Classic Notes: with Anna Brosnan

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After the hectic diary of Christmas concerts, January is presenting a much calmer music scene across Northamptonshire.

Although carols may no longer dominate the musical agenda, there are plenty of other exciting dates for the diary, coming up this month.

Most people blessed with a talent for music will appreciate their ability to sing or play an instrument, but perhaps pianist Janina Fialkowska values her skills more than most.

Arthur Rubinstein’s protege and a brilliant interpreter of Chopin’s music, Janina underwent a personal trauma in 2002 when she had surgery after a cancerous tumour was found in her shoulder muscle. Fortunately for fans of her music, she did not give up and kept practising with one hand until experimental treatment in 2004 meant she could play again.

On January 27, at 7.30pm, she will play a programme including Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton. Tickets cost between £14 and £32.50. Read an interview with Janina in the Chron later this month.

Another date to look forward to will be January 19 at the Royal & Derngate, when music will mentally transport audiences back to 19th century Vienna during an evening of entertainment provided by the Johann Strauss Orchestra and Dancers.

One Night in Vienna, which starts at 7.30pm, will include a programme of music full of classics such as The Blue Danube Waltz and The Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus. The guest soprano will be Charlotte Ellett. Tickets range from £16 to £30.

Those looking for some musical treats earlier in the month can pop in to All Saints Church in Northampton today at 1.10pm where the first Lunchtime Live concert of the new year will be held. Please keep me posted with your classical news at the above email address.