Patrick Hawes at Louth Choral Society concert

At 7.30pm on Sunday March 24 at St James’ Church in Louth, Louth Choral Society will present a varied and enjoyable programme of music ranging from the 17th to the 21st century.

The concert will be conducted by Patrick Hawes. Described as ‘one of the most popular contemporary English composers’, Patrick was born locally and regularly features on Classic FM.

Joined by soloist Natalie Clifton-Griffiths, the choir will perform one of his major choral works, Song of Songs, a setting of six songs taken from the Old Testament book Song of Solomon, love poems written almost 3,000 years ago.

Other musical favourites will include pieces by Benjamin Britten, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Anton Bruckner and Henry Purcell. In addition, the choir will perform Emanuele d’Astorga’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa.

Along with soloists from St John’s College Cambridge, including counter tenor Oliver El-Holtby, the choir will be joined by Pietro Lusvardi, double bass, and Rowena Bass who was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and Principal Harpist in the National Youth Orchestra.

Further musical accompaniment will be provided by Raven. This all-female ensemble recently came to national attention as the resident string quartet on the BBC TV Maestro programme.

More recently they gained world attention when they appeared alongside Madness in the Olympics closing ceremony.

Tickets costing £12 (reserved) and £8 (unreserved) are obtainable from Eve & Ranshaw, Louth, Caxton’s Theatre Ticket Office at Grimsby Library, or on 01507 463410.Visit www.louthchoral.co.uk.