Performance History

Can you help?

As part of our 75th Anniversary celebrations, we are trying to create a performance history of the Society since its founding in 1944. If you are a long time supporter of the Buxton Musical Society, plese spend some time looking through the information below and see if you can fill in any gaps. There is a particular shortage of information between 1951 and 1962. If you spot anything you can help with, please get in touch with us via our contact page, or speak to any member of the society.






03 December 1944HandelMessiahElena Danieli, Gladys Ripley, Walter Glynne, Joseph FarringtonThe first concert of the newly formed Society “failing Gladys Ripley it was suggested that Kathleen Ferrier be approached”
18 February 1945Edward GermanMerrie England“a few members of the Society hav[e] intimated that they would not take part in a performance … if it were given on a Sunday”
01 April 1945MendelssohnHymn of Praise
HandelMessiah Pts 2 & 3
11 May 1945Buxton Musical Festival (entry continued in most years that follow)
22 May 1945ParryBlest pair of sirens
V-Williams5 English folksongs(Heddle Nash not being available “The services of Henry Wendon or, failing him, Webster Booth”
Coleridge TaylorHiawatha’s Wedding
24 November 1945BizetCarmen
16 December 1945HandelMessiah (shortened version at Devonshire Royal Hospital)
23 December 1945HandelMessiahOwen Brannigan    (Pavilion Gardens)
31 March 1946ElgarKing Olaf, etc
17 November 1946Edward GermanTom Jones
22 December 1946HandelMessiah
12 February 1947MendelssohnElijah(Postponed because of weather  – anyone remember 1947?)
06 April 1947Varied progBMS hired to perform at Pavilion Gardens
20 April 1947Varied prog by BMS on own account
27 September 1947MendelssohnElijah,soloists from BMSBakewell
21 December 1947HandelMessiah(“substantial loss on this performance”)
07 March 1948BachPeasant Cantata
A. RowleyThe River
HandelOccasional Overture
05 December 1948‘Musical evening’ (light music)in Pavilion Café
19 December 1948HandelJudas Maccabeus “The Society would like a change from Messiah for Christmas owing to the numerous performances, wireless and otherwise”
03 April 1949GermanMerrie England“Miss Doris Gambell of BBC fame” at 20 guineas
18 December 1949HandelMessiah“failing Miss Alsop, Miss Isobel Baillie”
05 March 1950ElgarDream of Gerontius(Yvonne Burton, Heddle Nash)
20 May 1950HandelMessiahAt Tideswell, for their 600th anniversary
12 January 1951HaydnCreation(Isobel Baillie / Joan Hammond not av.), Doris Gumbell
11 March 1951SmetanaBartered Bride


08 April 1962SmetanaBartered Bride cond Charles Lockett Pav Gdns
16 December 1962HandelMessiahAlfreda Hodgson cond. Fred ParnellSt John’s (memorial concert for Charles Lockett)
28 February 1963Gordon JacobHighwaysdate of this concert recorded as 31.2.63   Pav Gdns
BrahmsHow lovely are Thy dwellings
ParryBlest pair of sirens
StanfordSea Songs   (all cond Bernard Smith)
Dec-66HandelMessiahExact date not recorded
Apr-67BrahmsRequiem + Oriana Singers cond D. AnsonExact date not recorded
GriegPiano ConcertoD Anson cond. M. Williams
10 December 1967HaydnNelson Masscond M. Williams
  “Trumpet concerto D. Haines cond D. Anson
V-WilliamsFantasia on Christmas Carols
31 March 1968MendelssohnElijah (shortened) +Oriana Singers cond D. Anson
15 December 1968BachChristmas oratorio Pts 1, 2, 3
BeethovenPiano Conc No 4David Anson,  cond M. Williams
13 April 1969SmetanaBartered Bride
BrahmsSong of Destiny
14 December 1969HandelMessiahJoan Bletcher, Yvonne Newton, N Jenkins, P Ravenscroft,  cond Michael Williams
04 January 1971MozartRequiemJanet Holleworth, Pamela Hadfield, Mr Garrett, John King
06 December 1970HandelJudas MaccabeusEidwenn Hurrhy, Gaynor Williams,  N Jenkins, P Ravenscroft
18 April 1971SchubertMass in A flat
MendelssohnViolin concertoPeter Mountain(Iona Brown not available)
11 July 1971HandelThe King shall rejoicePav Gdns (Christian Aid concert)
BachBrandenburg No 2
BeethovenViolin ConcIona Brown
HaydnTe Deum in C
12 December 1971MozartOverture Don Giovanni
VivaldiGloria  Hazel Holt,  Margaret Cable
SchumannPiano ConcertoSteaurt Bedford
16 April 1972BachMagnificat,  Ascension Oratorio  Pav Gdns
PurcellCome ye sons of Art
MozartHorn ConcertoJohn Bimson
16 July 1972Vaughan WilliamsIn Windsor Forest  Pav Gdns
MozartClarinet ConcJanet Hilton
SchubertSymphony No 3
