Clare's Calendar

rhythms of a rural life

The Granta Chorale

Saturday 17 October 2009 at 7.30pm
at St. Benedict's Church, Glinton, near Peterborough

Clare's Calendar celebrates the life and work of the 19th century Northamptonshire peasant poet, John Clare. The concert, performed for an invited audience, features music reflecting Clare's love of nature and his native countryside and includes the first performance of a specially commissioned choral cycle by Janet Wheeler.

For the John Clare Trust and sponsors OCR/Cambridge Assessments


Audience Comments

We didn't want to go home - it was so lovely...

All Key Stage 2 children (age 7-11) are invited to a

Children’s Singing Workshop
led by conductor and composer Janet Wheeler

on Sunday 18 October

at John Clare Primary School, West St. Helpston, PE6 7DU

2 pm to 4.30 pm

This exciting Singing Workshop will give children the chance to sing together with an experienced mixed-voice choir. It includes fun vocal warm-ups, music games and songs combining children’s and adults’ voices. Participants will explore vocal percussion and use bird sounds to make some new music. The emphasis is on having fun while using your voice.
The songs link to the rural background and life of John Clare as well as more contemporary aspects of the countryside and the environment.

Janet Wheeler is a freelance composer and choral conductor who works with singers of all ages. She read music at Cambridge then followed a career in secondary education, before becoming a music producer for BBC Schools Radio primary music for eight years. She currently directs five youth and children’s choirs and two children’s orchestras and she formed the adult chamber choir The Granta Chorale in 2007. As director of Saffron Walden Choral Society she plans and directs large-scale community concerts and singing events. Wingbeats was a partnership project with RSPB and SWCS in 2007. For this Janet composed a cantata On the Breath of the Sky with writer Nick Warburton. Sea Changes is her choral and orchestral setting of Sea Tongue by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Her latest composition is Time Becomes a Song, featuring choral settings of John Clare. It will be premiered on October 17th in Glinton Church.

Children should be brought to John Clare School and signed in by their parent/guardian ready for a 2pm start. Parents are invited to return at 3.45pm to join the children and choir for a short performance of the music they have been sharing together.

John Clare

John Clare, 1793 - 1864


Glinton Church

St. Benedict's Church, Glinton