Rising star to take on ambitious concerto

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Buxton Musical Society has a long history of encouraging rising musical talents by offering them the opportunity of playing a concerto with the society’s orchestra.

This has now become an annual event and this year’s performance involves Eleanor Doddford, an outstanding oboist who is in her final year at Chetham’s School.

She has chosen to play one of the most technically demanding pieces in the oboist’s repertoire, the very name of which brings many an oboist out in a cold sweat.

Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto was written shortly after the Second World War and despite its technical difficulties for the soloist is one of pinnacles of Strauss’ later life.

Eleanor has been playing the oboe since the age of eight and currently studies with Stephane Rancourt, principal oboist of the Halle Orchestra. She is principal oboist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

The concert also features one of Mozart’s most famous symphonies, again from the last part of his life, the Symphony No 40 in G Minor. Familiar to us all through its use in film soundtracks, it did not however feature in ‘Amadeus’.

The programme is completed by Schubert’s Fifth Symphony which drew on Mozart’s fortieth for its inspiration.

The concert will take place on Sunday June 16 at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Buxton, and will be conducted by Michael Williams.

Tickets, priced £12 (£10.50 concessions), are available from Buxton Opera House on 08451 272190 or via the society website buxtonmusicalsociety.org.uk.

They will also be available on the door on the night of the performance, subject to availability.