10 December 1972HandelMessiah David Johnson,  Caroline Crawshaw, et al  Pav Gdns
Easter 73FauréRequiem
ElgarCello concertoJulian Lloyd Webber
Summer 73SchubertMass in G major
25 November 1973HaydnCreation  Pav Gdns
31 March 1974ElgarGerontiusElizabeth Muir, Richard Lewis, Roger Stalman  Pav Gdns
14 July 1974BeethovenOverture Prometheus  Pav Gdns
MozartPiano conc 24 in C MinorAnthony Peebles
BrucknerThree motets
MendelssohnItalian Symphony
24 November 1974PoulencGloriaSue Gorton  Pav Gdns
BruchViolin ConcIona Brown
BrucknerTe DeumSue Gorton, Malcolm Knowles
23 March 1975BachSt John PassionMalcolm Knowles  Pav Gdns
22 June 1975VivaldiGloria (in Northern Chamber Orchestra concert)
13 July 1975BachBrandenburg Conc No 4  Pav Gdns
MozartSinfonia Concertante
BrahmsLeibeslieder Waltzes Jane Watkin, Blair Forster
BeethovenSymphony No 1
09 November 1975SchubertRosamunde   Pav Gdns
BachViolin concerto in E major Philip Sutton
BeethovenMass in C
14 December 1975HandelMessiah  Pav Gdns
11 April 1976Vaughan WilliamsSerenade to Music  Pav Gdns
StraussHorn Conc No 1John Butterworth
TippettFive Spirituals from A Child of Our Time
LambertThe Rio Grande Jane Watkin,  Gillian Morton
StanfordSongs of the Sea
11 July 1976MonteverdiBeatus Vir  Pav Gdns
MozartPiano Conc No 23Richard Walsh
BeethovenSymphony No 3 Eroica
05 December 1976HandelChandos Anthem
BeethovenPiano concerto No 4 Ian Brown
27 March 1977DvorakSerenade in D Minor for wind instruments  Pav Gdns
BrahmsGerman Requiem (with Macclesfield Oriana Choir)
29 May 1977HandelOrgan concerto No 1 Andrew Parnell  St John’s
BrittenSt Nicholas Malcolm Knowles
10 July 1977HaydnSinfonia Concertante in B Flat  Pav Gdns
MendelssohnSymphony No 3, Scottish
04 December 1977HandelUtrecht Te Deum  Pav Gdns
BachBrandenburg Conc No 1
MozartVesperae Solennes de Confessore
15 December 1977HandelMessiah Come & Sing (for Samaritans)
16 April 1978RachmaninovPiano Conc No 2 Steuart Bedford  Pav Gdns
BrittenAbraham and IsaacRobert Johnston, David Johnston, Steuart Bedford
HadleyThe HillsSue Gorton, David Johnston, Roger Stalman
13 May 1978BrucknerGraduals
Vaughan WilliamsValiant for Truth & 100th Psalm
MonteverdiBeatus Vir
05 November 1978SchubertSymphony No 8, Unfinished  Pav Gdns
BrahmsSong of Destiny,  Haydn Variations
DvorakTe Deum
10 December 1978HandelMessiah  Pav Gdns
01 April 1979WaltonCrown Imperial
BrittenSix Choral Dances from Gloriana
Vaughan WilliamsThe Lark ascendingAlyson Zuntz
ParryI was glad
ElgarThe Music Makers Margaret Cable
01 July 1979Gala Opening of the Opera House – National AnthemDay not specified – from the Gods (very hot!)
02 December 1979BachChristmas Oratorio Malcolm Knowles  Opera Hse (First in restored Opera House)
06 December 1979HandelMessiah– Come & Sing (for Opera House funds)
23 March 1980HaydnPaukenmesse  Opera Hse
BrahmsViolin Conc Iona Brown
18 May 1980ParrySongs of Farewell
TippettChild of Our Time spirituals
Scott Joplin
01 July 1980SchubertMass in G,St John’s Festival Mass
04 December 1980Vauhgan WilliamsFantasia on Xmas carols,Christopher Underwood
Vauhgan Williams HodieSusan Gorton, Malcolm Knowles,Buxton Girls’ School
ProkofievPeter & the Wolf John Wood
21 March 1981StraussDie Fledermaus overture
BruchViolin concerto in G Minor Clare McFarlane
Elgar, Delius, Wood, ArneLast night of the Proms selection
29 March 1981VerdiRequiemAlison Harper, Margaret McDonald,  Alexander Young, Michael Rippon  Pav Gdns
09 August 1981MozartMissa Brevis in D major K194,Festival Mass St John’s
Summer 81StraussDie Fledermaus overtureexact date not given –  Pav Gdns
BruchViolin concerto in G Minor Clare McFarlane
Elgar, Delius, Wood, ArneLast night of the Proms selection
22 November 1981MozartSymphony No 39  Pav Gdns
BrittenHymn to St Cecilia
StraussOboe Concerto Margaret Gilchrist
HaydnTe Deum
20 December 1981HandelMessiah   (postponed till 7.3.82, because of SNOW) Pav Gdns
27 March 1982MahlerSymphony No2 – ‘Resurrection’with Wilmslow Symphony OrchestraStockport Town Hall
03 April 1982BrahmsAcademic Festival Overture
MozartPiano concerto No 23 K488  Steuart Bedford
Elgar, Delius, Wood, ArneLast night of the Proms selection
04 April 1982RachmaninovRhapsody on a theme of Paganini Steuart Bedford  Pav Gdns
FauréRequiem Sheila Morten,  Christopher Underwood
WagnerOverture The Mastersingers
11 July 1982Vaughan WilliamsSerenade to Music Pav Gdns, Christian Aid
Walton, Bruch, Dvorak???
