A festival of excellent musicians and music

Dima Tkachenko
Dima Tkachenko

Buckingham Summer Festival, with a week of high quality concerts to appeal to a range of musical tastes, starts in two weeks time, from Saturday July 4 to Saturday 11.

The festival programme includes morning piano recitals and ends with a spectacular Gala Concert with full symphony orchestra. And the music covered includes Schubert, Brahms and Bach.

Musicians performing during the week will include Ukrainian born violinist Dima Tkachenko performing The Four Seasons by Vivaldi; English pianist Craig Greene playing Tchaikovsky; the Maurizi Ensemble playing Sunny Brahms for a Summer Evening; and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera playing at the Gala Concert. The concerts all take place at the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in Buckingahm, the Radcliffe Centre of the University of Buckingham, and the Ugland Auditorium at Stowe.

The festival week begins on the evening of Saturday July 4 with a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeoman of the Guard by Buckingham Choral Society at the parish church. Speaker John Bercow MP will be the guest narrator.

Monday (July 6) starts with a morning performance from pianist Haruko Seki at The Radcliffe Centre; followed by a lunchtime performance at the same location by cello duo Jacqueline Phillips and Julian Metzger; and ends with an evening concert at the same place by mezzo soprano Sophia Grech, trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins and pianist Leslie Pearson.

Throughout the rest of the week the concerts include performances from viola duo Peter Mallinson and Matthias Wiesner, Ukrainian born pianist Ivan Hovorun, composer and painist Nathan Williamson, and counter tenor Tristram Cooke with painist Richard Hall.

Dima Tkachenko will perform at the parish church on Wednesday evening (July 8)with members of the Orchestra of Stowe Opera in a concert entitled Evergreen Vivaldi! Tickets for this concert are £13, with under 18s £5.

The final Gala Concert on the evening of Saturday July 11 is also at the church with the Orchestra of Stowe Opera, pianist Craig Greene and conductor Robert Secret playing Romantic Symphonic Music.

Full festival details can be viewed at www.buckinghamsummerfestival.org Tickets can be purchased online and from the Tourist Information Centre in The Old Gaol, 01280 823020.