5 Questions - Barockestra

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This article is from 2010.

5 Questions - Barockestra

It started off as an idea for an album, now 14 years later rocker Steve Grant and Emmerdale’s Deena Payne have formed a troupe of rock musicians, opera singers and classical dancers to bring Barockestra to life – think Mozart playing an electric guitar … in leather trousers.

5 ways to describe Barockestra?
Top class entertainment; classical meets rock; a musical and visual extravaganza; an eclectic mix of raunchy rock; guitar playing at its very best.

4 good things about playing at the Festival?
The atmosphere. It’s the best launch pad we could have hoped for. We get the opportunity to play to a lot of people over four weeks and we get to perform in beautiful venues like the Freemasons Hall.

3 reasons to go see Barockestra?
It’ll take you on a spellbinding journey through the classics. It’s uplifting and enlightening and you can’t help but enjoy it.

2 big challenges to putting the show together?
Trying to finance the show, as well as trying to manage 14 performers and crew members’ schedules for a month.

1 word that describes who you feel when you perform Barockestra?

New Town Theatre, 220 0143, until 29 Aug, 10.10pm, £11–£12 (£9–£10).

This article is from 2010.

Barockestra: Rocking the Classics

  • 3 stars

Barockestra gives you dynamic rock interpretations of familiar classical hits from the past masters - Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and friends. A show-stopping live act combining five great rock musicians, a great, robust, male virtuoso and a stunning female opera soprano, complete with four beautiful ballet dancers.


1. Lessy18 Aug 2010, 12:51am Report

Absolutely brilliant performance from Barockestra and the highlight of this year's Festival. A great blend of fantastic music, very quirky and unusual. I've never heard classics played like this before and I loved it. The musicians are all very talented, the dancers fab and the singers outstanding. What an eclectic mix and this band shouldn't be missed.

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