In honour of Mums, musical Mums and Mum-entrepreneurs I have started my Classical Music column for the Daily Gazette this week with Classical Music for Mums!

If you are lucky enough to have your Mum still with you, listen to this with her:-

This will show your Mum how much you appreciate what she does/did for you plus your knowledge of Classical Music, or “old music” as my son would say. (The song used on the above link is the well-known tune from Rossini’s William Tell Overture.)

When you’ve treated your Mum to the above, why not take her to a concert near you? This weekend sees a fine selection of musical talent at various concerts.

Saturday evening you can enjoy Dvorak’s Stabat Mater sung by the Chelmsford Singers with their new Musical Director James Davy in the Cathedral with soloists accompanied by the Chelmsford Sinfonia.

Did you know that Dvorak, the son of a Bohemian butcher, loved engines and was a keen train spotter? His Stabat Mater is one of his most spiritual compositions and is a very symphonic piece.

Dvorak started to compose the work in 1875 following the death of his two day old daughter Josefa. By the time the work, which describes Mary’s anguish watching her Son Jesus suffering on the Cross, was completed in 1877 he and his wife had lost their other two children, Ruzena at 11months and Otakar from smallpox at the age of 3 years. A truly unique Stabat Mater then as it comes across as one of the most personal settings ever and provides an inspiring personal statement of faith and hope. Tickets are from £12 available from James Dace & Son – phone 01245 262 841.

Last week’s column featured Laura van der Heijden, the winner of the BBC Young Musician 2012 perform Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Colchester Symphony Orchestra conducted by Chris Phelps. Some tickets are still available and can be reserved on-line at

In addition to all of the above, there is yet more music making to indulge your Mum on 9th March in Essex and suffolk! Hear Haydn’s Creation sung in English by the Ipswich Bach Choir at St John’s, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich. Immerse your Mum in some glorious British orchestral music from Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances and Stanford Symphony No.3 from the Colne Philharmonic Orchestra in Christ Church, Braintree. Tickets are £9- phone 01206 210933. While the Writtle Singers and The Cavendish Consort present an Evening of Sacred Music at the Colchester Castle. The evening includes a talk about the Castle from the Curator. Tickets are £15 from Colchester Tourist Information Centre.
On Sunday, 3rd March, the Single Reed Music Festival at the Colchester Institute Centre for Music & Performing Arts had a wealth of clarinettists and saxophonists of all ages and abilities playing throughout the day in various ensembles. The event also offered the opportunity to browse many music related trade stands throughout the day such as instruments, reeds, sheet music, books, CDs and much more. Don’t miss out on this event next year by emailing or visiting


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