Northampton's St Matthew's Church announces line up of 'Saturday Concerts' to celebrate lockdown easing

The first Saturday concert, aptly called 'Reawakening' will take place this week

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 4:46 pm
Philippa Hyde
Philippa Hyde

St Matthew's Church in Northampton has announced a series of 'Saturday Concerts' to celebrate the gradual easing of restrictions and the 'coming of Summer'.

The first concert, appropriately titled 'Reawakening' to signify the reclaimed freedoms many could only wish for in the last year, will take place at 4pm on Saturday, May 22. It will feature the international soprano, Philippa Hyde, accompanied by St Matthew's director of music on the piano, Justin Miller.

Mr Miller said: "We count ourselves more than merely fortunate to have Philippa here at St Matthew’s to set our musical ball rolling once again and, I suspect, to give it a jolly good kick in the direction of our goal!

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"She enjoys a distinguished career throughout the world, from the acoustically rich Roman amphitheatre at Sabratha in Libya, to New Delhi – and also to such glorious venues as the Chapel of Versailles and the magnificent throne room of Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Palace.

"All of this in addition to being no stranger to many of the major concert halls of London and Europe.”

Composers will include Schumann and Handel, leading on to the works of English composers, Michael Head, John Ireland and Roger Quitter.

Tickets are available on the St Matthew's Church website at