Festival 2012 was kids’ play

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The 2012 Buxton Festival saw more than 2,000 school-children, elderly residents, university students and graduates take part in community and education activities.

Claire Rhodes, Buxton Festival’s Development Manager said:

“Our Engage programme aims to introduce local people to new experiences and expand their artistic horizons, making a positive contribution to the quality of life in our community, while building an enthusiastic audience for opera and the arts in our region.”

One of the highlights was community musical James and the Giant Peach. Around 120 local young people from primary and secondary schools, as well as local choirs and dancers, worked with Festival musicians and performed at the Festival.

Students and graduates hoping to start a career in the arts also got involved, on placements as assistant directors, literary series assistant, and Festival assistants.

Students from Buxton Community School had the opportunity to perform at the Festival, after working with composer Duncan Chapman.

They learnt a range of techniques to create a new soundtrack for old silent films of Buxton. The project was supported by the British Film Institute and Derbyshire Community Foundation.

Musicians took the Festival to residents of seven day-care and residential centres for the elderly, performing a selection of opera arias and English classics.

The project was supported by The Buxton Hall Bank Trust and The Rotary Club of Buxton.

Musicians from Vista Trio performed for 255 children with special needs and more than 200 young people experienced the arts through the ‘Festival for a Fiver’ campaign.