A chorus of approval! - music at Fringe40

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release May 21st 2019

Buxton’s Fringe40 has over 50 music events this year - ranging from solo performers to 100-strong orchestras.

Those wanting to hear choirs are spoiled for choice. The children from St Luke’s Primary School, Glossop, are probably the youngest singers to be heard. They enjoy their trip to Buxton and it’s a visit to be heartily welcomed. The Ordsall Acappella Singers have a slightly longer journey and apart from tremendous singing they bring plenty of cake to fuel both audiences and themselves. The Kaleidoscope Choir meets regularly in Buxton and is a product of the outreach programme of the Buxton International Festival.

The Buxton Studio Choir won an award at the Fringe last year. The Choir is back stronger than ever with 70 voices capable of great power and tenderness. Newcomers to Buxton - and eagerly anticipated - is the League of Ladies WI Choir. Also from Glossop, a location for TV’s The League of Gentlemen, the choir is performing at the Arts Centre Studio and promises to entertain and stir emotions.

The City of Manchester Opera is bringing a full programme of British-themed choruses and song - G&S, Jerusalem, Zadok the Priest. Flag-waving allowed. VociVoices is a quartet and will also be singing a range of songs, many of which will be familiar. The Good Lady Ducayne is a new opera based on the works of Victorian novelist Mary Braddon. With the production set on the moors above Buxton, Lesley and Steve Davies will be performing some songs from a gothic inspired piece. Mezzo-soprano Katharine Dryden - accompanied by pianist Philip Robinson - will be singing songs composed by Schumann and Elgar in a recital, The Depths of the Heart.

For those seeking large orchestras there are three concerts. The High Peak Orchestra programme includes Elgar’s Cello Concerto as well as Brahms’ Symphony No 2. The young and talented musicians from the Derby and Derbyshire Schools Orchestra and the Derby and City County Youth Orchestra will have been at a summer school. Audiences can hear the wonderful results in two concerts in the Pavilion Gardens’ Octagon.

The Ryebank Trio will be playing music by Beethoven and Faure. Mozart’s Horn Quintet and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings make up a tea-time offering from the Cheshire Chamber Collective.

Mr Simpson’s Little Consort will be working very hard this Fringe. Four separate programmes of European baroque masterpieces can be heard in a series of coffee concerts in the Methodist Church. In a Europe-wide programme the Consort also plays in Eyam as well as Buxton.

For those who would like to play - as well as listen - KEMS Contemporary is running a workshop and performance of Terry Riley’s In C, a landmark piece of 20th century composition.

There is plenty more music at Fringe40. For further information see the printed programme, www.buxtonfringe.org.uk or the new Buxton Fringe App.

The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.



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