Musical flavour to Stamford Georgian Festival

Soprano Janet Forbes will take part in the 2015 Stamford Georgian Festival. EMN-150818-112431001

Soprano Janet Forbes will take part in the 2015 Stamford Georgian Festival. EMN-150818-112431001

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This year’s Stamford Georgian Festival will begin and end on a musical note, with several concerts scheduled for the event.

A “Victory for Nelson” prelude concert will help launch the event at St John’s Church on the evening of Thursday, September 24.

The Burghley Voices will lead the concert with soloists and an orchestra conducted by Fergus Black in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson, the inspirational Georgian naval commander immortalised through his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

The musical theme continues with folk songs from the Napoleonic era from Frumenty and their Georgian songbook in the grounds of Browne’s Hospital on Saturday, September 26 at 12.30pm. Later on Saturday a teatime organ recital takes place in the Burghley House Chapel with Fergus Black playing a selection of period pieces.

On Sunday, September 27, Chameleon performs the music of Austrian composer Haydn in the Stamford Arts Centre ballroom with his English Canzonets combining with contemporary English composers. Soprano Janet Forbes will be accompanied by Douglas Hollick playing his 1809 Broadwood Grant Pianoforte, very similar to those used by Haydn in London.

And All Saint’s Church evensong at 6.30pm the same day features a choir singing Georgian music.

The full programme can be found at www.stamfordgeorgianfestival.co.uk. Tickets can be booked online or from Stamford Arts centre, in person or 01780 763203.

○ Festival workshops will be held this weekend for those who want to get involved in the event. Three drop-in sessions will be held tomorrow in the Stamford Arts Centre Ballroom at 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm.

People are asked to bring old clothing, charity shop finds or material remnants to convert to Georgian clothing.