2017 – 18 Season

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Singing day

Saturday 14 October 2017 - 9.30am - 6.00pm

Buxton Methodist Church

Buxton Musical Society's first ever Singing Day

Come a joing us in Buxton to sing Mozart's Requiem Mass in our first singing day. The workshop rehearsals will be led by Philip Cartledge and will be followed by a performance in the early evening. During breaks in rehearsal there will be opportunities to explore Buxton either on your own or as part of a guided tour of the heritage that existed in Mozart's day and thereafter.

You can apply online for tickets HERE

Sunday  26 November 2017 7.30pm

Brahms & Dvořák

Our opening concert of the season presents works by two 19th Century composers, Brahms and Dvořák who are perhaps best known for their symphonic output, but when they turned to sacred music, produced works of exquisite beauty. Dvořák’s Te Deum was written as an introductory work to his new post as Director of the National Conservatory in New York and has remained popular ever since. Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem was written after the death of his mother although there has been some speculation that the loss of Robert Schuman a few years earlier still weighed heavily on his mind.

We are joined by two young soloists who are at the start of what look to be very promising singing careers. Alexandra Lowe (soprano) has won several prestigious awards whilst completing her Masters degree in Music at the RNCM in Manchester and will be studying at the Guildhall School of Music from September. Our baritone soloist, Andrew Randall lived locally and attended both Hope Valley College and Lady Manners School before taking a degree in Music at Nottingham University and then a postgraduate Masters - MMus in vocal performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire.



Sunday 17 December 2017 - 7.00pm

Please note the earlier start time of this concert.


Christmas with the Buxton Musical Society

Our annual celebration of Christmas Music with the help of ‘Susie and the Bad Habits’, the choir of Fairfield Endowed C of E Junior School, the society orchestra and chorus and most importantly – you! Christmas music to suit all tastes with audience participation carols for you to join in with.

Sunday 18 March 2018 7.30pm

Buxton Baroque

Music before the invention of the clarinet, piano and trombone amongst others, the Baroque period is filled with music of a gentler style but also great poignancy and at times plain rumbustiousness. Come and experience a selection of instrumental and choral music from this era by two of its most famous exponents; Bach and Handel. The concert will include Handel’s Dixit Dominus and his Coronation Anthem - My heart is inditing and also the iconic Magnificat by J S Bach.


Sunday 13 May 2018 7.30pm

Rossini’s Return

Petite Messe Solennelle

After a career of composing operas, (39 in 19 years to be precise), culminating in the famous William Tell, Rossini’s musical output suddenly ceased.  When at last he was persuaded to compose again, he returned to his first love of sacred music and produced this gem of the choral repertoire.  The Petite Messe Solennelle is scored for piano, harmonium and chorus with a quartet of soloists.

Also returning are our soloists: Helen Groves, soprano; Susanna Spicer, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Mackenzie Wicks, tenor and Benjamin Bevan, bass.

Sunday  17 June 2018 7.30pm


Our long-established tradition of inviting young musicians to perform concertos with the Society’s orchestra resumes this season. We will be joined by George Herbert, a student from Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester for a performance of  the popular Poulenc's Organ Concerto.

The programme will commence with Schubert's Rosamunde Overture and will also feature Bizet's Carmen Suite and Dvořák's Symphony No 7.


Iona McDonald – 2015 soloist
Photography by Jonathan Cosens


haydn mass

Sunday 15 July 2018 10.45am

Festival Mass

Haydn - Heiligemesse

This year, the Society’s contribution to the Buxton International Festival is the first of Haydn’s last six great masses, composed for the Esterházy family. The Heiligemesse is sung  and played as part of the Sunday morning Eucharist service in the superb acoustic of St John’s Church with soloists from the Buxton Festival Company.

As this is a church service admission is free. There will be a retiring collection in addition to the normal church offertory.

Apart from the Singing Day, all performances take place in St John’s Church, Buxton

Tickets: £12.00 available from:

Buxton Opera House Box Office: 0845 127 2190 or 01298 72190 or book online: buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Tickets are also available from Society members and on the door before each concert in St John’s Church (limited availability)