01 August 1982HaydnNelson MassFestival Mass
12 December 1982MozartFlute Concerto  Julian Hall  Opera Hse
MozartMass in C Minor
19 December 1982Carols  (St Mary’s Ch)
27 February 1983BerliozChildhood of  Christ Malcolm Knowles  Pav Gdns
MozartMass in C minor
27 March 1983BeethovenSymphony No9with Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra,Stockport Town Hall
08 May 1983VivaldiGloriaSheila Morten,  Gillian Morton St John’s
BachSuite No 2 in B Minor Richard McNicol
BachJesu Priceless Treasure  David Francis, organ
BachConcerto in D Minor, Violin & Oboe  Ray Sidebottom, Margaret Gilchrist
HandelLet Thy Hand be Strengthened  Coronation anthem
10 July 1983WagnerOverture TannhauserPav Gdns, Christian Aid
BrahmsLiebeslieder Waltzes Wendy Barber, Richard Walsh, piano
TchaikovskySymphony No5 in E minor
01 August 1983SchubertMass in C Festival Mass St John ‘s
11 December 1983Vaughan WilliamsIn Windsor Forest     Pav Gdns
DebussyPetite Suite
arr Rutter, JacquesCarols
BrittenCeremony of Carols
CoplandClarinet ConcMichael Palin
08 April 1984BachSt Matthew Passion Malcolm Knowles, Christopher Underwood, etc  St John’s
08 July 1984ElgarIn the South  Pav Gdns
ElgarFour English part songs,
Parry, Finzi
BrahmsSymphony No 1
05 August 1984BeethovenMass in C   Festival Mass  St John’s
11 November 1984BrahmsConcerto for Violin & Cello Tom Bangbala  Stephen Threlfall  Pav Gdns
ElgarSpirit of England  Sue Gorton
16 December 1984HandelMessiah Sandra Dugdale,  Malcolm Knowles
14 April 1985BeethovenPiano Conc No 5  Ian Brown  Pav Gdns
MozartRequiem Janet Byers, Gillian Morton, John Mark Ainsley, Philip Judge
09 June 1985Elgar,  Britten,  Stanford,  Ireland,  Vaughan WilliamsEnglish choral programme
07 July 1985R Strauss,  Rimsky-K,  Schubert,  Walton???   Pav Gdns  (no choir)
04 August 1985HaydnMaria Theresa Mass,  Festival Mass
17 November 1985BachBrandenburg Conc No 5  St John’s
BachMotet  Lobet den Herrn
BachConcerto for 2 ViolinsRaymond Sidebottom,  Alyson Zuntz
HandelDixit DominusDelia Fletcher,  Sue Gorton
05 December 1985Carol concert,Harpur Hill Junior choir   Opera Hse
No dateTchaikovskyFantasy overture Romeo & Juliet   ?Prom?
