Peak gala showcase

Ian Naylor, conductor of the Peak District String Orchestra, at the Buxton Opera House in 2011. Photo: Paul Mann.
Ian Naylor, conductor of the Peak District String Orchestra, at the Buxton Opera House in 2011. Photo: Paul Mann.
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BUXTON Opera House will host two celebration gala concerts featuring over 400 young musicians from across Derbyshire.

Peak District Music Centre’s (PDMC) popular Opera House Gala Concerts will take place at 2pm and 7pm on Sunday May 6.

As well as showcasing the junior string groups and the beginner and training wind bands, the matinee performance will feature school children involved in the Derbyshire City & County Music Partnership Wider Opportunities programme. These young musicians will have the opportunity to play alongside the Peak District String Orchestra, one of PDMC’s most senior and advanced groups.

The string orchestra will return in the evening concert, along with the other senior groups, the High Peak Wind Band and the Peak District Jazz Orchestra, who will be sure to get the audience’s feet tapping. These three groups will also be joining together in a stunning finale featuring almost 90 of the best players in the area.

Although younger and less experienced, the players in the intermediate groups always give musically mature and polished performances, and the beginner strings will delight the audiences with their concentration and panache. The Hope Valley Young Singers will bring a choral element to the proceedings, as well great enthusiasm and true professionalism.

Renowned for their standards of excellence, the ensembles range from elementary level through to the more advanced players involved in the Derbyshire City & County Youth Orchestra and Wind Band. Their precision and youthful exuberance are guaranteed to lift the spirit.

Tickets, priced £5.50, £6.50 and £8.50, are available from the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 12 72 190.