Musical treats for classical lovers

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Music has a knack of catching me out and often I come across recitals quite by chance.

One such event was on a recent visit to Stony Stratford. I heard music emanating from St Mary and St Giles Church. As the door was wide open, we couldn’t resist going inside. I realised that I’d stumbled upon the Organ Festival (held earlier this month). Looking at the coming weeks in Northamptonshire, which other events could draw in the crowds?

On September 23 at 7.30pm in the beautifully tucked away St Nicholas’ Church in Eydon, Fiori Musicali Chamber Choir, directed by Penelope Rapson will perform a concert called Byrd and Bach. Described as “Sublime music for solo cello” (with baroque cellist Kinga Gaborjan and a cappella choir) this programme of music by Bach, Byrd and Sheppard promises to be just that. Tickets £20, £15 concessions on 01327 360931 or book online through the website

I promised further information about The Annual Malcolm Arnold Festival weekend at the Royal & Derngate in a previous column and here it is. The festival takes place over the weekend of October 20 and 21.

Highlights will include, on October 20 at 7pm, A Gala Evening At The Opera, involving the world premiere of Sir Malcolm’s The Dancing Master, and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, conducted by John Gibbons.

The Annual Malcolm Arnold Festival Gala Concert, including a cello performance by Julian Lloyd Webber, will also be held on October 21 at 7.30pm. For more information and ticket prices log onto