DvorakSerenade in D Minor
Rimsky KorsakovScheherezade
13 April 1986DvorakStabat Mater  Pav gdns
MozartWind Serenade in Eb  K388
06 July 1986BrahmsMotet ‘Make thou in me O God’  Pav Gdns  Christian Aid
BerliozNuits d’été
BeethovenSymph 3, Eroica
03 August 1986MozartCoronation Mass  St John’s, Fest.
16 November 1986HaydnCreation
14 December 1986Carol concertBuxton Junior Sch  Opera Hse
05 April 1987V-WilliamsSancta Civitas  Pav Gdns
ParryBlest pair of sirens
ElgarCello concertoStephen Threlfall
02 August 1987HaydnPaukenmesse  St John’s, Fest
08 November 1987BeethovenSymphony No 8  St John’s
SchubertMass in Eb
13 December 1987HandelMessiah  Pav Gdns
19 December 1987Carol concertBrass / Madrigal Singers / Whaley Bridge SchoolOpera Hse
24 April 1988ElgarThe KingdomSarah Fulgoni, Sue Gorton, Malcolm Knowles, C UnderwoodPav Gdns
31 July 1988HaydnHarmoniemesseSt John’s, Fest
20 November 1988BorodinOverture Prince IgorPav Gdns
DvorakMass in D
SeiberYugoslav folksongs
BartokRomanian dances
KodalyPsalmus Hungaricus
11 December 1988CarolsSt Anne’s School, BuxtonOpera Hse
19 March 1989BachSt John Passion Malcolm Knowles, John Powell, et alSt John’s
02 April 1989Songs of PraiseSt John’s
23 April 1989Opera GalaSandra Dugdale, Linda Ormiston, Donald Maxwell, Adrian ThompsonOpera Hse
27 April 1989HandelMessiah – Come & Sing Meth. Church
02 July 1989Dvorak??
BrahmsHaydn Variations
TchaikovskySymphony No 6
06 August 1989MozartMass in Bb K275 (Missa Brevis)St John’s, Fest
26 November 1989SchubertSymph 8, Unfinished
BrahmsRequiem Linda Richardson,  Christopher Underwood
17 December 1989CarolsFairfield Endowed Junior SchoolOpera Hse
22 April 1990WagnerOverture ‘Flying Dutchman’Pav Gdns
ParrySongs of farewell
Constant Lambert  Rio GrandeGillian Morton, Brenda Walker piano
R StraussOverture Don Juan
Vaughan Williams  Toward the unknown region
01 July 1990BeethovenCoriolanChristian Aid
BeethovenPiano concerto No4Anthony Goldstone
BeethovenSymphony No7
05 August 1990SchubertMass in CSt John’s, Fest
14 October 1990HandelMy heart is inditingSt John’s
PurcellTe Deum
BachBrandenburg No 4
09 December 1990HandelMessiah  CANCELLED OWING TO SNOWPav Gdns
16 December 1990Carol concertBuxton Buskers, Burbage Primary School
17 March 1991Opera GalaSandra Dugdale, Linda Ormiston, Donald Maxwell, Adrian ThompsonOpera Hse
14 April 1991HandelMessiah, postponed from 9.12.90 see abovePav Gdns
11 May 1991DurufléRequiemOrgan accompaniment, & recital,  James Lancelot Durham CathedralSt John’s
04 August 1991MozartMass in C K337St John’s, Fest
MozartSancta Maria
11 August 1991variousFestival Fireworks Finale, with Camerata, Cholmondeley Castle
27 October 1991VerdiRequieminc Joanne Grillo, Jeffrey Talbot, John HudsonOpera Hse
08 December 1991Carol ConcertNew Mills Primary SchoolOpera Hse
29 March 1992ElgarDream of Gerontius Margaret Macdonald, Adrian Thompson, John RathPav Gardens
05 July 1992BeethovenPiano Concerto No 3 Brenda WalkerSt John’s, Christian Aid
MendelssohnItalian Symphony
07 June 1992Opera GalaSandra Dugdale, Linda Ormiston, Donald Maxwell, Adrian ThompsonOpera Hse
26 July 1992HaydnHeiligemesseSt John’s, Fest
15 November 1992HandelJephthaMalcolm Knowles, David |Gould, Kathryn NobleSt John’s
13 December 1992CarolsSt Anne’s RC Primary SchoolOpera Hse
28 March 1993WeberOverture OberonPav Gdns
BrahmsAlto RhapsodySusannah Spicer
VerdiFour Sacred Pieces
RossiniStabat Mater
22 May 1993Tippett, Elgar, Vaughan WilliamsEnglish choral & orchestral musicSt John’s
Jul-93BeethovenViolin concertoShelagh  Diackdate not specified
BeethovenSymphony No 4
25 July 1993HaydnNelson MassSt John’s, Fest
07 November 1993BrahmsSong of Destiny
BrucknerPsalm 150
DvorakSymph 8
05 December 1993HandelMessiah
12 December 1993CarolsKinder ChoirOpera Hse  &  SNOW
27 March 1994ElgarSea Pictures Margaret Macdonald
ElgarMusic Makers Margaret Macdonald
ElgarOverture Froissart
08 May 1994Opera GalaSandra Dugdale, Linda Ormiston, Donald Maxwell, Adrian Thompson
24 July 1994BeethovenMass in CSt John’s, Fest
13 November 1994CherubiniRequiemSt John’s
BeethovenPastoral symph 6
18 December 1994CarolsHarpur Hill Primary SchoolOpera Hse
02 April 1995MendelssohnElijah  Kathryn Noble,  John PowellOpera Hse
25 June 1995GOLDEN Jubilee ConcertPav Gdns
