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GO: CLASSICAL: TAKE YOUR PEW FOR THE CABARET.

Byline: By Patsy Fuller

WARWICK'S historic St Mary's Church is being turned into a cabaret theatre tomorrow - but just for the night.

They are rearranging the seating and bringing in some tables for a concert called Bubbles and Song.

The bubbles are from the sparkling wine, which will be served along with canaps. And the song is popular choruses and arias from opera sung by the church's resident choir Collegium and professional soloist Anita Mackenzie-Mills.

St Mary's director of music Katherine Dienes says people don't have to be classical music buffs to enjoy the evening.

She says: "Many of the choruses are favourites among TV and advertisement producers and also appear in the top 100 favourite classics lists, so they are accessible and enjoyable even if classical music isn't normally your thing." Tickets from 01926 815824.

COVENTRY students are staging an ambitious and diverse concert to mark World Aids Day.

Students from the University of Warwick will be holding a concert called Letting Go on Tuesday to celebrate and remember those who have died of Aids and to raise money for the charity Crusaid.

The concert will feature more than 100 singers and musicians, as well as the university-based Coull Quartet.

Among the audience will be composer Gareth Valentine, who presents Channel 4's Musicality programme, to hear a performance of his own Requiem. He will also be giving a pre-concert talk.

Also on the programme is the UK premiere of Do Not Turn Away by the American John Bucchino, and songs from the wonderfully titled Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens by Bill Russell. The concert is at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry. Tickets from 024 7652 4524.

THE university's director of music Paul McGrath, who is one of the conductors for the concert, seems to have done a bit of clever string pulling.

He will also be conducting Handel's Messiah at the arts centre the following evening with the London Mozart Players.

And two of the soloists - soprano Tinuke Olafimihan and mezzo Gaynor Keeble - have agreed to sing in the Letting Go concert as well. McGrath says: "Messiah is a work that needs perhaps a little less reverence and plenty of va-va-voom." Hallelujah.

A PAIR of American pianists are in Coventry tomorrow to perform an appealing programme of duets.

Shawn Daly and Joe Galyon are making their first visit to the UK to perform at St Martin in the Fields in London. And while they are over here they are giving an additional recital at Earlsdon Methodist Church.

The four-hands programme includes sonatas by Mozart and Schubert, as well as a piece by one of the 20th century's most fascinating composers for the piano, Francis Poulenc.

There is also a piece by the American composer John Corigliano called Gazebo Dances.

The concert is at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available on the door for pounds 6.

THE last of this year's string quartets at Leamington Pump Rooms takes place next Friday with a recital by the Bridge Quartet.

They have played at Warwick Arts Society before, although this is the first time with their new leader Madeleine Mitchell.

They will play an early quartet by Frank Bridge - after whom the quartet is named - as well as Ravel's Quartet and Haydn's Bird Quartet.

Madeleine will be back next March as a soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra. Tickets on 01926 496277.

Frank Bridge, who taught Benjamin Britten, will be the featured composer at next year's Stratford on Avon music festival.

RUGBY amateur orchestra The Rococo Players will be making a timely leap for their concert on Sunday.

The players usually specialise in music for smaller ensembles from the early classical period but for this concert they have fast forwarded 200 years into the 20th century to perform Shostakovitch's hugely-popular 2nd Piano Concerto, which was written in 1957.

The soloist is local pianist David King who has already performed the work with Warwickshire's County Youth Orchestra in Warwick and in Hungary.

Other works in the programme include Mozart's Magic Flute Overture,

and Schumann's D Minor Symphony, No 4. The guest conductor is Eddie Jones, director of East Warwickshire Music Centre based in Rugby.

The concert is at St Andrew's Church, Rugby, at 8pm. Tickets are available on the door.

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RECITAL: The Bridge Quartet perform at Leamington's Royal Pump Rooms next Friday; FAVOURITE CLASSICS: Katherine Dienes raises a glass to tomorrow's Bubbles and Song evening at St Mary's Church
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