Classic Notes: by Anna Brosnan

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I still remember the tale of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade being told to me by an old flute teacher; a disturbing story not fully appreciated by my then 15-year-old ears.

A woman-hating Sultan commits himself to marrying a virgin a day before beheading them and moving on to the next one. Scheherazade manages to save her life by being able to entertain her less-than-lovely husband with interesting stories.

The music of Scheherazade, a series of musical tales drawn from The Arabian Nights, is hauntingly beautiful, perhaps due to its sad story.

And audiences will have the chance to hear this, as well as music by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, when Alexander Shelley leads the RPO in concert at Derngate on Sunday, April 14.

A pre-concert talk will be given at 6.30pm and the concert will start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £14 to £32.50. Tickets are £11 for those aged under 26. See

Also on the county’s musical agenda is a music appreciation event at The Castle theatre in Wellingborough on April 10, led by Penelope Rapson, director of Fiori Musicali. The event will start at 7.30pm, tickets cost £7.50. The theme will be The Little World of Don Vivaldi.

Music by Chopin and Puccini will be performed at an evening of classical music at Moulton Church on April 6, starting at 7.30pm. Ring 01604 495393. Tickets cost £10, including wine and canapes. Proceeds go to the NSPCC and church funds.

Lastly, Nathan Lam will give an Eastertide organ recital at All Saints Church, Northampton, at 1.10pm today. Admission free.