Buxton Festival’s orchestra in residence to launch concert series in town

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The Northern Chamber Orchestra has partnered up with Buxton Festival, in association with Orchestras Live, to present a new, three-concert series for the spa town.

Visitors and residents have the opportunity to hear the NCO when it participates in Buxton Festival’s main opera productions for two weeks each summer.

The new concert series, which has been funded by a grant from The Foyle Foundation, is intended to give people living in and around Buxton access to top-quality music-making throughout the rest of the year.

The Hint of Genius concert at St John’s Church, Buxton, on Sunday, November 15, features interludes from opera, theatre and ballet, along with Holst’s St Paul’s Suite. Early works – from Mendelssohn (String Symphony no 10) and Shostakovich (Prelude and Scherzo Op 11) add youthful fire. Debussy’s atmospheric Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane will showcase the talents of harp soloist Lauren Scott. Harp and strings combine in John McCabe’s 2 Dances from the ballet, Mary Queen of Scotts and the Ida Carroll Trust has sponsored the performance of this work, in honour of the revered British composer and pianist, who died earlier this year. . Fauré’s Nocturne from Shylock and Tchaikovsky’s Entr’acte from Hamlet complete the programme.

A Viennese Gala at the Opera House on January 8 and a lunchtime concert at the Pavilion Arts Centre on April 28 feature in the series.

Tickets for Hint of Genius are available from the orchestra’s box office on 0161 247 2220, Buxton Tourist Information Centre at the Pavilion, tel 01298 25106 and on the door, priced £15 or £10 (18s and under).

To book tickets and for information about the Viennese Gala at Buxton Opera House and the Lunchtime Coffee Concert at the Pavilion, contact Buxton Opera House Tel: 01298 72190 and visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk Find out more about all NCO’s concerts at www.ncorch.co.uk