Classical Notes: with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

Singer Faryl Smith has been around for so long now, it is shocking to realise the child star is still only 17.

At the age of 13, this Kettering school girl earned a place in the country’s hearts when she sang her way to the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Four years later and her music is still being enjoyed and her fans will be in for a treat this month when she performs as a special guest in her home town at a concert organised by the Kettering female voice choir, Belcanto. The programme for the concert, at the Kettering Salvation Army Hall in Rockingham Road, boasts an eclectic mix of performances ranging from a nocturne by Chopin, played by Robert Clark on piano, to Gustav Holst’s Hymn to Vena sung by Belcanto. The concert will start at 7pm on January 26 and tickets cost £8 or £6 for concessions. To buy tickets in advance, call Alison on 07855 406766 or email ajwise@

Across the county, in Northampton, the Royal & Derngate has a busy programme of music scheduled for January, including a chance to enjoy the music of Strauss on January 19 as part of One Night in Vienna, and an opportunity to hear famous works by Tchaikovsky when the Moscow City Ballet take to the stage to perform Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker (January 21-26). Read more on the theatre pages.

On January 27, the theatre will stage a Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Family Day, in which participants will be taught more about how composers have put rural life into their music. This event will begin at 1pm and tickets cost £2.50 per child (price includes accompanying adults). The workshop is recommended for those aged six to 13 and youngsters are welcome to take along an instrument if they like.

As an extra note, the Bozeat Windmill Singers have also been in contact as they are currently looking for a new musical director. The role will begin this spring. Anyone interested can email Roy Gatehouse on or ring 01604 890739.