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Notes on your calendar: music is going all-year round in the Peak District

Buxton International Festival is bringing music for all four seasons in the Peak District under a new partnership with Orchestras Live.

The programme starts on May 12 when the Northern Chamber Orchestra presents a concert in St John’s Church featuring virtuoso violin music including Wolf, Bach and Tchaikovsky.

Orchestras Live has been playing a vital role for the last 50 years in bringing excellent orchestral music to culturally under-served audiences and communities throughout England.

They believe that orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime. They are supporting the Festival to create a year-round programme building on its outreach programme, which includes a community choir, taking song into care homes and working with schools whose pupils are taking part in The Orphans of Koombu musical.

“This is the beginning of a year-round partnership with Orchestras Live, a really important element of BIF’s outreach work enabling us to reach new audiences and inspire new generations so live music becomes an integral part of their lives, bringing with it the feeling of wellbeing,” said Festival Development Director Joanne Williams.

Also as part of the Orchestras Live The Northern Chamber Orchestra will also be performing Saint-Saens ever-popular Carnival of the Animals and a concert by la Serenissima as part of its main programme in July, as well as welcoming the BBC Philharmonic on July 11 for a concert aimed at attracting a younger audience.

As a curtain-raiser, May 12’s concert features the NCO’s Artist in Residence Chloë Hanslip who will direct a programme that opens with Wolf’s Italian Serenade, followed by the short but beautiful Elegy by Grace Williams follows.

Chloë will step out of the orchestra to play Bach’s A minor violin concerto before continuing as soloist in the second half in Arvo Pärt’s deeply atmospheric and virtuosic piece for violin, strings and single percussionist. The concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s energetic Serenade for Strings which shows the great Russian composer at the height of his powers.

Northern Chamber Orchestra: Sunday 12 May 2019 4.00pm, St John’s Church, Buxton. Tickets: £12 – £25 | Free for Students and Under 18’s. Go to www.ncorch.co.uk/events/chloe-hanslip-violin-buxton/

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