Young stars at Gala Concert

Peak District Music Centre’s finest young musicians return to Buxton Opera House on Sunday (May 8) for their popular annual Gala Concert.

Over 370 musicians, ranging in age from seven to 21, will be performing a wealth of exciting music in the two concerts at 2pm and 7pm.

Renowned for their standards of excellence, the ensembles range from elementary level through to finalists at the National Festival of Music for Youth and winners of the 2009 Classic FM Chamber Orchestra Award.

The flagship string group for the Music Centre, the Peak District String Orchestra (PDSO), has recently completed a successful concert series in Buxton and Bakewell, in collaboration with the top wind ensemble in the centre, the High Peak Wind Band (HPWB).

These concerts provided the opportunity for several players to take leading roles as soloists, including a spectacular version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons which showcased four young Peak District violinists: Adam Sattaur, Joanna Collins, Henrietta Hill and Chris Roberts astounded the audience with their audacity, skill and musical maturity.

In the evening concert on May 8 at 7pm, the PDSO will be performing works by William Walton and Karl Jenkins, the HPWB will play music from Les Miserables and works by Geoff Richards and Harm Evers, and the Peak District Jazz Orchestra (PDJO) will add colour and flair with their arrangements of jazz classics.

In the matinee concert at 2pm, there will be performances from two new groups that have been formed in the last year.

The Hope Valley Young Singers and Hope Valley Preparatory Strings, with their conductors Naomi Baynes and Neil McErlean, will perform well-known classics and pieces from all around the world.

For tickets for these concerts, contact the Buxton Opera House box office on 0845 127 2190 or visit