Society’s show will go on - with a little help from its friends

Buxton Musical Society has not had an easy time preparing for their next concert.

Earlier in the year their musical director Michael Williams fell in the snow and broke his leg, forcing Chapel-en-le-Frith’s Philip Cartledge to step in to assist with the conducting task.

Sadly, the appalling weather conditions forced the Society to postpone last Sunday’s performance for three weeks, to a date when unfortunately one of the soloists, bass player Matthew Hargreaves, is unavailable.

Both works in the concert, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, require soloists of the highest calibre.

Stepping into the breach this time is Donald Maxwell, the internationally-known baritone and friend of Buxton Festival.

Donald has performed with the Society several times in the past, but is most well-known to local audiences through his long-term involvement with the Buxton Festival.

He was Artistic Director in 1999 and has always found time in his busy schedule for return visits, including one this coming summer.

The arrangements mean the Buxton Musical Society concert can now take place in St John’s Church, Buxton, on April 14, at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the previous performance will remain valid and further tickets may be obtained from the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 08451 272190, by visiting www.buxtonmusicalsociety.org.uk or on the door on the night of the performance.