Classic Notes: by Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

Whenever choral groups for men are mentioned, I tend to think first of the wonderful music of famous Welsh choirs celebrating the sounds of the valleys.

But here in Northampton there are also some excellent choirs, many of which have been long-established and which have earned a faithful following.

One such is the Northampton Male Voice Choir, which was originally formed as far back as 1946 and which (according to its website), in 1980, was granted the privilege of wearing the Northampton Coat of Arms badge in recognition of its work for charities.

These days it keeps up that tradition and on Saturday, May 11, the choir, led by musical director Stephen Bell, will perform in a concert at Park Avenue North Methodist Church, staged by the Northampton Town & County Scottish Association.

The concert, which features performances by soloist Paula Wilson, will be held at 7.30pm in aid of the Macmillan Oesophageal Cancer Support Group and the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (Northamptonshire Branch). Tickets are £8. Call 01604 637405 or 01604 810202 for details.

On Saturday at 7.30pm, top flautist Adam Walker of the London Symphony Orchestra will be giving a recital at Dingley Church, near Market Harborough, on the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire border.

He will perform with James Baillieu on piano. The programme will include music by Schubert, Poulenc and Barber. Tickets cost £18 or £9 for students. See