Classic Notes: with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

From the organ to a string quartet or full orchestra, there are plenty of opportunities to tempt classical music fans in the coming weeks.

Whether it evokes mental images of the great landscapes of America, or simply scenes from the Hovis bread advert, Dvorak’s New World Symphony remains a popular choice for music lovers. And there will be an opportunity to hear it when the Northampton Symphony Orchestra gives a concert at Spinney Hill Theatre, Northampton, on April 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £13 or £11 (concessions) on the door, or £12 or £10 (concessions) in advance. Call 01604 792207.

In Wellingborough, there will be a treat for string music fans when the Alauda Quartet play a programme of Mozart and Haydn as part of The Castle Theatre’s lunchtime series. The concert will be held on Friday, April 19 at 12.30pm (tickets £10).

Also at The Castle, the Wellingborough & District Lions Club will present its annual organ concert on Thursday, April 18, at 7.30pm. The performance will be by Nicholas Martin, former organist at Turner’s Merry-Go-Round, Northampton. Tickets cost £9. For more details on performances at The Castle, visit

As an extra note, the Arts Barn Gilbert & Sullivan Society are looking for an accompanist for rehearsals and occasional concerts. A pianist is needed who is reasonably familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan and songs from the shows. A small fee will be available. Rehearsals take place in Mill Road, Wellingborough. Phone Margaret Shirley on 01933 681170.