Classic Notes - with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

Howard Goodall’s enthralling show, The Story of Music, may have ended its run on BBC Two, but it certainly proved – whether baroque or house, classical or rock – that all composition is related somewhere along the line.

In the last episode at the weekend he encouraged modern audiences to enjoy the huge variety of music we now have at our fingertips and ‘just play.’ And there are plenty of opportunities to do that in Northamptonshire.

The music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells and Michael Tippett will be celebrated at 7.30pm on Saturday, when the Northampton Philharmonic Choir performs a concert at St Michael’s Church in Perry Street, Northampton.

Tickets cost £10 each or £5 for students and are available on the door or by calling 07958 768661.

Also this weekend, The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough will provide the setting for a two-day voice workshop, led by Dan Evans, which aims to help people find their voice and sing with confidence.

The Everyone Can Sing event requires no former musical knowledge and will run from 10am–5pm on Saturday and from 10am–4pm on Sunday. The cost is £65 or £52 for concessions. See for booking information.

Members of the County Youth Concert Band, the County Training Wind Orchestra and the County Junior Wind Orchestra will be proving why wind instruments are so popular, in the NMPAT Wind Band Spectacular concert at the Royal & Derngate on Sunday. The performance will begin at 7.30pm and tickets cost £15, £14, £11 or £8. See for booking details.