There seems to be plenty of interesting choral news to share in this week’s Classical Notes column.
Firstly, I am giving some advanced notice of a concert due to be held by Daventry Choral Society on Saturday, November 30 at 7.30pm.
The company will be singing works by Faure, Saint-Saens and their own musical director Dr Nicholas Scott-Burt. These include Faure’s Requiem and Saint-Saen’s Chistmas Oratorio. Five professional artists will be on hand to sing the parts reserved for soloists. For more booking details, see www.davchorweb.org.uk.
Also, a reminder about a concert to be held on Saturday by the newly formed choir Northampton Men Allowed. The event will include performances by singer Faryl Smith and the Bournemouth Male Voice Choir. The concert, at The Cripps Theatre, Northampton School For Boys, will start at 7.30pm. Tickets will cost £12. Ring 01604 258666. Proceeds will go to the charity Help For Heroes.
For those willing to travel a little further afield to concerts, Oundle School’s Chapel Choir will be singing evensong at Peterborough Cathedral on October 31. The event, which starts at 7.30pm, is to celebrate the link the choir has with the cathedral through Robert Quinney, who is now Director of Music at the Cathedral and also Director of Oundle for Organists. Admission is free.
A free concert will also be held at 1.30pm today and on October 31 at St Peter’s Church, Oundle. The concerts will include vocal performances and pieces on string, woodwind and brass.