The Classic Buskers (formerly The Cambridge Buskers) have a knack of communicating their passion for classical music in two of the best ways possible – their virtuosity on a range of instruments and a great sense of humour. The audience comes away from a Classic Buskers‘ concert on a high, having been both entertained and educated, and realising that classical music can be fun!
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 Classic Buskers are performing, an unusual and crucial part of the evening which helps the audience appreciate the performance even more.
Their repertoire consists of clever arrangements of works ranging from Baroque classics such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, to opera favourites such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Catalani’s La Wally, Romantic giants in the form of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and folk tunes from Romania.
The Classic Buskers have developed a fantastic repertoire of works to be performed with orchestra, in addition to their usual solo show, which are perfect for children and family audiences. Recent orchestras they’ve worked with include the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, BBC Concert Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, La Verdi Milan and L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.
They have also expanded their repertoire to include arrangements for bands, and have performed with the Malmö Brass Band at the International Festival of Wind Music in Sweden and the Norwegian Royal Air Force Band in concerts in both Sweden and Norway.
The Classic Buskers have performed in over 20 countries and in 15 languages, and their latest show is Mozart’s Magic Flute, where they have teamed up with magician Neil Henry. Designed as a follow up to their original Musical Magic show together, which toured to South Korea, China, Mexico and all over the UK, the new show will also tour widely in 2016 and 2017.