8 March 2015
Reviewed by Claire Woodroffe
The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra was formed in 1998 from a group of Midland and Northern based musicians, they have played all over the UK in mayor Theatres and Concert Halls.
The settings for last night’s performance was breathtaking, Buxton Opera House is one of the finest in the UK. The Opera House was built in 1903 and having a love of historical building I find the ornate beauty of this building fascinating. The Opera House is in the centre of Buxton, a spa town, in Derbyshire. Knowing the area and that parking can be a problem in the day I expected to have to park in a car park about 5 minutes away, however I was pleased to see several empty spaces right outside the Opera House.
The performance began with Holst’s St Paul’s Suite followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23 and the finale Schubert’s Symphony No 5. The conductor was Anthony Kraus, Leader Jeff Moore and Piano Soloist Ian Buckle. The conductor Anthony Kraus was fantastic, he explained a little about each composer and the piece of music, which for me, a classical music novice, was excellent and very much appreciated.
The standard of entertainment was outstanding, such great talent. The pianist Ian Buckle was especially superb. I was enthralled from the first to the last note.
I shall certainly be looking out for the next time the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra are in Buxton.
Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN | 0845 127 2190