Friday 10th May
Northampton Male Voice Choir
Founded just over seventy years ago, the Northampton Male Voice Choir is well known for lively, entertaining and often extremely tender performances. The choir is director by Stephen Bell and concerts involve an exciting selection of songs from the 1960's and 70's through to the modern day. The Choir won the Open Choirs Class at the Northampton Eisteddfod in 2018 (retaining the Challenge Cup for the 3rd year running) and performs in over 20 concerts and events a year. We are thrilled that they will be opening the 2019 Festival.
For a little taste of NMVC in performance click here
Saturday 11th May
Brixworth Festival Orchestra
Brixworth Festival Orchestra takes the stage under the baton of our Festival Patron, Peter Dunkley. The programme will include the Overture to The Magic Flute by Mozart, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (soloist Richard Roper, the Head of Strings for the county) and Beethoven’s Symphony no.3.
Sunday 12th May
At All Saints Church
Transcendental music from the Renaissance and the Modern. This Northamptonshire based early music ensemble was founded in 1983 and is one of the UK’s principal providers of classical and early music concerts outside London. Programme to be announced.
Fiori Musicali Choir, Penelope Rapson director.
Tuesday 14th May
Northamptonshire Community Choir and John Clare Wind Quintet
The Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust’s Community Choir was founded 3 years ago as a community group for people who simply love to sing and want to improve. It is directed by Graham Tear and performs a wide range of styles, from choral classics, to songs from the shows.
The John Clare Wind Quintet's members all hail from Northamptonshire where they formed whilst working for Northamptonshire Music Trust. The ensemble has given concerts to great acclaim across the UK and has taken part in the Brixworth Music Festival since its inception. Their music ranges across the whole spectrum of the wind quintet repertoire from easy listening to the more avant garde. The players are; Graham Tear (flute), Kathy Roberts (oboe), Peter Dunkley (clarinet), Lyndon Hilling (bassoon) and Ruth Allen (horn).
Wednesday 15th May
An Evening of Poetry and Song
Some of our best local singers and musicians present this delightful evening which includes performances by Chloe Willson-Thomas (soprano and the Rector of Brixworth), Gwion Thomas (baritone), Kay Soteriou (mezzo soprano) and David Saint (writer, broadcaster and retired Anglican priest). Programme to follow shortly.
Thursday 16th May
Scenes from her Life
The lively libretto by author and broadcaster David Saint tells the story of this Northampton heroine who dedicated her life to helping women who emigrated to Australia in the 19th century. Vivienne Olive's chamber opera was originally written for the Northampton based ensemble “Muse and Music” and was first performed to great acclaim in Northampton in the presence of the Australian High Commissioner. Subsequent performances took place in Australia and Germany. This is a new arrangement for the Nuremberg based accordion ensemble, “Timeless d”accord” with singers from the Nuremberg Hochschule für Musik, working together with the original members of Muse and Music, Kay Soteriou and David Saint, who will be directing and narrating.
Friday 17th May
Tedesca String Quartet
A fantastic opportunity to hear this Midlands based String Quartet, which has a reputation for performances of great integrity and maturity. As part of this concert Tedesca, will be showcasing the winning piece from the Festival's International Competition for Women Composers, alongside pianist, Charles Matthews, performing on the Festival's new grand piano. The programme also includes Mozart String quartet in D K499 ‘Hoffmeister’ and Schumann Piano quintet.
Saturday 18th May
Piano Recital - Oksana King
An afternoon piano recital with the Russian born, Brixworth-based pianist, Oksana King. This is Oksana's third Festival recital. Her programme will be announced. The afternoon promises some stunningly beautiful pieces from this gifted performer.
"Songs from the Shows": Northampton Musical Theatre Company
From Annie Get Your Gun to Sister Act, there isn’t much the Northampton Musical Theatre Company hasn't performed since it started up over a century ago. The group was originally the Northampton Amateur Operatic Company and is amongst the oldest amateur dramatic institutions in the country that is still performing. The Company produces musical theatre shows and concerts to great acclaim throughout the year. This evening gives you a flavour of performances past and present.
Sunday 19th May
At All Saints Church
Brixworth U3A Songsters, Singing Saints & Brixworth Primary School Choir
Brixworth Flute Group
This is a free concert. Programme to be announced.
At All Saints Church
We are delighted to welcome back early music specialist, Sarah Small playing her Viola da Gamba. Her ensemble includes Felix Heuser (Voice), Morag Johnston (Baroque Violin) and Gabor Juhasz playing Renaissance Lute. A really unusual concert, not to be missed.
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