Monday 9 March 2015

Back in Buxton for 2015

One of the measures we have about the success of the Buxton Fringe is the number of artists and performers who choose to return - some year after after. This seems to be especially true of singers and musicians. Here are just some of those who we - and audiences - are delighted to welcome to Buxton again.

Clocking up their 21st Fringe in 2015 is Partita, a Manchester-based ensemble specialising in early music and song. The playing and singing is always of a high order and the repertoire invariably includes new delights and surprises. You can hear Partita twice in the Fringe this year. On the evening of July 17th there is a concert at St John's Church which includes guests Stringboxes - this can only add to the certain pleasure.

The Manchester Recorder Orchestra has earned a loyal following in Buxton and it will be performing at the Trinity Church on July 18th - the programme includes a Dowland tango!

The City of Manchester Opera has been a Buxton regular and we anticipate a splendid evening of Italian opera on July 25th at the Methodist Church. One of the regular singers with CoMO is Margaret Ferguson who is performing with pianist Jonathan Ellis (also at the Methodist Church) on July 17th. Jonathan is also playing a solo recital on July 24th when his programme includes music by Scriabin who died 100 years ago. Jonathan won a Fringe award for his playing last year and you are assured of entertainment and brilliant playing from him.

Returning for a fifth Buxton Fringe are the Ordsall A Cappella Singers. They enjoy singing - and also provide cake for their audiences. They are singing twice on July 25th - at the United Reformed Church in the morning and at St Mary's in the afternoon. So that could be two pieces of cake if you play your cards right!

One of the biggest Fringe events is always the High Peak Orchestra concert; the orchestra is big, the audience fills St John's Church and the programme is a full one too. This year is no exception: featured is Bruckner's hour-long Symphony No 6 and Rachmaninov's Paganini Variations for violin and orchestra with Ryan Drucker (from the RNCM) the soloist.

On a smaller scale is the Sovereign Saxophone Octet - at the Methodist Church on the 19th - with there usual wide-ranging programme (much of it arrangements of music that pre-dates the invention of the saxophone). At The Railway you can hear some American bluegrass - Aprille and the Showers will be on hand to entertain on the 8th, 15th and 22nd July.

Finally, for now, we have two new Fringe venues - both in Taddington village six miles south of Buxton along the A6. So, dear performers, if you are playing at the Buxton Fringe you might want to arrange a little tour taking in some of the neighbouring venues. 

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