Mad about the music

A MUSICAL group is calling for people to support a new project linked to their next concert.

People are invited to a free workshop organised by baroque chamber group Fiori Musicali, at Daventry Country Park on Saturday, May 7. There is the chance to learn all about photography, creative writing and nature during the workshop, which is part of a series of events called Mad About the Season.

Some of the day’s results will be used as part of the group’s concert taking place at the iCon when they perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on Saturday, May 21.

The workshop will be taken by poet Patrick Bond and digital artist Monica Fernandez who will be helping people develop their skills.

Fiori Musical’s director Penelope Rapson said: “We are all becoming more conscious of how precious our world’s natural environment is.

“It’s not just the hugely impressive natural phenomena like mountains and waterfalls, rainforests and oceans, but it’s the little details and changes we can notice nearer to home – the hairy caterpillar that is no longer around, the cuckoo that isn’t heard so often.”

The group is using the project to help generate more interest in their style of music.

Before the concert there will also be a talk between environmental photographer Dr Julian Parfitt and Patrick talking about the work of poet John Clare and his links with the seasons.

Dr Parfitt’s exhibition showing a 12-mile stretch around villages including Preston Capes, Fawsley, Little Preston and Badby, will be on display prior to the concert.

Penelope added: “The world is changing and John Clare back in the 19th century saw his natural world changing too and captured so many details in his poetry.

“Our project is a springboard for a series of events that challenge us all to look afresh at our rural and cultural heritage.”

For more information on the project, either turn up at the visitors centre at 11am or visit

The workshop runs until 1pm.

Tickets for the May concert cost between £15 and £20 and can be booked by calling 01327 360931.

For more information visit their website www.fiori-