The beating heart of Buxton Fringe

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release June 3rd 2021

Music has always been at the heart of Buxton Fringe, and this year it makes a return to live performance.

At the United Reformed Church, there is a series of recitals on the fully restored Broadwood piano from pianists from the Royal Northern College of Music (Mason Greenwood, Jasmin Allpress and Jay Carroll). Cheshire composer and pianist Adrian Lord also performs his new Piano Meditations at the Methodist Church.

There are classical guitar recitals from Richard Haslam (performing Renaissance, Classical, South American, Contemporary and World music) and from Jonathan Prag (taking the audience from the plaintive Farewell to Stromness to a rousing Paco Peña flamenco), while The Roth Guitar Duo (Emma Smith and Sam Rodwell) perform Music For Two Guitars and Jon Pickard demonstrates the rarely heard sound of the 'Harp-Guitar'.

Eyam Parish Church plays host to Mr Simpson's Little Consort, performing songs by Henry Purcell with soprano Cate McKee. The Emmeline Quartet performs a recital including works by Haydn, Beethoven and Janáĉek. The High Peak Orchestra teams up with violinist Savva Zverev, for Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending and Elgar's charming Serenade for Strings.

On a more jazzy note, Guy Stewart brings his smooth & mellow saxophone with songs from his latest album, while Annette Gregory takes a personal journey celebrating her mother and her Jamaican heritage with new songs and jazz classics.

Two vocal ensembles celebrate their return to singing together – VociVoices invite audiences to sit back, relax and enjoy favourites from jazz, opera, swing, classics, operetta, musical theatre and the movies, while the Kaleidoscope Choir show how you can always find a song to lift your spirits.

Singer/songwriter Chris Milner invites audiences to bring a bottle and enjoy contemporary and traditional songs and stories from almost 50 years in the British folk scene touring UK and Europe, while Sam Dunkley returns with his unique blend of traditional folk songs, self-penned numbers and humorous offerings.

Five-piece roots band Raintown Seers perform an eclectic mix of classic, contemporary and original songs in the Americana genre, while award-winning Egriega and Ormrod present songs, piano playing, and unbelievable stories, on instruments as diverse as piano, guitar, kazoo and tenon saw.

In site-specific concerts, Henrietta Hill and Friends presents programmes for flute, piano and viola with live improvisations, while inviting the Green Man Gallery Resident Artists to respond to and inspire the music. Meanwhile, the Serpentine Community Garden presents an outdoor acoustic double bill from the Good Ole Boys and Susie and the Bad Habits amongst the garden’s raised beds.

So, from classical favourites, to new writing, to convivial singalongs, music once again holds something for everyone at Buxton Fringe.

Details of all Fringe events are on and the free to download Buxton Fringe App.

The Fringe wishes to thank High Peak Borough Council, the Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.



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