Column: Classical Notes

Fiori Musicali
Fiori Musicali

He may have been born in Germany but, years after his death, it is safe to say that George Friedrich Handel has been fully and properly embraced by British people as one of their own.

As someone who later became a naturalised Brit, much of his music now goes hand in hand with this country’s patriotic fervour.

So in the Jubilee year it seems unsurprising that Handel’s name has cropped up quite often in Northamptonshire concerts.

On the music page this week we had a preview of the first in a series of three concerts at The Castle in Wellingborough, entitled Introducing Mr Handel, starting today at 12.30pm.

Handel will also feature prominently in a concert on Sunday at Abington’s “Church in the Park,” performed by the choir of the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Abington.

The concert entitled Music for Royal Celebrations will include works by Handel as well as Stanford, Purcell, Blow and McKee. After tea and home made cakes there will also be a performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C.

The concert, conducted by Michael Brooks, with Jonathan Starmer on organ, will begin at 4pm. Admission is by donation to church funds.

But it’s not all about Mr Handel this week, as music with a religious flavour will be performed at the Abbey Centre Baptist Church in East Hunsbury on Saturday.

The Welsh choir Cambrensis, led by musical director Jeffery Howard, will perform from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and entrance is by ticket only. For more information, ring 01604 767568 or log onto the choir’s website at www.

A last tip for the following week is another concert in a church as The Orphean Singers lead an evening of music celebrating the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday, starting at 7.30pm, at St Mary & St Giles in Stony Stratford.

Entrance is free but a collection will be taken for the Willis Pipe Organ Fund.

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