Two very different concerts coming to Harborough area

Novus Cantores
Novus Cantores

There will be something for everyone with two types of concert coming to the Market Harborough area on Saturday.

Lutterworth based choir Novus Cantores will be performing at Great Bowden Church while the renamed Harborough Big Band can be heard at Harborough Methodist Church.

Alpha to Omega is the name of the concert performed by the 40 strong choir.

The concert is a selection of powerful choruses including a few short solos with extracts from Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah.

The choir was founded 27 years ago by Cedric Carnall but has now entered a new chapter under the musical direction of Chris Hill.

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available on the door, are £8 including a glass of wine £4 for under 16’s.

Brass, Wind and Fire is rebranding as Harborough Big Band to create greater recognition for its role in the community and the style of music it plays.

To celebrate this fresh start, it is to host The Great American Songbook – a celebration of the all time big band greats, which will include ballads such as Summertime, Fly Me to the Moon and Mack the Knife.

Jerry Wallwark, Harborough Big Band’s chair, said: “Last year the band celebrated its tenth anniversary and we agreed that it was time for us to develop a different image to reaffirm our position in the community and demonstrate our love for the town – as reflected in our new branding.

“We are made up of some exceptionally talented musicians from across the Harborough District and we felt it was important to promote this through the name change.

“We hope that by becoming Harborough Big Band we can develop our following locally and also attract more talented musicians to join us.

“We are really looking forward to the concert. It has some tremendous numbers, so we encourage everyone who comes to bring their dancing shoes.”

It starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Halo Jewellers on the High Street.