HAMPSHIRE choir TakeNOTE gives its first public performance for more than 18 months in Winchester on Monday July 12.

The venue will be the historic grounds of Wolvesey Castle and the outdoor performance is a celebration of singing together after months of lockdown.

It will range across modern and traditional folk song, choral arrangements of pop classics, Elizabethan madrigals, Regency drinking songs and sublime church anthems.

TakeNOTE’s music director Carolyn Robson, said: “Expect Thomas Tallis alongside Billy Joel, a 16th century piece by John Dowland followed by a song When we can sing written this year by composer and choir leader Anna Tabbush.”

TakeNOTE will be supported by The Hyde Pipers, a group that plays traditional music on the Northumbrian small pipes, described by one music expert as “the most civilised of the bagpipes.”

The Pipers rehearse locally in the Hyde Tavern hence their name.

Admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of Winchester Hospice and English Heritage.

For more information and to reserve a place telephone 07970 342922 or visit: https://gibson505.wixsite.com/takenote/gigs.