Classic Notes: with Anna Brosnan

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Easter has long been seen as an inspiring time when it comes to composing.

With music playing such an important part in religious services, many composers have used the story of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection to create glorious orchestral and choral works which can be enjoyed by Christians and non-Christians alike.

And there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy musical performances this Easter.

On Easter Sunday, All Saints Church in Northampton will host an Opera Mass at 10.30am, including performances by the church’s choirs and soloists from the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Music will include Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Mascagni’s Easter Hymn and Verdi’s Grand March from Aida. Entry is free.

Then, on Thursday, April 4 at 1.10pm, Nathan Lam will give an Eastertide organ recital at the church, with music by Bach and Mendelssohn. Admission free.

Tomorrow at 7.30pm, the Seasonal Singers will present a concert “for Passiontide and Easter” in Abington Avenue United Reformed Church.

The choir will perform the People’s Passion Mass by Sasha Johnson Manning as well as Easter extracts from Handel’s Messiah. Admission free, with a retiring collection.

On April 6 at 7.30pm, Moulton Church will stage a concert in aid of the NSPCC and church funds. Programme will include performances by soprano Rachel Wild and classical pianist Alexander Kirk. Music by Chopin, Handel, Puccini and Vaughan Williams. Ring 01604 495393. Tickets £10, including wine/canapes.