Harp on about classical concert

A CHOIR, harpist, organist and oboist are coming together to produce an evening of classical music.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 6th May 2011, 7:00 am

The 24 singers in The Locrian Chamber Choir will be performing a range of pieces by celebrated composers, including Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and three motets by Bruckner.

Other composers to be showcased are Fauré, Finzi, Franck, Palestrina and Classic FM’s recent composer in residence, Patrick Hawes.

Singing the soprano solos for the Potton based choir will be local musician, Alison Eames.

And Bedfordshire music teacher, Karen Brown, will treat the audience to two oboe pieces by Carl Nielsen, followed by Justin Waters’ organ solo.

The performers will be joined at St Andrew’s Church in Bedford by Stephanie Beck, a young harpist from Liechtenstein.

The choir is known in this area for its fine performances of its broad classical repertoire.

Justin Thomas started the choir nearly 20 years ago and is its musical director and conductor.

He said: “We’ve been looking for quite a while for the right opportunity to showcase our abilities to a wider audience and St Andrew’s is ideal. It’s a modern building with a super acoustic and it’s great for the audience too.

“Stephanie is a very exciting addition to our concert. She is a former member of the European Youth Orchestra and is really making a name for herself in the professional world.”

The concert will take place tomorrow (Saturday, May 7) in the Kimbolton Road church.

Entry for the 7.30pm concert costs £8 for adults and £4 for under 18s. Tickets are available on the door or in advance from Juliet on 01767 226123.