11th to 27th July 2014

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Recent Projects

So far in 2014 we have delivered the following outreach projects:

Ukulele Fun Day
60 ukulele players came together for a day of workshops at Buxton Methodist Church. The beginners sessions focused on basic techniques and simple chords, while the intermediate session taught up to 100 new chords to delighted players. Watch this space for details of more ukulele fun with Buxton Festival.



In 2013 our Outreach projects included:

Tutti – a celebration of young musicians
This October 140 young musicians came together to play in the Festival’s Tutti concert. Co-ordinated in partnership with the Derbyshire Music Education Hub, the concert brought together children and young people from both Peak District Music Centres and Dark Peak Music Trust. The concert was a sell-out at St John’s Church in Buxton. To read Peter Low’s review of the show, click here

Stanley’s Stick – musicial storytelling for 3-5 year olds and their families 
Buxton Festival commisioned a 45 minute musicial storytelling session from the musicians of the Northern Chamber Orchestra. Over 200 children and their parents have now taken part in the fun interactive session. Sure Start 2

Introduction to Opera  
Children from three Buxton primary schools took part in a 2-day interactive workshop to introduce opera. Musicians from the Northern Chamber Orchestra used the story of Festival opera – The Princesse Jaune – to teach about the music, staging and performance aspects of opera. At the end of the two day workshop each school created their own version of the opera. Listen to Fairfield Primary School’s version of the opera here:

Fairfield Primary School’s Opera 

Here are some comments from one of the schools:

Primary School Comments

Secondary School Choir Singing Masterclass  
Vocal coach Tim Lole lead a series of singing master-classes for secondary school choirs across Derbyshire. At each session the choir learnt the marching chorus from Carmen, assisted by two professional opera singers. The session culminated in the performing their own scene from the opera.

New Mills Singing Masterclass 3

Sound Spiral
200 children and teenagers from Buxton and Glossop visited a unique sound sculpture at the Devonshire Dome.  While in the Spiral they worked with composer Duncan Chapman to create new electronic compositions to be played through the spiral.


Buxton Poetry Competition
We were delighted to welcome over 600 entries to the Buxton Poetry Competition in 2013. Entries came from across the country and the world. As part of the compeititon we hosted free poetry workshop in Buxton’s two secondary schools. Here are our 2013 winners, with competition Patron Lady Jasmine Cavendish at the awards ceremony at the Devonshire Dome in Buxton.

2013 Poetry Comp Winners - resized

Live Muisc Now Concert  
200 children with special needs attended our annual Live Music Now concert at the Octagon in Buxton in June. The event was a great success and the weather was even nice enough for the kids to enjoy a picnic in the park after the concert.

Wandering Minstrels
The Festival’s Young Artists performed a seies of concerts in day-care and residential centres for the elderly in Buxton. We look forward to reviving the Wanding Minstrels in December for a special Christmas concert for this special audience.

Festival for a Fiver 
One of our ways of welcoming younger people to the Festival is the Festival for a Fiver scheme in which anyone under the age of 30 can enjoy Festival events for just £5.

Family Activities
This summer’s Festival included a range of events for children and families. From storytelling in a magical yurt, to a mini-performance inside a whale, there was something for everyone. In total over 6,000 people took part in free events at Buxton Festival in 2013.

Storytelling Yurt


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