Father and son’s premiere at Buxton Festival

Daniel Wallington, Mark Wallington and actor Joe in The Conductor.
Daniel Wallington, Mark Wallington and actor Joe in The Conductor.

A collaboration between a Hope Valley father and son will be premiered during the Buxton Festival.

“The Conductor” is a dramatisation by writer Mark Wallington, of how a concert by Dimitri Shostakovich silenced the guns of the approaching German Army during the siege of Leningrad.

Mark, who has previously written plays for radio and television, has teamed up with his musician son Daniel and two young actor friends to recreate the story of the relationship between the composer Shostakovich and the conductor Karl Eliasberg.

“Danny came across the story in a book by Sarah Quigley,” said Mark. “He’s just finishing his music degree at Trinity College in London and it seemed a perfect opportunity to combine my playwriting with his musicianship. One of the actors, Sam Skelton, also attended Hope Valley College with Danny.”

“The Conductor” is on at Edale Village Hall on July 16, at 8pm, then United Reformed Church, Buxton on July 20, 22, 23, 24 at 7.30pm. Tickets £9 or £8 (concessions). To book, call 01298 72190, visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or email: wallingtonmark@gmail.com