ElgarSpirit of the Lord
MozartSinfonia concertante violin & viola Eleanor & Alison Gilchrist
ParryBlest pair of sirens
SeiberYugoslav folksongs
StraussSuite Der Rosenkavalier
23 July 1995MozartCoronation MassSt John’s, Fest
19 November 1995HandelSamson Helen Groves, James GilchristSt John’s
18 December 1995CarolsFurness Vale SchoolOpera Hse
31 March 1996FauréCantique de Jean RacinePav Gdns
ChaussonPoème de l’amour at de la mer
Saint SaensTwo unaccompanied songs
21 July 1996HaydnTheresienmesseSt John’s, Fest
10 November 1996V-WilliamsDona Nobis Pacem
DvorakSymph 7
15 December 1996Carol concertWilliams Fairey Band.Opera Hse   BMS pieces all unaccompanied.
16 March 1997BrahmsRequiemChristopher Underwood St John’s
Vaughan WiliiamsFive Mystical SongsChristopher Underwood
20 July 1997HaydnCreation MassSt John’s, Fest
26 October 1997FauréRequiemcond. Michael PalinSt John’s
MendelssohnScottish symphony                  “
BeethovenOverture Egmont                      “
07 December 1997HandelMessiah
14 December 1997CarolsWilliams Fairey BandOpera Hse
29 March 1998ElgarApostleswith Bollington Festival Choir Sue Gorton et alPav Gdns
14 June 1998Opera GalaSandra Dugdale, Linda Ormiston, Donald Maxwell, Adrian ThompsonOpera Hse
19 July 1998WeberMass in EbSt John’s, Fest
15 November 1998HandelSolomon Helen Groves, Carys Lane, Susannah Spicer, James Gilchrist,   St John’s
12 January 1900CarolsThornton’s Band
21 March 1999ElgarBanner of St George   Pav Gdns
BrittenHymn to St Cecilia
01 July 1999BrittenMissa BrevisSt John’s, Fest – date not specified
17 October 1999MozartRequiemSt John’s
BeethovenSymph 5
05 December 1999BerliozL’Enfance du Christ
12 December 1999CarolsThornton’s BandOpera Hse
09 April 2000BachSt Matthew PassionKinder Choir Malcolm Knowles, Christopher UnderwoodSt John’s
16 July 2000SchubertMass in BbSt John’s, Fest
15 October 2000PoulencOrgan concerto James LancelotSt John’s
BarberAgnus Dei
FinziDies Natalis Frances Brindley
ElgarSerenade for strings
10 December 2000CarolsSt Anne’s RC SchoolOpera Hse
17 December 2000HandelMessiahstudent soloists from RNCM
25 March 2001PucciniMessa di Gloria
DvorakTe Deum Adrian Thompson
BerliozNuits d’été
15 July 2001HaydnPaukenmesseSt John’s, Fest
14 October 2001HaydnCreationKathryn Noble, John Powell, … WilmanSt John’s
09 December 2001CarolsOpera Hse
Vaughan-WilliamsFantasia on Christmas Carols
16 March 2002RNLI concertwith Chetham’s Wind Band & Chamber Choir
21 April 2002English programme  for Queen’s Golden JubileeSt John’s
Finzi, Elgar, Walton, Butterworth, Britten, Delius, Parry
01 July 2002Festival massSt John’s, Fest – date not specified
10 November 2002HandelBelshazzar Susanna Spicer, Helen Groves, James Gilchrist, David GouldSt John’s
08 December 2002CarolsThornton’s Band
30 March 2003ElgarThe KingdomBollington Festival Choir, Rachel Nicholls, Sue Gorton, Adrian Thompson, Byron Watson
15 June 2003BeethovenViolin concertoRNLI concert with Chetham’s
BeethovenSymphony (4?)
13 July 2003SchubertMass in AbSt John’s, Fest
SchubertUnfinished Symphony (?)
19 October 2003SchubertMass in Ab
SchubertUnfinished Symph
BrahmsSong of Destiny
07 December 2003HandelMessiah
14 December 2003CarolsOpera Hse
28 March 2004DvorakStabat Mater
RVWSerenade to Music
18 July 2004HaydnHeiligemesseSt John’s, Fest
14 November 2004Elgar`Music Makers  Louise InnesSt John’s
DvorakCello conc Simon Webb
12 December 2004Carolswith Christ’s College Cambridge choirOpera Hse
20 March 2005RossiniPetite Messe Solenelle Wyn Davies / Andrew CummingsSt John’s
28 May 2005VerdiRequiem in Bollington Festival
05 June 2005VerdiRequiem (Jubilee concert)with Bollington Festival Choir  Claire Seaton, Margaret Macdonald, Adrian Thompson, Donald Maxwell
07 January 1900MozartCoronation MassSt John’s, Fest
13 November 2005HandelTheodora
11 December 2005CarolsLincoln Coll Oxford, & Viva Voce, SheffieldOpera Hse
26 March 2006ElgarDream of Gerontius Louise Innes, Adrian Thompson, James RutherfordSt John’s
16 July 2006HaydnNelson MassSt John’s, Fest
15 October 2006MozartMass in C minor K427St John’s
MozartPiano conc K595  Anthony Goldstone
26 November 2006HandelMessiah soloists Chris Underwood pupilsSt John’s
18 March 2007MendelssohnElijahCarys Lane, Andrew M-Wicks, James RutherfordSt John’s
