Community gets creative

CREATIVE: Dancers from D�da at a performance of Tarka The Otter. Photo contributed.
CREATIVE: Dancers from D�da at a performance of Tarka The Otter. Photo contributed.
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More than 2,000 local people have been involved in creative arts activity thanks to Buxton Festival’s community and education programme.

The highlight this year was Tarka The Otter, a community opera. The collaborative project involved primary and secondary schools, a youth choir, local amateur adult singers, young dancers from Déda, singers from the Royal Northern College of Music and a professional creative team and orchestra.

The opera was performed three times, including a free performance for local schools.

Buxton Festival also arranged for students from Buxton Community School to work with composer Duncan Chapman creating a ‘Sonic Postcard of Buxton’.

Students used electronic and traditional composition to create new music that reflected the sonic signature of Buxton. They then gave a free concert on July 12 at the Palace Hotel.

Festival musicians visited eight care homes and centres for the elderly in Buxton and the High Peak to entertain and engage those who were not able to attend the Festival. This ‘Wandering Minstrels’ project, supported by The Buxton Hall Bank Trust and The Rotary Club of Buxton, meant residents were able to hear opera arias, English classics and songs from the Festival without having to leave their home.

In a ‘Live Music Now’ project, specially trained musicians from the Kudos Percussion Duo performed an interactive concert for an audience of 300 children with special needs from across the region.