Bullets singer with chamber orchestra

Pete Edwards of the Red Bullets
Pete Edwards of the Red Bullets

Two forthcoming concerts feature an unusual combination of classical and modern music.

Buckingham-based composer and cellist Keith Templeman is presenting the Buckingham Chamber Orchestra and Peter Edwards in a pair of concerts in April.

The concerts feature his Buckingham Chamber Orchestra and Peter Edwards of popular Buckingham-based band The Red Bullets.

Mr Temple is already well known to the Red Bullets’ faithful followers for his string arrangements on Red Bullets songs such as Walking Solo, Shrink Wrap and Time Of Your Life.

These concerts are an opportunity to hear the songs together with the full force of the chamber orchestra.

The concerts will be in two halves, with the first half featuring the orchestra playing Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Mr Templeman’s own composition, Concerto For Strings.

After the interval, the orchestra will return to accompany Mr Edwards through a number of his songs, some of which feature on the Red Bullets’ debut album, Drama In The Drawing Room.

The audience will also be treated to a couple of Elton John numbers for good measure.

All of the arrangements for the second half of the concert are by Mr Templeman.

The first concert takes place at Sutcliffe Baptist Church, in Olney, on Saturday, April 13.

The second is at Buckingham’s Radcliffe Centre on Saturday, April 20.

Both concerts start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 on the door but people are advised to book in advance at the Red Bullets’ website www.theredbullets.com or call Mr Templeman on 07989 481251.

The Red Bullets, which have a strong following in the Buckingham area, were formed in 2007 by Mr Edwards with his brother Mark as an outlet for his songs.

Many of them were co-written with lyricist and close friend John Bailey.

The brothers were joined during the early years by Mark Wheeler on bass and Kyle Hall on guitar.

Both left the band in May 2010, marking the start of a change of approach and personnel for the band.

Lyricist and now bass player John Bailey joined, at first, on a temporary basis, and the band were introduced to former Twang guitarist Stuart Hartland by producer Gavin Monaghan.

A more recent addition has been Northampton singer-songwriter Ben Weston.

The Red Bullets often perform as a three-piece, in addition to their four and five-piece performances and Mr Edwards’ solo performances.

The Buckingham Chamber Orchestra has developed a reputation for high-quality performances of classical, baroque and early romantic music—with occasional ventures into the 20th or 21st century.