The Classic Buskers (formerly The Cambridge Buskers) have a knack of communicating their passion for classical music in two of the best ways possible – virtuosity and laughter. The audience comes away from a Buskers’ concert on a high, having been both entertained and educated. That’s The Classic Buskers‘ secret – an ability to communicate their love of music, which is after all what performance is all about.
Michael Copley plays more than 40 woodwind instruments at incredible speeds, ranging from recorders, flutes, panpipes, crumhorns and ocarinas to a Pico Pipe and a rubber trout, accompanied by Ian Moore on a small but perfectly-formed accordion, either pink or yellow. Their virtuosity on these instruments is staggering. It’s a great show for those who know a little about classical music (listen out for an endless stream of musical jokes) or indeed for anybody who simply appreciates wit and wants to be entertained. Michael’s command of an astonishing number of foreign languages enables him to present the show in the language of whichever country in which the Buskers are performing, an unusual and crucial part of the evening, which helps the audience appreciate the performance even more.
Their repertoire ranges from Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto (with a tiny ocarina taking up the challenge of the solo part) to Beethoven’s 9th (the Choral) and Bizet’s Carmen. Mozart’s Queen of the Night and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries enable Ian to display his unusual vocal talents…
The Classic Buskers have performed in over 20 countries and in 15 languages, from London to Lyon, Paris to Potsdam, Toronto to Tokyo and Vienna to Valencia, and in venues ranging from Seoul’s National Arts Centre to Salzburg’s Mozarteum, London’s Royal Albert Hall to Ljubljana’s Cankarejev Dom and Milan’s Teatro Manzoni to Malaysia’s Petronas Towers.