Classic Notes - with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

Think of Northamptonshire’s composers and the popular names of the past, such as Sir Malcolm Arnold, may well spring to mind.

But today there are still county composers actively producing music.

One is Wellingborough composer, Richard Leigh, who has produced a new choral work which highlights the spiritual unity underlying the world’s major religions. The hour-long piece, entitled Rivers, will be performed for the first time on Saturday, September 7, at St John’s Smith Square in London. It will be performed by the 80-strong, award-winning Northants County Youth Choir and, at the work’s dramatic conclusion, the choir will be joined on screen by the Gathering Sound Virtual Choir, made up of singers from all over the world. Singers from as many different backgrounds and faiths as possible are being invited to take part through the website, by learning the choral parts and uploading their contributions to YouTube. The videos will be synchronised with the live performance.

Rivers marks the centenary of two visits made by Sir ‘Abdu’l-Baha Abbas Effendi to Britain in 1911 and 1913. He was the son of the founder of the Baha’i faith and its appointed leader.

The concert will take place at 7.30pm and tickets cost £20, £16, £14, £10 or £6 for concessions. Call 020 72221061 or visit

Please let me know about any forthcoming concerts you would like publicised by emailing me at the above address or calling 01604 467046.