Classic Notes - with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

If there is anything that makes me suddenly want to fly off to Vienna for a bit of a holiday then it is the sound of the waltzes and polkas penned by Johann Strauss.

And here is a bit of advanced notice about a concert bound to attract fellow Strauss fans. News has already been announced of a UK tour by the Johann Strauss Gala, which will arrive at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate on January 19 at 3pm.

Presented and conducted by Rainer Hersch, the tour promises to whisk audiences back to 19th century Vienna with a light-hearted programme of dance music. The Johann Strauss Orchestra will perform pieces such as the famous Blue Danube Waltz and Roses From The South and will be accompanied by the Johann Strauss Dancers, all clad in period costume. For more details, see

Coming up a little sooner on the calendar is a concert by Kettering’s Belcanto Female Voice Choir, which will take place at All Saints Church in Pytchley on September 28 at 7.30pm. The choir will perform a varied repertoire of choral music with instrumental solos, comprising songs from the shows, folk songs and classical pieces. Tickets cost £8 (including a glass of wine) and proceeds will go to the Pytchley Church Heritage Trust. To book, email or ring 01536 790984.

I always like to hear from choirs, orchestras and other music groups across Northamptonshire. Anyone who would like to see their concert featured in Classical Notes can email me or ring 01604 467046.