This year marks the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, and All Saints Church in Northampton has taken this to heart with musical events to mark this special anniversary.
Today at 1.10pm, acclaimed soprano, Philippa Hyde, accompanied by her husband, Richard Tanner - director of music at Rugby School - will give a recital of songs by Britten, Mozart and Schumann. Tickets £7 or £5.
On Sunday at 10.30am, the Boys and Men Choir will perform Britten’s setting of Jubilate Deo and Psalm 150, at the church’s High Mass.
Another chance to hear the composer’s work will be given at the Lunchtime Live! series on June 27 at 1.10pm when Natham Lam will perform Britten’s complete organ works, including an arrangement of Frank Bridge’s The Sea. Tickets £7 or £5.
As an advanced note, the Royal & Derngate has announced its 2012/2013 Orchestral Season, so it would be worth checking www. royalandderngate.co.uk for details. Highlights include six concerts by the RPO.
More musical theatre than classical, but I would like to give a mention to the ‘Summer Concert Sung By Sound Sensation’, the concert party of the KOS Musical Theatre Company, which will take place on Saturday at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Kettering, in aid of the 17th Kettering St Andrews Scout Group. Tickets cost £5. Ring 01536 483270.
Lastly, The Seagrave Singers and guests will perform Songs For A Summer Evening at All Saints Church, William Street, Kettering, on Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7, including wine and nibbles. Call 01536 518726.