Festival takes to the road

Stars more used to singing in the world’s leading opera houses will soon be performing in a village hall near you as Buxton International Festival (BIF) takes a taste of its 40th anniversary programme on the road.

The festival is bringing the glitz and glamour of opera right to your doorstep in a rolling roadshow which will stop at nine venues in the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.

“It’s a magical tour aimed at taking the mystery out of opera,” said festival chief executive Michael Williams.

“So if you’ve never seen opera, now’s the chance to sample the excitement of an art form which across the rest of Europe is a way of life.”

Musicians include members of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Northern Chamber Orchestra who will present favourites such as Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals as well as accompanying members of the festival opera company in arias selected form the 2019 programme.

“We want to share the excitement which is building up as we get ready to celebrate our 40th anniversary, and the Roadshow will feature arias from our new opera based on the life and loves of Georgiana, 5th Duchess of Devonshire; music from Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Eugene Onegin and songs from Offenbach’s racy opera Orpheus in the Underworld, which gave us the Can-Can,” said Michael.

Venues include: David Mellor Round Building, Hathersage, March 7; Ashbourne Town Hall, March 8; Stockport Plaze, March 13; Members’ Room, Derbyshire County Council Offices, March 14; Wirksworth Town Hall, March 15; Springbank Arts Centre, New Mills, March 22; Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, March 27 and Baslow Village Hall, March 28. They are all from 7pm-8pm.

There is also going to be a grand finale in Buxton’s newly-restored Octagon on April 4, 6-7pm.

To book ring 01298 70395 or go to http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk.