Classic Notes: with Anna Brosnan

editorial image

Music may well be a natural gift, but those who want to get involved in singing or playing instruments would be advised to learn as much about it as they can, whenever the opportunity arises.

And, judging by some recent emails I have received, there will be plenty of chances in the coming days for people to attend taster days and workshops in Northamptonshire.

Some internationally successful British musicians will be at Caroline Chisholm School on Saturday and Sunday to direct a music course run by Northamptonshire Orchestral Winds.

The course will include Saturday masterclasses on conducting with Tim Reynish and one entitled ‘A Silent Movie’ by Martin Ellerby, as well as a Sunday masterclass with jazz trumpeter Steve Waterman, entitled Ellergy for Miles Davis.

The course concert, the Best of British Wind Band Music, will run on Sunday at 6.45pm. Tickets are £7 or £4 for concessions.

Anyone interested in booking one of the last remaining places on the two day course should visit

The Northampton branch of the Royal School of Church Music will also be staging an event on Saturday at St Matthew’s Church in The Drive, Northampton, with the aim of introducing children to church choirs across the town.

The free taster day will include an introduction to singing through various fun musical activities, including the opportunity to experience singing in small groups and in a larger choir.

The workshop, run by Stephen Moore, St Matthews’ Director of Music, will be held from 2pm until 4pm. To book, call Andrew Moodie on 01604 780507.

Another quick reminder that Towcester Choral Society will be holding a choral workshop on Saturday at Towcester Town Hall, from 10am to 4.30pm, ending with a short free concert.

The cost will be £12 or £7 for under 18s. For details, call 01327 830593.