Northern Chamber Orchestra

Northern Chamber Orchestra make welcome return to Buxton

Share With Friends

Following their successful residency at this year’s Buxton International Festival, the Northern Chamber Orchestra return to Buxton in their 2018-19 season with two matinee concerts featuring hugely successful international soloists.

Northern Chamber Orchestra

Outside St. John’s Church in Buxton at a previous concert.

Freddy Kempf

Their first Buxton concert sees a programme full of turbulent energy and colossal music in the company of one of the greatest pianists of his generation, Freddy Kempf. A previous BBC Young Musician of the Year winner (1992) Kempf captured the public’s imagination when, aged 8, he performed in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Northern Chamber Orchestra

The evening begins with the Hebrides overture, written by Mendelssohn after a memorable trip to Fingal’s Cave. This overture sets a suitably dramatic scene before Beethoven’s great C minor piano concerto written at a time when the composer was coming to terms with impending deafness. The concerto demonstrates that he was not going to accept his situation meekly, and in the last movement he seems to be confronting his condition with an almost irascible humour.

Beethoven’s deafness was even more apparent to him when he penned his 3rd symphony, a truly ground-breaking work that despite his great emotional struggles ends in almost joyful triumph.

This concert takes place on Sunday 30th September 2018 at 4pm.

To book tickets to this event go to

Chloë Hanslip

In Spring 2019, the NCO’s Artist in Association Chloë Hanslip directs the orchestra in a concert of stunning string music. The prodigiously talented violinist established herself on the international stage at an early age and made her first appearance at the BBC Proms in 2002, aged just 15.

The concert includes Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor and Arvo Pärt’s atmospheric Fratres, for which Hanslip performs as soloist.

Northern Chamber Orchestra

This concert takes place on Sunday 12th May 2019 at 4pm.

To book tickets to this event go to

Tickets are free for students and under 18s and standard tickets are priced from £12, for both events.

The concerts take place at St John’s Church in Buxton – where the orchestra have previously performed many times over the years to sell-out audiences.

Since being founded in 1967, the Northern Chamber Orchestra have become a leading orchestra in the country featuring around twenty distinguished chamber musicians who regularly perform as soloists. Collaborating with high profile organisations and individuals, such as the BBC, Buxton Festival as their resident orchestra, Orchestras Live, MMU Faculty of Education, Chetham’s School of Music and leading music hubs, it has over thirty, critically-acclaimed recordings to its name and is known in every continent.

For more information about Northern Chamber Orchestra go to