Classic concerts 30 years old

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Atmospheric Heptonstall Parish Church will resonate to the sounds of classical music for three concerts celebrating the 30th year of Pennine Spring Music.

This popular festival offers a varied range of music for all visitors. It begins on Tuesday, May 26 with Handel’s Coronation Anthems 1&3 performed by orchestra and choir, Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with mother and daughter soloists Elizabeth and Becky Taylor, Britten’s Matinees Musicales Op 24 and Beethoven’s Symphony 5.

There is a heavy accent on youth at this year’s festival and featuring in the second concert on Thursday, May 28 are a group of musicians who are all studying at Oxford University.

The Clarendon Trio will perform work by Brahms, Ravel and Shostakovich.

They will be supported by the Pennine Spring Choir who will perform Part Songs by Schubert, The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whiteacre and Michael Martin’s When I hear Music. The final concert introduces young Austrian soprano Stephanie Pfeffer as soloist in Rutter’s Requiem. Stephanie is currently studying in Switzerland where she recently finished her Master’s degree. She gained her undergraduate degree with first class honours from the Royal Northern College of Music where she also won the RNCM Gold Medal, the highest accolade for performance at the college. The orchestra close the festival with Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.

All concerts throughout the week, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings start at 7.30pm. Tickets £10, £8 conc., £1 under 16’s are available from Tourist Information Centres or on the door.