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St John’s Church

Buxton Musical Society preents an Anniversary Concert

The Kingdom

2 Apr 2017

St John's Church

St John's Church


The Kingdom

By Edward Elgar

Michael Williams, conductor
Raymond Sidebottom, leader

Claire Seaton, soprano
Louise Innes, mezzo-soprano
Adrian Thompson, tenor
Marcus Farnsworth, bass

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Michael Williams’ first performance as conductor of Buxton Musical Society, the Society presents a gala performance of one of his favourite works. In what turned out to be the last of his ‘great’ oratorios, The Kingdom was meant to be the middle part of a triptych depicting the work of the Apostles in the early Christian Church. In the event, the third part was never written and this work stands as perhaps the epitome of Elgar’s oratorio compositions.


About Michael Williams

In 1966, having returned from Oxford to his home town to start practising law, Michael Williams was appointed assistant conductor of the Buxton Musical Society. The following April, David Anson, teh society's musical director, decided to play the Grieg piano concerto and so Michael was asked to conduct it. Since then Michael has conducted over 200 concerts and many more individual pieces including two previous performances of Elgar's The Kingdom.

Dates and Prices

Dates: Sunday 2 April 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 (Children/Full Time Students: FREE)

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