For 100 years since the end of the First World War, the hills of the High Peak have echoed with the sound of men singing in harmony.
On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, internationally renowned soprano Lesley Garrett joins Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir for an evening of music making to celebrate the choir’s centenary.
Lesley Garrett - whose long established reputation in opera, classical and popular song makes her a firm favourite with Buxton audiences - has a strong connection with the Opera House and the Buxton Festival. She will be singing a selection of well-known and popular songs from across the years and will join the choir as they celebrate this great achievement
Host - Ian McMillan
The evening will be hosted by Ian McMillan 'the Bard of Barnsley' whose unmistakable voice is frequently heard on the radio as the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and whose poetry - often moving, wry and witty observations on life - is widely admired. Ian is also Poet-in-Residence for Barnsley FC, The Academy of Urbanism and, until recently, English National Opera. He’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Coast, Countryfile, Pointless Celebrities, Pick of the Week, Last Word and many more. He’s featured on The South Bank Show and has been cast away on Desert Island Discs. His rip-roaring poetry shows are legendary. Cats make him sneeze.
Ian will be joined by Luke Carver-Goss, a highly talented musician and composer, and Ian’s musical partner. Chapel Male Voice Choir has commissioned Luke and Ian to compose a song celebrating their centenary, with particular reference to the founder members and their experiences in World War I.
Photo: © Graeme Oxby