From Budapest to Fotheringhay - concert tour linked to Wars of the Roses

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A musical tour centred on connections with the Wars of the Roses gets under way this month in Fotheringhay – famously the birthplace of Richard III.

​Hotfoot from Hungary, the Harborough Singers present the first concert of their ‘White Rose Tour’ at St Mary’s and All Saints Church in the village near Peterborough on June 29. The church is the last resting place of the Duke and Duchess of York – parents of both King Richard and his brother Edward IV.

Over the following 18 months the singers will perform in further venues all linked by their connections to the Wars of the Roses and the House of York − whose emblem was a White Rose. Prestigious appearances at York Minster and Leicester Cathedral will follow next year.

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At Fotheringhay, audience members will be able to experience the music that so captivated international audiences in Hungary recently. Works by English composers such as Parry and Vaughan Williams will feature, alongside fiendish Hungarian pieces by Orbán and Bárdos.

Harborough Singers performing at St. Stephen's Basilica, BudapestHarborough Singers performing at St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest
Harborough Singers performing at St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest

The choir will be joined by renowned local historian Nick Hill MBE. Nick will talk about the ‘history of Fotheringhay Church … or How to Lose a Choir’, which for the choir at least, sounds a little worrying.

The concert begins at 6.30pm with music, talk, bubbles (either prosecco or sparkling elderflower) and strawberries all being included in the ticket price of £15.

Available from www.harboroughsingers.com or telephone 07761 729558.

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