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.

Treasurer and tech crew needed


We are looking for a treasurer for the society as our current treasurer is stepping down after serving us for 10 years. You don’t have to be a singer or even musical, but it would help to have an interest in the arts.

This is a voluntary position, and as treasurer you would be part of the committee. At our AGM in May we will be proposing that we apply for charity status, which will open up many more funding opportunities.

We are also looking for help on the technical crew for our concerts and productions – these are usually twice a year in and around the Earls Barton area.

If you are interested in either position or know someone who would be, please get in touch.

Handel’s Messiah

Handel's Messiah, Earls Barton Methodist Church, 1st Dec at 7pm and 2nd Dec at 3.30pm
Concert poster

1st and 2nd of December saw two performances of The Messiah by GF Handel. Conducted by our musical director, Jon Rees, the 80-strong choir and 20-piece orchestra performed choruses, recitatives and arias from this sacred oratorio.

Soloists for this programme were Paul Durnell, Andrew Gunn, Rachel Gill, Alison Oram, Vivien Caldwell, Claire Radd, Roz Webber and Robin Hillman. Karen Bell lead the orchestra with David Blackadder (Academy of Ancient Music) and Charlie Manning on trumpet and William Thallon on Continuo.