Classical Notes with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

Despite having never been a brilliant singer, I can hit a note on key and over the years that has been enough to earn me a place in a number of choirs.

There is a definite joy involved in singing as part of a group. When singing alone you may wonder why anyone would ever pay to attend a concert featuring your own warblings but, in harmony with about 100 other singers, a tremendous power can be created.

Invariably there is an eccentric conductor involved in drawing the choral magic together, one of a rare breed willing to sweat their way through an intensely stressful period of often bad rehearsals, knowing that any weak spot in the music could throw the entire choir and orchestra into disarray on the performance night.

And it looks like a number of choral groups in the county are looking to give people the opportunity to try out their vocal talents.

On Saturday, February 9, the Towcester Choral Society will hold an all-day workshop at Towcester Town Hall from 10am to 4.30pm, ending with a short free concert so that family and friends can hear what attendees have achieved.

The group is inviting all types of singer, no matter what their level of experience, to learn more about singing by ear, by sight, harmonising and improvising.

The event will be run by Helen Swift, musical director. The cost of the event will be £12, or £7 for those aged under 18. Tea and coffee will be supplied, but participants should bring their own lunches. For more information, email or ring 01327 830593.

At All Saints Church in Northampton, participants will next month be welcomed to the annual Be a Chorister event on Sunday, February 3. Those interested in this event should log on to the church website as more information will be revealed nearer the time.