Classical Notes: by Anna Brosnan

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This weekend there will be a lot of prospects for classical music fans searching for some live entertainment.

As I mentioned last week, Kettering’s own Faryl Smith will be singing to crowds at the Kettering Salvation Army Hall in Rockingham Road on Saturday, in an event organised by the Kettering female voice choir Belcanto.

Just to remind readers, the concert will begin at 7pm and tickets cost £8 or £6 for concessions.

Also previously mentioned in this column, there should be some wonderful entertainment taking place at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton on Sunday at 7.30pm when pianist Janina Fialkowska will be playing some Chopin. She will be joined by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (tickets cost between £14 and £32.50). To read her inspiring story, see this week’s star interview page.

Moving further ahead in the diary and Sunday, February 3 will see the beautiful Sulgrave Manor acting as a setting for the New Year Concert held by Northamptonshire group Fiori Musicali.

Those unfamiliar with Sulgrave might be interested to know that the venue itself is the ancestral home of George Washington.

The evening of music will begin at 7.30pm and will include a performance of Concerto a quattro by Handel, Flute Partita in A minor by Bach, Devil’s Trill Sonata by Tartini, Telemann’s Quartet in E minor and the Concerto in D minor by Vivaldi.

Performers will include Kerstin Linder-Dewan on violin, Katy Bircher on flute, Kinga Gáborjáni on cello and Penelope Rapson on harpsichord.

Tickets cost £20 and there is 20 per cent off for children, students, unemployed people and blue badge holders. To find out more log on to

I would like to hear more about what is going on in Northamptonshire’s classical music scene. Anyone who would like their event to be included can email the address above or ring 01604 467046.