15 July 2007HaydnCreation MassSt John’s, Fest
18 November 2007HaydnSeasons
12 December 2007CarolsChoristers of Worcester Coll, OxfordOpera Hse
13 March 2008BachSt John PassionJoshua EllicottSt John’s
18 May 2008ElgarCello concertoSimon WebbSt John’s
& English works
01 July 2008HaydnHeiligemesseSt John’s, Fest – date not specified
21 September 2008Opera GalaSandra Dugdale, Linda Ormiston, Donald Maxwell, Adrian ThompsonOpera Hse
16 November 2008HandelSemele
14 December 2008CarolsWorcester College OxfordOpera hse
29 March 2009BrahmsRequiemSt John’s
SchubertUnfinished Symph
17 May 2009GriegPiano Concerto(Anthony Goldstone)St John’s
DvorakMass in D
WeberOverture Oberon
19 July 2009HaydnHarmoniemesseSt John’s, Fest
18 October 2009HaydnClock SymphSt John’s
HaydnTe Deum
HandelThe King shall rejoice
BachSinget den Herrn
MozartPiano concerto in A (Di Xiao)
22 November 2009HandelMessiahHelen Groves, Susanna Spicer, Joshua Ellicott, Marcus Farnsworth)St John’s
13 December 2009CarolsWorcester Coll OxfordOpera Hse
23 March 2010ElgarApostlesClaire Seaton, Louise Innes, Andrew Wicks, Marcus Farnsworth
27 June 2010VivaldiGloria
MozartHorn Conc 4(soloist, Chethams’)
MozartSymph no29
MozartSinfonia Concertante
18 July 2010DvorakMass in DSt John’s, Fest
07 November 2010HaydnSt Cecilia Mass
HandelOrgan concertoAndrew Cummings)
BachSuite No 3
12 December 2010CarolsWorcester College ChoirOpera Hse
20 March 2010MendelssohnSt PaulCarys Lane, Susanna Spicer, Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks & Andrew Rupp
15 May 2011DurufléRequiemFrances Brindley, Andrew Parker
ElgarSonata for OrganJames Lancelot)
19 June 2011SchubertSymphony No 3 in D
MozartPiano Concerto No 19 in F K459Iyad Sughayer, (Chetham’s School of Music)
MendelssohnSymphony No 4 in A (The Italian)
17 July 2011HaydnPaukenmesseFestival Mass
06 November 2011HandelJudas MaccabeusHelen Groves, Susanna Spicer, Joshua Ellicott & Christopher Underwood
11 December 2011CarolsWorcester College Oxford choirOpera Hse
18 March 2012BrittenSt NicholasAndrew Mackenzie Wicks with Chamber Choir of King’s School, Macclesfield. Director Simon Mercer
Edvard GriegHolberg Suite
Johannes BrahmsLiebeslieder WaltzesAndrew Cummings, Philip Cartledge – Piano
Edward ElgarSerenade for Strings
29 April 2012Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – English programme
Charles Hubert Hastings ParryAnthem – I was glad
George Frederic HandelAnthem – Zadok the Priest
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsMotet – O taste and seesoloist: Jane McNeill
William WaltonMarch – Crown Imperial
Benjamin BrittenFour Choral Dances from ‘Gloriana’
Edward ElgarAnthem – Great is the Lordsoloist: Andrew Parker
Edward ElgarImperial March
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsO be joyful in the Lord(The Hundredth Psalm)
Edward ElgarSea PicturesLouise Innes – Mezzo Soprano
Charles Hubert Hastings ParryBlest Pair of Sirens
Charles Hubert Hastings ParryJerusalem
17 June 2012BeethovenSymphony No 7 in A opus 92
MozartFlute Concerto No 1 in G K313Soloist Luke O’Toole, (Chetham’s School of Music)
MozartSymphony No 35 in D major K385 ‘The Haffner’
15 July 2012HaydnNelson Mass (with organ)St John’s, Fest
28 October 2012W A MozartVesperae Solennes de Confessore K339Rebecca Lea, Sarah Baram, William Pette, David Shipley
W A MozartSinfonia Concertante K364Maria Angelika Carlsten (Violin) Katrina Brown (Viola)
W A MozartMass in C (The Coronation) K317Rebecca Lea, Sarah Baram, William Pette, David Shipley
25 November 2012HandelMessiahHelen Groves, David Gould,  Joshua Ellicott, Marcus Farnsworth
09 December 2012CarolsWorcester College Oxford choir
Vaughan WilliamsFantasia on Christmas CarolsAndrew Parker – baritone
24 March 2013PucciniMessa di GloriaAndrew MacKenzie Wicks (Tenor) Matthew Hargreaves (Bass)conducted by Philip Cartledge at short notice
RossiniStabat MaterRebecca Rudge, Sophie Goldrick , Andrew MacKenzie Wicks, Matthew Hargreavesconducted by Michael Williams with a broken leg
16 June 2013StraussOboe concertoEleanor Doddford, (Chetham’s School of Music)
MozartSymphony No 40 in G minor K550
SchubertSymphony No 5 in B flat D485
14 July 2013SchubertMass in C(?)  Festival Mass
