Autobiographical musical at Buxton Fringe

Published: 11 July 2023
Reporter: Steve Orme

Mark Glentworth in Seven and a Half Years Credit: Tim Stubbs Hughes

Composer of "Blues for Gilbert", the “most performed, recorded and studied solo tuned percussion piece of all time”, Mark Glentworth is to perform his autobiographical musical Seven and a Half Years at Buxton Fringe.

At the age of 16, Glentworth was one of the youngest students to study percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating, he worked in London as a freelance percussionist in all styles of music with artists including Steven Berkoff, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.

Seven and a Half Years reveals the “extraordinary, true story of Mark’s life” which is “touching, humorous and uplifting”. It will be directed by Julia Stubbs and will be staged in the Rotunda Theatre’s Bubble in the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton from Monday 17 until Wednesday 19 July at 7:30PM.

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