Classic Notes - with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

One mysterious but common complaint in choirs is the struggle to attract new male members.

Yet when Stephen Bell, who leads the Northampton Male Voice Choir, launched a drive to attract members to a new all-male choir - Northampton Men Allowed - the project was a success.

New members have been given six weeks to rehearse for a special concert at the Cripps Theatre, at Northampton School For Boys, on October 12 at 7.30pm, which is set to raise funds for Help 4 Heroes (tickets £12, reductions available).

It is expected that about 45 singers will take to the stage, alongside singer Faryl Smith and the Bournemouth Male Voice Choir, to sing a programme of music, including Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. A few tickets remain. See

Also taking place early next month (October 4, 7.45pm) will be a concert by Italian violinist, Francesca Dego, and pianist, Francesca Leonardi, former students of The Royal College of Music. The pair will perform a programme including Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano and Tzigane by Ravel, at Oundle School’s Great Hall.

This Sunday at 7.30pm, The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre in Northampton will be the setting for a Last Night Of The Proms concert. The programme will include Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance. Admission is £10. To book, call 01604 754782.

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