10 November 2013Vaughan WilliamsDona Nobis PacemHannah Sawle, Benjamin Bevan (Remembrance Sundayconcert) Matthew Hargreaves indisposed
Vaughan WilliamsFive Mystical SongsBenjamin Bevan
DvorakSymphony No 8
08 December 2013CarolsWorcester College Oxford choir / St Anne’s School. Soloists: Andrew Parker, Jane McNeill, Frances Brindley
06 April 2014PoulencGloriaTanya Hurst (Soprano)
BizetTe DeumTanya Hurst (Soprano) Andrew Mackenzie Wicks (Tenor)
Saint SaensCalme des Nuits, Les Fleurs et les Arbres
FauréElégie for cello & orchestraMiriam Brown – ‘Cello
BizetCarmen Suite No 1 (1882)
BerliozOverture Le Carnaval Romain
15 June 2014R StraussHorn Concerto No1 in E-flatBen Hurst, Chetham’s School of Music
BeethovenSymphony No2 in D
MozartDuet – La ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni)Andrew Parker & Jane McNeil
MozartAria – Fin ch’han dal vino (Don Giovanni)Andrew Parker
MozartAria  – Non so piu (Marriage of Figaro)Jane McNeil
MozartAria – Non piu andrai (Marriage of Figaro)Andrew Parker
Felix MendelssohnOverture ‘Fingal’s Cave’ Op. 26
20 July 2014HaydnHeiligemesseFestival Mass
09 November 2014ElgarSpirit of England(Claire Seaton)(Centenary Remembrance Sunday)
R.StraussFour last songs (Claire Seaton)
BrahmsSong of Destiny (Schicksalslied)sung in English
BorodinPrince Igor, overture
14 December 2014CarolsWorcester College Oxford choir, Fairfield Endowed Junior School
22 March 2015BeethovenOverture – The Creatures of Prometheus
BeethovenMass in C(Robyn Allegra Parton, Sophie Dicks, Adam Kowalczyk, Benjamin Lewis)
MozartPiano Concerto 27(Stephen Barlow)
HaydnMotet – Insanae et vanae curae
30 May 2015MahlerSymphony No 2, the Resurrectionwith Wrexham Symphony OrchestraBridgewater Hall
14 June 2015BruchScottish Fantasy Op46 (Iona McDonald, Chetham’s School of Music)
TchaikovskySymphony No 6, Pathetique
Otto NicolaiOverture – The Merry Wives of Windsor
19 July 2015HaydnHarmoniemesseFestival Mass
25 October 2015HaydnThe CreationRebecca Rudge,  Joshua Ellicott, Frederick Long)
22 November 2015HandelMessiahJulie Cooper, David Gould, Andrew Mackenzie Wicks, Matthew Hargreaves
13 December 2015CarolsFairfield Juniors, Susie & the Bad Habits   St John’s
20 March 2016FinziIntimations of ImmortalityAndrew Mackenzie Wicks
ElgarSongs from the Bavarian Highlands
DeliusLa Calinda
DeliusWalk to the paradise garden
Vaughan WilliamsEnglish Folk Song Suite
12 June 2016Concerto!
BeethovenPiano Concerto No 2Jackie Campbell – Chetham’s School of MusicBBC Young Musician section finalist 2016
SchubertSymphony No 5
MozartEine kleine Nachtmusik
BrucknerThree motets:
Locus Iste
Ave Maria
Christus factus est
17 July 2016BeethovenMass in CFestival Mass
13 November 2016HandelJoshuaHelen Groves, Matthew Venner, Joshua Ellicott, David Shipley
11 December 2016Christmaswith the Buxton Musical SocietyFairfield Endowed C of E Junior School Choir. Conductor – Tracey JohnsonSt John’s
Sergei ProkofievPeter & the WolfDonald Maxwell – narrator
02 April 2017ElgarThe KingdomClaire Seaton, Louise Innes, Adrian Thompson, Marcus FarnsworthMichael’s 50th anniversary concert
18 June 2017VerdiRequiemClaire Seaton, Margaret MacDonald, Thomas Atkins, Matthew HargreavesWith guests: Bakewell Choral Society
16 July 2017MozartCoronation MassBuxton Festival Mass
14 October 2017MozartRequiem MassKathryn Howson, Carol Huff, Philip Tomlinson, Andrew ParkerBMS Singing Day – Sing Mozart in Buxton – led by Philip Cartledge
26 November 2017Carl Maria von WeberOverture Oberon
Antonín DvořákTe DeumAlexandra Lowe – soprano, Andrew Randall – baritone
Brahms Ein Deutsches RequiemAlexandra Lowe – soprano, Andrew Randall – baritoneSung in German
17 December 2017Christmas with the Buxton Musical SocietyFairfield Endowed C of E Junior School Choir. Conductor – Tracey Johnson
Susie & the Bad Habits
08 April 2018Buxton BaroquePostponed from 18 March because of snow
J S BachMagnificat in DFrances Brindley – soprano, Kathryn Howson – soprano
George Frideric HandelDixit DominusHollie-Anne Bangham  – mezzo-soprano
C H H ParryCoronation Anthem – I was GladRyan Davies – tenor, Andrew Parker – BassDisplay of new lighting system during the Parry Anthem
George Frideric HandelCoronation Anthem My Heart is InditingIan Wilson – Lighting Designer
