This coming week will see a real celebration of British music in Northamptonshire.
The music of English composer Benjamin Britten will no doubt be cropping up a lot this year as 2013 marks the centenary of his birth. All Saints Church in Northampton is today (1.10pm) taking part in the celebrations by holding a performance of Lachrymae, performed by the Gagliano Ensemble. The concert will feature viola soloist Robert Ames, a former chorister of All Saints and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. Tickets cost £7 or £5.
On Saturday (at 7.30pm) there will also be a Music of the British Isles concert at Abington Avenue United Reformed Church, featuring music by Alwyn, Elgar and others. Local harpist Elizabeth York will join the Northampton Concert Orchestra in the event. Tickets cost £6.
On Sunday, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will also be playing in the very British Last Night Of The Derngate Proms at the Royal & Derngate, accompanied by the Northampton Bach Choir. Audiences will have the chance to enjoy Proms classics such as Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance.
The concert will be held at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14-£32.50 for adults, £11 for 14-26-year-olds and £5 for under 14s. Visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk
RPO members will be holding two Opera-tastic workshops at the Royal & Derngate earlier that day, for early years (two to five-year-olds, at 11.30am and 12.30pm) and juniors (six to 13-year-olds, 1pm to 2.30pm). The sessions aim to use songs and games to introduce musical concepts in a fun environment. Tickets cost £2.50 per child, including one free adult. Advance booking is recommended. Ring 01604 624811.