About Northamptonshire where our live musicians perform
Classical (e.g. String Quartets), Pop (e.g. Party Bands), Jazz (e.g. Jazz Quartets), Folk (e.g. Ceilidh and Barn Dance Bands
Towns, cities and regions, such as Northamptonshire have an influence on the style of music, whether it is the 'English Countryside' feel of Vaughan Williams, the strength of Elgar's Victorian Malvern, or the skirl of Northumbrian Pipe tune.
Northamptonshire is situated in the middle of England, and has more borders with surrounding counties than any other county in the country. It is approximately 60 miles long and 25 miles wide. Six major rivers run through Northamptonshire, and they are the Nen, Welland, Ouse, Avon, Leam and Cherwell. Traditionally it has been a county of cattle, horse and sheep rearing, with associated butter and cheese making. Woad for dyeing was grown and there was also a sprinkling of orchards. Northamptonshire was not a large centre of manufacturing, but silk stockings weaving, lace-making and wool-spinning took place. Additionally shoes were made at Northampton and Wellingborough.
The area has a long history of classical music. For example the origins of Northampton Symphony Orchestra are to be found in the "St. Cecilia Orchestral Society", which was formed in October 1893. Members were invited by an advertisement in the local papers, and the first practice was held at the Unitarian Schoolroom on 24 October 1893.
In contrast, The Mardi Grass Jazz Club is, "a regular meeting place for everyone interested in the New Orleans style of jazz music."
Royal & Derngate is billed as the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northampton and re-opened in October 2006 after a £15 million redevelopment project. "The venue offers a diverse programme of work with everything from drama to dance, stand-up comedy to music, including rock and pop, children’s shows to opera on its stages." Organisations such as the Northampton Folk Dance Club cater for the more traditional music and barn dance & ceilidh.