A feast of music for classical enthusiasts

Robert Secret, musical director of Aylesbury Vale's Music in Quiet Places concerts
Robert Secret, musical director of Aylesbury Vale's Music in Quiet Places concerts

The annual Buckingham Summer Festival will once again see top classical musicians from around the world perform 17 professional daytime and evening concerts in one week.

Most of the concerts take place in the Radcliffe Centre on Church Street, but the opening concert with Buckingham Choral Society performing a selection of music that includes Gilbert and Sullivan, Saint-Saens and John Rutter, takes place in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul at 8pm on Saturday July 2. And this year there is a picnic opportunity when the Orchestra of Stowe Opera perform Mozart’s one act comic opera Bastien und Bastienne at the Ugland Auditorium at 8pm on Wednesday July 6, and patrons are invited to eat in the grounds prior to the concert.

Robert Secret, who co founded the festival with the late Professor Alan Brook of Buckingham University, is performing in several of the concerts including the Festival Ensemble at the Radcliffe Centre at 8pm on Monday July 4 and in Delightful Variety! also at the Centre at 1pm on Tuesday July 5.

He will also conduct the final Gala Concert at St Peter and St Paul at 8pm on Saturday July 9 with a programme including Handel, Elgar and Sibelius.

He said: “It is a great privilege for me to have been artistic director of the Summer Festival since it started, and it has been wonderful to meet and work with so many wonderful musicians and make so many friends out of people who come to our concerts.”

Although the festival is classical in content there is usually one concert during the week that doesn’t quite fit that description.

This year Casa Margarita present House of Love - A Spanish Romance at the Radcliffe Centre at 8pm on Friday July 8. Spanish music will be brought to life with a riveting fusion of stories, song, solo and ensemble pieces.

Details of all the concerts, with dates, times and ticket prices, can be found in the Buckingham Summer Festival booklet available throughout the town.

Details are also available online at www.buckinghamsummerfestival.org

Tickets can be bought online and through the Tourist Information Centre at the Old Gaol for cash or cheque sales.

A season ticket for all 17 concerts from Saturday July 2 through to Saturday July 9 costs £80.