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Tickets for all of our concerts (with the exception of The Buckingham Choral Society's) can be bought online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" buttons below.

They can also be purchased via cash or cheque from the Buckingham Tourist Information Centre in the Old Gaol, and can be ordered by post from the Festival Office (please see the address at the foot of this page).
Please make cheques payable to “Buckingham Summer Festival”.

Unsold tickets will also be available on the door.

Ticket Prices:
Morning piano recitals and lunchtime concerts cost £5 (under 18s free)
The Gala and evening concerts all cost £15 (under 18s £5)

In addition, Season tickets giving entry to all 17 concerts in this year's Festival (including the Buckingham Choral Society's concert on Saturday July 2nd) are available at the generously discounted price of £80
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Saturday July 1st

Buckingham Choral Society

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Gondoliers

Buckingham Choral Society
Orchestra of Stowe Opera
Conducted by Julian Mann
Narrated by The Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul 8pm

To find out more information and to buy tickets for this concert please visit the Buckingham Choral Society's website.


Monday July 3th

Mami Shikimori

Mami Shikimori
Piano Recital




Radcliffe Centre 11am
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Youthful Tchaikovsky and Chopin favourites!

Mami Shikimori – piano

Chopin Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.45
Prelude No.15 in D flat, Op.28 ‘Raindrop’
Prelude No.17 in A flat, Op.28
Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Hapsal, Op.2
Valse-caprice in D, Op.4

Mami has recently made her debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto in Japan and with the English Chamber Orchestra in the Cadogan Hall, London, performing Mozart Concerto K488. Her new solo album ‘Tchaikovsky Piano Music’ has just been released by Naxos in March 2017.

Concert sponsored by Peter & Cherry Baker and John & Pat Walton

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Viola Trio

Viola Trio
Peter Mallinson – Viola
Matthias Wiesner – Viola
Evgenia Startseva – Piano


Radcliffe Centre 1pm
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The Viola Duo return Trio

Peter Mallinson – viola
Matthias Wiesner – viola
Evgenia Startseva – piano

JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat major
Dowland Elizabethan Melody (arr. Lionel Tertis)
J-M Leclair Sonata No.4 in D major
Schubert Allegretto (arr. Lionel Tertis)
F Benda Sonata in D major (arr. Vadim Borisovsky)

Peter and Matthias are both members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and are experienced soloists and chamber music players. As well as regular UK appearances, Evgenia Startseva’s busy concert schedule has taken her across the globe to the former USSR, Europe, South Africa and the United States. She has also featured in numerous broadcasts for radio and television in Germany, England, Kazakhstan and Ireland.

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Crispian Steele Perkins, Sophie Grech, Leslie Pearson

Musical Stars Shine Bright
Crispian Steele Perkins – trumpet
John Holt – trumpet
Sophia Grech – mezzo soprano
Leslie Pearson – piano

Radcliffe Centre 8pm
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Musical Stars Shine Bright!

Crispian Steele Perkins – trumpet
John Holt – trumpet
Sophia Grech – mezzo soprano
Leslie Pearson – piano

G.F. Handel Trumpet Suite in C
Let The Bright Seraphim (Samson)
George Gershwin Someone To Watch Over Me
Vincent Persichetti Parable XIV for Solo Trumpet
Antonio Vivaldi Domine Deus (Gloria)
Laudamus Te
Joseph Horovitz Concertino Classico
Godfrey Finger Sonata a Due
Barbara Harbach Emily: Song Cycle for trumpet, voice and piano
Gilbert & Sullivan Ruler of the King’s Navy
Tit Willow
Poor Wandering One
Rodgers & Hammerstein Sound of Music Medley (arr. by Leslie Pearson)

Internationally acclaimed baroque trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins was described by Virtuoso magazine as ‘the world’s leading exponent of the Baroque trumpet’, particularly when heard in duet with some of the world’s greatest singers such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Emma Kirkby and Bryn Terfel.
John Holt has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. He has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous works since 2003. ‘Facets 4’ released by the International Trumpet Guild in 2016 is Holt’s eighth solo CD recording.
Sophia Grech has sung principal roles with various opera companies and is described by the Royal Opera as ‘a leading vocalist of her generation’.
Leslie Pearson is one of Britain’s most versatile and distinguished keyboard players. He has made guest appearances with all the London Orchestras, Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and The Boston Symphony Orchestras.

