Buxton Boldy Goes with Symphony Orchestras

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Buxton Boldy Goes with Symphony Orchestras


SYMPHONY orchestra concerts are thin on the ground in the north west during summer, but Buxton Opera House is boldly going where few others venture and putting on the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on August 20.

The theatre also hosts the Halle Orchestra with its Pops conductor Stephen Bell, on September 18, in a gala fund-raising concert for the Blythe House Hospice, and the RLPO will be back in November. Links between Buxton and the Liverpool musicians have been built up and are set to continue.

I talked to Carol Prowse, chairman of the High Peak Theatre Trust, which runs the Opera House in Buxton. She's been involved for more than 30 years, previously as assistant company secretary, company secretary, director and deputy chairman.

She said: "Balance in our programmes is important and to me providing high-quality classical music is an essential part of the programme we offer. The RLPO had a weekend residency in the town last November, including a performance by Ensemble 10/10, its own contemporary music group, and that was very well received. For it we introduced the concept of a 'gardens ticket' - you buy a ticket for the central dress circle or upper circle and also get pre-show and interval drinks - which went very well. …

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