Festival to welcome award-winners

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THIS summer’s Buxton Festival welcomes a string of award-winning performers to the town, including winner of the prestigious Critics’ Award at the 2011 Classic Brit Awards, Tasmin Little.

Tasmin, who will be performing the Naked Violin on July 22 at the Pavilion Arts Centre, recently scooped the Critics’ Award for her recording of Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The Festival also welcomes the winner of this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Award ‘Song Prize’ category, Marcus Farnsworth, who will be singing the lead in the opera Greek, as well as performing a concert of Brahms, Barber and Britten on July 21.

Winners of the esteemed annual Ferrier awards receive funding to support their musical study, and the ‘Song Prize’ category attracts a prize of £2,500.

Winner of the overall 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Award, Njabulo Madlala, also adds to the talented line-up, performing songs by Mahler, Vaughan Williams and Strauss on July 23.

Glyn Foley, Buxton Festival Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted that these gifted performers have been recognised, and it’s wonderful to be bringing top quality talent to Buxton.”

Tickets are still available for many Festival events. Visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk or call 01298 70395 for a brochure. Ticket bookings: 0845 12 72 190.