In this section I will point out progress made by some of the people and groups we see on a regular basis appearing at Buxton.
Rachel was first seen at Buxton in the amateur productions but has now become a professional and appeared with the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company again at the 2005 festival.
In June 2005 she appeared in the Opera Holland Park productions of Macbeth
and La Sonnambula
St. Mary's achieve prestigious award
All of you who have attended the Buxton International G&S Festivals will be familiar with the only school ever to be invited to take part - St Mary's R C High School. Every time they appear we expect, and are rewarded with, a superb production which is guaranteed to be different. In 2001 they gave us HMS Pinafore - which was set in a submarine. Click here for more details, in 2002 it was "Yeomen of the Guard "
They have recently been awarded the Arts Mark Silver Award for 2002 - below is a quote from Andrea Atherton - the director
"Jon Cawood Head of Art and Set Designer, Andrea Atherton and Alison Knight, Head of Music and Musical Director, together with Lorraine Corbett, "Elsie Maynard", and Daniel Farrimond, "Colonel Fairfax", having just received the Arts Mark Silver Award for St. Mary's contribution to the Arts in 2002. The awards were presented by Evlynne Glennie at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and recognises St Mary's extra curricular work with students. Buxton obviously has played a part in our work and we have always valued the experience for our students."
Nick Sales touring with Carl Rosa Opera Company
Nick Sales, one of the stalwarts of the Buxton Festivals, appeared as Nanki-Poo, with the Carl Rosa Opera, in their touring production of The Mikado in January 2002
He has now played Marco in The Gondoliers on the Carl Rosa Opera tour
Nick pictured with Bruce Graham as Fairfax and Sgt. Meryll - backstage at Wolverhampton during Carl Rosa's Yeomen of the Guard.
Do get his delightful recording on CD containing all the main tenor songs from the G&S operettas
Nick's web site can be found at www.tenorecord.com where samples can be heard.
Rebecca Knight and Karen England have now become very well known thanks to their "discovery" as the Opera Babes
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