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Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band. Photo contributed.

Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band. Photo contributed.

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BUXTON Opera House is gearing up for a sparkling Christmas with an array of festive shows on the menu.

Buxton Musical Society’s chorus and orchestra will get audiences into the festive spirit on Sunday December 9 with a special concert of carols and Christmas songs, conducted by Michael Williams. Special guests for the evening will be The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford.

Gervase Phinn. Photo: Lynda McIntyre.

Gervase Phinn. Photo: Lynda McIntyre.

Also on December 9, Blunderbus Theatre Company will be providing a stage adaptation of the best-selling book The Very Snowy Christmas with puppetry, music and songs.

Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band will provide their show Carols & Capers 2012 on Sunday December 16, with the renowned folk band providing a mix of renaissance and modern instrument.

Gervase Phinn will be at the venue on Monday December 17 with tales of life as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales, and a celebration of Christmas with anecdotes, poems and readings.

Christmas Crooners on Sunday December 23 will provide a fantastic night of Christmas favourites with songs from Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra as well as lots of carols.

And where better to watch a traditional family pantomime than the fairytale setting of the beautiful Edwardian Opera House. This year’s pantomime is Peter Pan, starring Glen Davies from Bear Behaving Badly and Louis Emerick - Mick Johnson from Brookside - as Captain Hook. This runs from Wednesday December 12 to Tuesday January 1.

To buy tickets, call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or visit