Classic Notes, with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

This has been a busy year for the music of Benjamin Britten, as instrumental groups everywhere have been choosing to play perhaps a little more of the composer’s work to mark 100 years since his birth.

There will be yet another opportunity to enjoy Britten’s work at All Saints Church in Northampton on November 22 at 7pm. The concert will be held in honour of St Cecilia and will feature the music of Britten on the day that would have been his 100th birthday.

The combined choirs of All Saints, joined by musicians from the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) will be performing Britten works including Ceremony of Carols, Rejoice in the Lamb, Friday Afternoons and Hymn to St Cecilia.

The evening will conclude with the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Out Of The Whirlwind. Tickets cost £10 or £7. See www. for booking details.

Not strictly classical, but also coming up in November, there will be a free concert by Northampton’s longest-running community wind band, the Northampton Concert Band.

The programme will include music the group will be performing the following Sunday at the National Concert Band Festival Midlands regional heat, which is part of the UK’s largest wind band and big band festival.

The concert will take place at 8pm on Friday, November 15 at the Main Function Hall of the Cripps Recreational Centre, Cliftonville, Northampton. Entry is limited, so tickets will be ‘first come, first served’.