New music man at the helm

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THE new musical director of Daventry Choral Society will take charge of his first concert later this month.

Nicholas Scott-Burt took over from Alexander Walker at the beginning of the year and will be leading the society in a performance of Spring Fanfare at Holy Cross Church in the town.

Nicholas said: “I had done some work with the choral society for the past year and had been involved with rehearsals when I found out that the job was available.

“I was obviously interviewed and auditioned for the job but I was delighted when I got it. I think the group is very friendly and very welcoming to newcomers. I have really enjoyed working with them for the first three months on the first concert.”

The concert includes pieces from the brass and woodwind sections of the Orchestra da Camera. The choir will sing compositions including Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor and John Rutter’s Gloria.

He describes the music as a challenge but one that the society’s members have risen to.

Nicholas added: “We have picked quite a task for this first concert because there are a lot of difficult notes for the choir. It has required a lot of practice.

“Bruckner’s mass was written at the end of the 19th century and is an extremely optimistic and wonderful piece to listen to. Gloria was written in the 1970s and has a touch of glamour, a bit of Hollywood about it.

“There is a broad range of music to be performed and that is something I will be looking to do during my time as the musical director. If we can broaden the appeal, then the more people will come and like this kind of choral music.”

Nicholas was also pleased with the choice of venue for the first concert.

He said: “Holy Cross Church has lovely acoustics, so it is a great venue to perform in. I am very happy with it.”

The broad range is something that he hopes will entice new members to the society.

Nicholas said: “If you have even the slightest interest in choral music, then I would say come along and experience this because there will be something in there for all tastes and ages.

“It would be pleasing if we could get some more members.”

The concert will take place on Saturday, March 26 and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets for the show cost between £9 and £12 or £1 for students in full time education.

They are available from society members or by phoning 01327 872238 or 01327 876370.

For more information, or to join the choral society, visit www.davchorweb.org.uk.