Concert sponsored in memory of Brenda Cockerill

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Tuesday July 4th

Craig Greene

Craig Greene
Piano Recital

Radcliffe Centre 11am
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Piano Recital

Craig Greene

Dvorák Poetic Tone Pictures, Op.85 (Poetické nálady)

Described as a ‘great English young talent’ Craig Greene is a versatile and exciting pianist who is in much demand as a concert soloist. He has performed with leading orchestras and conductors including the Russian National Orchestra (Tchaikovsky 1st Concerto). Future engagements include a complete cycle of the Mozart Piano Sonatas and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in China.

Concert sponsored by Peter and Léonie Thorogood

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Gianni Bruno

Gianni Bruno – trumpet
Craig Greene – piano


Radcliffe Centre 1pm
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Gianni's Trumpet Will Sound!

Gianni Bruno – trumpet
Craig Greene – piano

Pakhmutova Trumpet Concerto
Enescu Légende
Neruda Concerto in E flat
Gershwin 3 Preludes (arr. Kearns)
Trad Tis the Last Rose of Summer (arr. Marsalis)

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Orchestra

Mendelssohn’s Masterpiece
Festival Chamber Ensemble

Radcliffe Centre 8pm
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The Festival Chamber Ensemble

Charles Sewart – violin
Gillian Secret – violin
Rosalind Page – violin
Robert Secret – viola
Gary Doidge – viola
Julian Metzger – cello
Jacqueline Phillips – cello
Marco Fatichenti – piano

Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major, Op.20
Mozart Grand Quintetto after ‘Gran Partita’ K361 (arr. C.F.G. Schwencke)

C.F.G.Schwencke (1767-1822) was a well-respected figure in his day, a younger contemporary of Mozart and successor to C.P.E. Bach in Hamburg. Dating from around 1805, this arrangement is an imaginative realisation of this great work. ‘This is by no means the only alternative arrangement of the Serenade for smaller forces but it is surely the most cohesive and convincing’. David J Golby
Mendelssohn’s early masterpiece, his Octet, was one of the reasons Schumann talked of him as the ‘Mozart of the 19th Century’.
The Festival Chamber Ensemble is delighted to welcome Charles Sewart. With tours to over forty countries as a member of the Chilingirian Quartet and other ensembles, Charles has enjoyed a busy schedule of performing, recording and teaching at some of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals.

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Wednesday 5th July

Nathan Williamson

Natham Williamson
Piano Recital






Radcliffe Centre 11am
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Piano Recital

Natham Williamson

Beethoven Sonata in C minor Op.10, No.1
Copland Sonata
Ives The ‘Three Page’ Sonata

Nathan Williamson’s approach is visionary and romantic. But in this he is never crude, mannered or artificial. Rather one senses he has looked deep inside these works and explored their complex interior with thoughtful contemplation as well as love and empathy’ – Donald Sturrock

Concert sponsored by John & Sue Wrigley

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Jenny Broome

Celtic Dreams
Jenny Broome – harp
Robert Secret – viola





Radcliffe Centre 1pm
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Celtic Dreams

Jenny Broome – harp
Robert Secret – viola

Carlos Salzedo Poetical Study No.2 (Mirage)
André Caplett Divertissement à l’Espagnole
Germaine Tailleferre Sonata alla Scarlatti
Jean Cras Deux Impromptus
Arnold Bax Fantasy Sonata for Harp and Viola

Jenny Broome has a busy freelance career as a harpist. Highlights have come from surprising directions: working for the Royal Shakespeare Company for Richard Jones’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with music by Jonathan Dove, and much later giving the first public performance at very short notice of Dove’s opera Seven Angels for two voices and harp.