13 May 2018RossiniPetite Messe SolennelleHelen Groves – soprano, Susanna Spicer – mezzo-soprano
Andrew Mackenzie Wicks – tenor, Matthew Hargreaves – bassBen Bevan – indisposed
Ian Shaw – piano, Andrew Cummings – harmonium
17 June 2018Franz SchubertOverture Rosamunde
Georges BizetCarmen Suite No. 1
Francis PoulencOrgan ConcertoGeorge Herbert – organ soloist – by kind permission of Chetham’s School of Music
Antonín DvořákSymphony No. 7
17 July 2018F J HaydnHeiligmesseSoloists?Buxton Internation Festival – Mass
28 October 2018BeethovenPiano Concerto No 4.Matthew McLachlan from Chetham’s School of Music
CherubiniRequiem Mass
25 November 2018George Frideric HandelMessiahJulie Cooper – soprano, Matthew Venner – counter-tenor, Andrew Mackenzie Wicks – tenor, Andrew Slater – bassPerformance in aid of Music in Hospitals and Care
16 December 2018Christmas Cracker!Various Christmas Music including:Fairfield Endowed C of E Junior School Choir. Conductor – Tracey Johnson
TchaikovskyNutcracker SuiteRobbie Carnegie – narratorSpecially commissioned performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with added narration
07 April 2019ElgarThe Dream of GerontiusKathryn Rudge – mezzo-soprano
Adrian Thompson – tenor
Benjamin Bevan – bass
08 June 2019‘Sing it in a Day’Conducted by Matthew HamiltonSinging Day in St John’s Church
DurufléRequiemFrances Brindley – soprano, Andrew Parker – baritone
Darius Battiwalla – organ
16 June 2019MendelssohnViolin ConcertoFaye Lam – violin – Chetham’s School of Music
BeethovenCoriolan Overture
Vaughan WilliamsIn Windsor Forest
MozartSymphony No35 ‘The Haffner’
14 July 2019HaydnCreation MassBuxton Internation Festival – Mass
24 November 2019HaydnThe SeasonsRobyn Allegra Parton – soprano
Bradley Smith – tenor
Benjamin Bevan – bass
15 December 2019Christmas ConcertChristmas favourites Fairfield Endowed C of E Junior School Choir. Conductor – Tracey Johnson
ProkofievPeter & the WolfDonald Maxwell – narrator
05 April 2020MendelssohnElijahConcert postponed due to Covid19 outbreak
March 2020 – September 2021All concerts and rehearsals postponed during outbreak of Covid19Chorus met online and was joined by guests:
Adrian Thompson, Simon Webb and others
17 October 2021F J HaydnMissa Sancti Nicolai, Mass No. 6 in G majorClare Seaton Soprano – Susanna Spicer Mezzo-soprano – Andrew Mackenzie Wicks Tenor – Philip Smith Bass
W A MozartSymphony No. 29 in A major
W A MozartMissa brevis in D majorSoloists as above
05 December 2021George Frideric HandelMessiahHelen Groves – soprano, William Towers – counter-tenor, Bradley Smith – tenor, Marcus Farnsworth – bass Ken Brown – Trumpet Obbligato. Leader Steven Wilkie
12 December 2021Christmas ConcertChristmas favourites Guests: Fairfield Endowed C of E Junior School
27 February 2022Felix Mendelssohn–BartholdyElijahClare Seaton – soprano, Susanna Spicer – contralto, Andrew Mackenzie Wicks – tenor, Philip Smith – Elijah, Eve Codman — Youth, Andrew Parker – bassPerformance postponed from March 2020
10 April 2022Music and MajestyCelebration of Platinum Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth IILouise Innes – mezzo-soprano
Walton Crown Imperial March
Handel Zadok the Priest
Elgar Sea Pictures
Britten Choral Dances from Gloriana
Delius Walk to the Paradise Garden
Vaughan Williams O Taste and See
Britten Soirées musicales
Parry I was glad
Elgar Pomp & Circumstance March No. 4
Arne Rule, Britannia!
17 July 2022BeethovenMass in CSoloists from Festival CompanyBuxton Internation Festival – Mass
23 July 2022HaydnThe CreationGeorgie Malcolm – soprano,
Jack Apperley – chorus director
Buxton Internation Festival Event with invited chorus singers from festival-goers.
30 October 2022Dreamers of DreamsZany Denyer – piano, Frances Gregory – mezzo-sopranoLeader Steven Wilkie
Otto NicolaiOverture—The Merry Wives of Windsor
Edvard GreigPiano Concerto in A minor Op.16The piece that Michael Williams first conducted with the Society 55 years previously
Edward ElgarThe Music Makers Op.69
11 December 2022The Real Father Christmas?Fairfield Endowed C of E Junior School Choir, Froggatt Young Singers
BrittenSt NicolasAndrew Mackenzie Wicks – tenor, Froggatt Young Singers – Gallery Choir
Christmas favourites