Church hosts historic music

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A BAROQUE chamber group will be putting on a concert at Canons Ashby over the Easter weekend.

The Priory Church in the village will be resounding to pre-Easter music from Fiori Musicali. The evening concert held on Friday, April 6 will be in collaboration with the National Trust.

Fiori, under the directorship of local musician Penelope Rapson, will be marking Good Friday with music from 16th century music, including Tallis’ famous setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah.

Penelope is something of an expert on Tallis’ music, having spent many years researching the composer’s manuscripts.

She comments: “Tallis is a musician many people know through his hymn tunes and through the fantasia that Vaughan Williams composed on his music.

“He epitomises the best of English Tudor music and his Lamentations are among the most powerful and emotional of his Latin works.”

Canons Ashby Church, now in the care of the National Trust, houses many monuments to the celebrated Dryden family, who have lived at the adjacent Canons Ashby House since the 15th century.

The church also has an authentic 17th-century organ, and playing this will be organist, Ivan Linford, who recently accompanied the Fiori Choir at Peterborough Cathedral.

Fiori’s work is recognised by Arts Council England and the BBC with professional concerts supported locally by South Northamptonshire Council.

Penelope added: “Fiori’s philosophy is that everyone should be able to experience and enjoy the very best of live classical music, wherever they live.

“This is why we bring our concerts to as many rural locations as possible, and Canons Ashby, with all its historical literary connections, is a very special place to perform.

“So if you are into the best of classical music, this is a concert not to be missed.”

Early booking is recommended due to the size of the church to avoid disappointment.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £15 or £10 for concessions.

To book tickets, call the box office on 01327 360931 or visit