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Haruko Seki

The Allan Marlow Memorial Concert
The Orchestra of Stowe Opera
Haruko Seki – piano
Jenny Broome – harp
Charles Sewart – leader
Robert Secret – conductor

The Radcliffe Centre 8pm
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The Allan Marlow Memorial Concert

The Orchestra of Stowe Opera
Haruko Seki – piano
Jenny Broome – harp
Charles Sewart – leader
Robert Secret – conductor

Handel The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
William Boyce Symphony No.4 in F major
Haydn Piano Concerto in D major, Hob XVIII:11
Handel Harp Concerto in B flat
Mozart Divertimento No.11 in D Major K. 251

Allan Marlow was a great supporter of The Summer Festival. His favourite performer was Haruko Seki and for many years he sponsored her piano recitals. We are delighted that Haruko will play Haydn’s great Piano Concerto in D major in his memorial concert.
Haruko Seki, described by Musical Opinion as ‘a pianist with an innate ability to communicate with her audience’ has performed at many major UK venues including St John’s Smith Square, The South Bank, Wigmore and Fairfield Halls. Internationally she has performed in Europe, America and the Far East – her appeal is truly global!

Concert sponsored by OakPark Alarms

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Thursday 6th July

Maki Sekiya

Maki Sekiya
Piano Recital


Radcliffe Centre 11am
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Piano Recital

Maki Sekiya

Schubert Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat major D.960
Stravinsky Petrouchka

Japanese virtuoso pianist Maki Sekiya has had a successful international career based in Russia and in Japan, after graduating from the Moscow Conservatoire. She recently returned to live in the United Kingdom, where she had studied during her teenage years at the Purcell School. Since then she has made sensational appearances around UK and received some outstanding reviews for her playing.

Concert sponsored by Robert and Carolyn Cumming

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Manus Noble

Wizard of the Guitar
Manus Noble


Radcliffe Centre 1pm
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Wizard of the Guitar

Manus Noble

William Lovelady Edie Suite
Yuquijiro Yocoh Sakura Theme and Variations
Gary Ryan Hot Club Français
Agustin Barrios Un Sueno en La Floresta
Niel Gow Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife
Manus Noble Inishowen
Gary Ryan Benga Beat

Manus Noble is one of the most exciting and innovative of today’s generation of young guitarists. Demonstrating a certain passion and flair for contemporary music and techniques, his hugely varied and eclectic concerts are in high demand. Since his concert in Buckingham earlier this year, there have been many requests for him to return.

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Julian Metzger

French Sonatas
Julian Metzger – cello
Marco Fatichenti – piano

Radcliffe Centre 8pm
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French Sonatas

Julian Metzger – cello
Marco Fatichenti – piano

Saint-Saëns Sonata No.1 in C minor Op.32
Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano
César Franck Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major

The duo of Julian and Marco is well known to Festival audiences and the warmth and dedication of these two marvellous players is not to be missed!

At the beginning of the 1870s; Saint-Saëns showed a particular fondness for the violoncello. He completed his first cello sonata in December 1872, immediately after finishing his first cello concerto. The sonata is strongly reminiscent of Beethoven, not only due to the key of C minor but also predominantly on account of its gripping dramatic art.

Debussy completed his Sonata for Cello and Piano in 1915, the first in a projected set of six chamber works. He finished only three of the intended six, completing the Sonata for Viola, Flute, and Harp the same year and the Sonata for Violin and Piano in 1917. At one time Debussy thought to name the cello sonata ‘Pierrot faché avec la lune,’ (‘Pierrot argues with the moon’), referring to the moonstruck commedia dell'arte character.

The Violin Sonata in A was written in 1886, when César Franck was 63, as a wedding present for the 31-year-old violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. The setting for cello and piano was the only alternative version sanctioned by Franck. This was created by the renowned cellist Jules Delsart. It has often been speculated that the work was first conceived as a sonata for cello and piano, and only later reset for violin and piano, when the commission from Eugène Ysaÿe arrived.

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Friday 7th July

Ivan Hovorun

Ivan Hovorun
Piano Recital




Radcliffe Centre 11am
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Two Magnificent Sonatas

Ivan Hovorun – piano

Liszt-Busoni Fantasy on Themes from Mozart's Figaro and Don Giovanni
Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor Op.36

Ukrainian-born pianist Ivan Hovorun began his piano studies at the age of five with his mother, Lubov Hovorun. He received his early education at Krushelnytska Special Music School and Lysenko Music Academy in Lvov. Ivan gave his first solo recital when he was nine years old and at the age of eleven he performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 with Lvov Symphony Orchestra.

