Gilbert and Sullivan: Trial by the Merryman and the Lass that loved a Slave of Duty of Titipu



This very special concert of music by the Victorian writer W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan took place over two nights in Earls Barton Methodist Church.

We were proud to perform these concerts in memory of Andy Hart, a loyal singer and committee member of Earls Barton Music, who sadly passed away just over a year ago. Andy was a keen amateur singer but was a real G & S enthusiast. Andy sang with us right up until his death and in his last years suffered from Parkinson’s disease. It was his widow Margaret’s wish, who sings in the altos, that monies from these concerts be donated to Parkinson’s (Wellingborough) and we were pleased to be able to present a cheque for £1000 to David Hudson, regional chairman at the Saturday concert.

We welcomed singers from other societies in this show who made a huge difference with their knowledge of the works.

The shows featured music from Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, The Yeomen of the Guard, and The Pirates of Penzance. The programme was created by Vivien Caldwell who picked the music, wrote the links and directed the show. Viv’s impressive knowledge of G&S was invaluable in making the show a success.



Small screen, Big screen – a concert of TV and film music

""Jonathan Reynolds was the MC for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon performances of a range of film and TV theme tunes.

The programme began with two Disney medleys and We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 sung by soloist Paul Whiteman – these were much enjoyed by the younger members of the audience.

Next a rendition of Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, sung beautifully by Jonathan. This was followed by an ensemble performance of Lara’s Theme from Dr Zhivago, and My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music sung by Jeanette Houghton, then the very high-tempo Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and another Disney medley sung by the full choir.

Rita Gee treated us to a rendition of Smile from Modern Times, despite her broken foot, and the choir performed My Heart will Go On from  Titanic, followed by Silent Witness – arranged by Jon Rees.

The first half finished with a gallop as the choir delivered themes from The Vicar of Dibley, Red Dwarf, Mr Bean and Blackadder.

James Bond (aka Jonathan Reynolds) made an appearance after the interval and the choir sang Goldfinger, From Russia with Love and Nobody Does it Better. Claire Radd sang For Your Eyes Only, and the choir accompanied Stacey Bee as she sang Skyfall – arranged by our very own Jon Rees.

Next Jonathan and Claire treated us to Music of the Night and Phantom of the Opera, followed by Vois Sur Ton Chemin from Les Choristes and Hallelujah from Shrek performed by our ensemble group. May it Be from Fellowship of the Ring was sung hauntingly by soloist Hannah Flanagan, and the choir finished up this section of French and Fantasy with I’m a Believer from Shrek.

The concert came to a close with Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Life of Brian, which the audience couldn’t resist joining in with!

Thanks to musicians Kate Oram (Piano), Kevin Flanagan (Drums), Andrew Loake (Guitar), Steve Hollingshurst (Bass Guitar) and Stacey Bee (Saxaphone/Flute).

Needless to say much fun was had by all.

A big thank you to our supporters

Northamptonshire Community Foundation logoWe are very grateful to the Northamptonshire Community Foundation who have recently approved a grant of £3,000 to help us upgrade our sound system from analogue to digital.

The Northampton Community Foundation has supported us well over the past few years.  This latest grant is the third award that NCF has made to Earls Barton Music.

Ian, our fundraiser says:

We are engaged in a three-year project to upgrade the sound and lighting systems.  Phase 1 was the purchase of 10 lit music stands, completed at a cost of £1770. Phase 2 is the completion of the lighting upgrade at a cost of £3272. The latest award will be used to complete Phase 3, upgrading the sound system at a total cost of £6595.

With all this investment in our technical equipment we are in need of additional tech crew members. These are voluntary positions, but being part of the tech crew would provide excellent training opportunities for budding music technicians – under the tutelage of our technician, Dave, and using our modern sound and lighting systems. Contact us if you are able to join the team.