New season for concert society

Katrina Brown. Photo contributed.
Katrina Brown. Photo contributed.

Buxton Musical Society has unveiled its programme for its 69th season of concerts.

As in previous years, 2012-13 will present a series of five orchestral and choral concerts performed at St John’s Church and Buxton Opera House, together with its annual contribution of a Festival Mass at the Buxton Festival.

The Christmas season is celebrated with the traditional carol concert at the Opera House where they will be joined by the choir of Worcester College, Oxford, preceded by the biennial performance of Handel’s Messiah a few weeks earlier with a stunning array of soloists.

In the New Year there will be a concert featuring two Italian favourites: Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, followed in June by another collaboration with Chetham’s School, who will be sending one of their most promising students to perform a concerto with the orchestra.

The opening concert of the season, at St John’s on Sunday October 28, features three works by Mozart which were all composed within an 18th-month period in 1779-80 and among the six soloists are two young Buxton musicians now well on their way in professional careers.

David Shipley (bass), currently undertaking postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, provides the foundation for a quartet of young soloists in Mozart’s Coronation Mass K317.

Katrina Brown (viola) has played with the BBC Philharmonic and the Halle as well as many prestigious solo engagements. She will be joined by Maria Angelika Carlsten to perform the Sinfonia Concertante.

The concert also includes the Mozart Vespers, featuring the well-known Laudate Dominum sung by Rebecca Lea (soprano) who made such a memorable contribution to the 2011 Buxton Festival.

The concert, conducted by Michael Williams, starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Buxton Opera House on 0845 127 2190, online at or on the door.