Folk songs to feature at classical music concert

The Hepton Singers will perform Nothern European classical music at their next concert on July 6. Picture by Craig Shaw/Blu Planet Photography
The Hepton Singers will perform Nothern European classical music at their next concert on July 6. Picture by Craig Shaw/Blu Planet Photography

The Hepton Singers will present an eclectic evening of Northern European classical music at Heptonstall Church on Saturday, July 6.

A central element of the concert will be the dramatic and lively modern piece, Kullervo’s Message by the Estonian composer Veljo Tormis. Abandoning the Baltic, the singers will turn to beautiful English folk-song arrangements by Amy Bebbington and sublime reworkings of Scottish folk songs by James MacMillan.

Conductor Alison West said: “The great majority of Tormis’s choral pieces are based on Estonian folk songs, so it was a logical step to include folk-song settings in our programme.”

The Scottish theme will continue with Thea Musgrave’s Song Of The Burn and A Hoy Calendar by Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies. Similarly, Sally Beamish’s Bird Year is a description of the four seasons, each represented by a particular bird.

The choir will finish with settings of Elizabethan songs by Vaughan Williams, part-songs by William Byrd and songs by William Cornysh.

The concert starts at 8pm. Tickets are £8/£6/£1 (under 26) and can be purchased on the night.