2021 – 22 Season

Buxton Musical Society — 77th Season

In common with arts organizations throughout the world we have lost a whole season of concerts to the global pandemic. However, we now have a programme of concerts planned to take up where we left off. Before the end of this year we will resume our triennial performance of Handel’s Messiah followed by a concert of Christmas music. The much postponed performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah will take place early in 2022 followed by a concert of British music in honour of the platinum jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth II. As part of the 2022 Buxton International Festival we will perform Beethoven’s Mass in C as a delayed celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth and also Haydn’s The Creation with invited choristers from amongst Festival goers.

Sunday 17 October 2021 – 7.30pm – St John’s Church, Buxton

Completely Classical

HAYDN St Nicolas Mass
MOZART Symphony 29
MOZART Missa Brevis in D

Sunday 5 December 2021


G F Handel

The chorus and orchestra are joined by Ken Brown from the Hallé on trumpet obbligato and a superb quartet of soloists including the first appearance with the Society of internationally-renowned countertenor, William Towers, to perform this great and ever-popular oratorio.


Helen Groves — soprano
William Towers countertenor
Bradley Smith – tenor
Marcus Farnsworth – bass
Ken Browntrumpet

In common with the original performance of Handel’s Messiah, this concert will be given in aid of charity. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Music in Hospitals and Care.

Sunday 12 December 2021 7.00pm – St John’s Church, Buxton

A Celebration of Christmas Music

We join forces with the youngsters of Fairfield C of E Endowed Junior School Choir to celebrate a range of Christmas carols and songs accompanied by the four-manual St John’s organ

Sunday 27 February 2022 – 7.30pm – St John’s Church, Buxton



This milestone in the choral repertoire has never fallen in popularity since its first performance at the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival in 1846. Although it pays homage to the works of Bach and Handel in its form, the dramatic inclusion of a contest of the Gods, the resurrection of a dead youth and the invocation of rain to a parched Israel ensures a gripping performance throughout.

Philip Smith – baritone (Elijah)
Clare Seatonsoprano
Susanna Spicer – mezzo-soprano
Andrew Mackenzie Wicks – tenor

Sunday 10 April 2022 – 7.30pm – St John’s Church, Buxton

Music and Majesty

British music celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth II

As we approach the national celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 the Buxton Musical Society presents a programme of British music including Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Constant Lambert’s Rio Grande.

Sunday 17 July 2022 11.00am

Festival Mass

Beethoven — Mass in C

Summer Opera House 2
St John’s Church, Buxton

Following the 250th anniversary of his birth two years ago, we perform Beethoven’s first mass as part of the Buxton International Festival. Chorus and Orchestra join the congregation at St John’s Church as they celebrate Eucharist with soloists from the Buxton International Festival company.

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


 Sing it in a day

Haydn — Creation

Singers are invited to take part in Buxton International Festival by joining Buxton Musical Society and Orchestra in a performance of Haydn’s Creation. The work will be rehearsed during the day for an evening performance in St John’s Church with full orchestra and soloists. Applications will be prioritised to ensure a balanced choir.

An application form for guest singers can be found here.


All performances take place in St John’s Church, Buxton

Apart from the Sing it in a Day, Tickets: £15.00 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)