Column: Classical Notes

All Saints Church, Northampton
All Saints Church, Northampton

Once the place where poet John Clare loitered, selling scraps of poetry to passers-by, All Saints Church in Northampton stands as a testament to the town’s history.

But All Saints is about much more than memories, as today it is still a community hub and a place particularly known for its musical life, as well as religious significance.

Next Thursday, November 1, the director of music will be giving an organ recital at the Lunchtime Live! concert, which starts at 1.10pm. The pieces will be themed around the saints... quite fitting for All Saints Day.

Then at 6pm, the combined choirs of boys, girls and men will lead the church’s Patronal Festival High Mass, with performances of Malcolm Archer’s Missa Omnes Sancti and Robert Ashfield’s The Fair Chivalry.

Churches seem to have 
become important and valued venues for classical performances and, just over the county border in Market Harborough, The Congregational Church in High Street will host a concert on Sunday entitled Magic, 
Machines and Marionettes.

The concert, which will be held at 3pm, will include performances by internationally-acclaimed harpist, Eleanor Turner.

Ravel’s masterpiece, Introduction and Allegro, is said to include “one of the most demanding, impressive and virtuosic harp cadenzas ever written.”

Also performing are flautist, Lisa Nelsen, and clarinettist, Marie Lloyd.

This will be a concert full of French music, also including Debussy’s Deux Arabesques, the famous Dolly Suite by Faure, and Eric Satie’s Gymnopedie.

After the concert there is the chance to meet the musicians over complimentary tea and coffee.

Harborough Concerts are now teaming up with The Three Swans Hotel who are providing freshly-made cakes and pastries.

Tickets cost £10, £8 for concessions, and are free for under 18s.

To reserve seats telephone 079030201201 or email