Please note the change of advertised programme

Concert sponsored by Walter & Alison Hunt

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Tristram Cooke

Schumann's Great Song Cycle
Tristram Cooke – counter-tenor
Graham Thorpe – piano



Radcliffe Centre 1pm
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Schuman's Great Song Cycle

Tristram Cooke – counter-tenor
Graham Thorpe – piano

Schumann Liederkreis Op.39
Various English songs

Liederkreis, Opus 39, is regarded as one of the great song cycles of the 19th century. Schumann wrote it starting in May 1840, the year in which he wrote such a large number of lieder that it is known as his ‘year of song’ or Liederjahr. Its poetry is taken from Joseph Eichendorff’s collection entitled Intermezzo.

The Festival is delighted to welcome back the outstandingly talented young counter-tenor, Tristram Cooke to perform this work. His recent solo performances include Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Handel’s Athalia at St John’s Smith Square, as well as Bach’s St John Passion and Mass in B minor for The Oxford Harmonic Choir under the baton of Robert Secret.

Concert sponsored by the Catherine Higgins Memorial Fund

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Violin

Lizzie MacCarthy & Friends
Lizzie MacCarthy – violin
Persephone Gibbs – violin
Emily Robinson – cello
Pawel Siwczak – harpsichord

Radcliffe Centre 8pm
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Lizzie McCarthy & Friends

Baroque style!

Lizzie MacCarthy – violin
Persephone Gibbs – violin
Emily Robinson – cello
Pawel Siwczak – harpsichord

Lizzie MacCarthy comes from Buckingham and went on to study at The Royal Academy of Music. Since graduating there in 1999, she has since gone on to enjoy a varied and prolific career as an outstanding violinist, performing regularly with The English Concert, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Classical Opera and many more distinguished early music ensembles.

We are delighted that she is bringing this distinguished group of musicians to Buckingham to give a fabulously varied programme in period style.

Jean-Marie Leclair Sonata in A major for two violins without bass, Op.3 No.2
Antonio Vivaldi Trio Sonata in D minor Op.1 No.8
Girolamo Frescobaldi Partite 11 sopra l'Aria di Monica from Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Libro 1
Arcangelo Corelli Trio Sonata in F major for two violins and basso continuo, Op.3 No.1
Henry Purcell Trio Sonata No.9 from Ten sonatas in four parts, "The Golden"
Antonio Vivaldi Sonata in A minor for cello and basso continuo, RV 44
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber Partia V in G minor from Harmonia Artificiosa-Ariosa

Concert sponsored by Lesley MacCarthy

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Gala Concert – Saturday July 8th

The Orchestra of Stowe Opera

The Orchestra of Stowe Opera
Robert Secret – conductor
Francesca Smith – leader
Christopher Redgate – oboe
Helen Massey – soprano

Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto
Gustav Mahler Symphony No.4 in G major

Buckingham Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul 8pm
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Gala Concert

The Orchestra of Stowe Opera
Robert Secret – conductor
Francesca Smith – leader
Christopher Redgate – oboe
Helen Massey – soprano

Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto
Gustav Mahler Symphony No.4 in G major

Romanticism …
From the autumnal glow of Richard Strauss to a child’s vision of Heaven

Mahler doesn’t have to mean massive, and he never wrote anything happier than his Fourth Symphony. Jangling sleigh-bells, Mozart-like melodies, and a child’s vision of Heaven…

The Concerto in D major for Oboe and Orchestra was written by Richard Strauss in 1945. It was one of the last works he composed near the end of his life, during what is often described by biographers, journalists and music critics as his ‘Indian summer.’ The warm romanticism of the music has much in common with his Four Last Songs composed in 1948.

Christopher Redgate’s performing career has taken him all over the world as a soloist, or in ensembles; he has performed in most European countries, Scandinavia, Australia, America, Canada, Mexico and China. He has worked with many ensembles including Ensemble Exposé, Suoraan, Trio Krosta, Kreutzer Quartet, Arditti Quartet, Firebird Ensemble, Music Projects/London, Lontano, Ensemble Modern, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Ixion, Apartment House, Topologies, London Sinfonietta and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio Three and has recorded several solo CDs.

“Robert Secret’s Orchestra plays sensationally” Robert Thicknesse, The Times

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