Things haven’t changed much since the age which gave us nostalgia

Britain’s love affair with nostalgia may be a century old, but things aren’t that much different 100 years on, historian and national newspaper columnist Simon Heffer will demonstrate at Buxton International Festival’s Book Weekend. “One thing the Edwardians largely invented was nostalgia,” said Simon, whose new book The Age of Decadence: Britain 1880 to 1914… Read more »

Buxton set to become one of UK’s great centres of culture

Buxton International Festival’s army of volunteer supporters is helping to turn the town into one of Britain’s great cultural centres, its Chairman Felicity Goodey said this week. Thanking volunteers and members of the Festival Friends group for the total of 963 hours of work they put into this year’s 120 events featuring opera, music and… Read more »

Opera star to raise £1.5 million for debt she cannot repay

Britain’s favourite opera star Lesley Garrett is helping to raise £1.5 million for Buxton International Festival  – which gave her a break early in her career. “I owe this Festival a debt I simply cannot repay,” said Lesley, who was given two big roles there as a young singer. The Festival, which is unique as… Read more »

The Duke of Devonshire and soprano Lesley Garrett launch the Buxton International Festival 40th Anniversary Appeal to secure the Festival’s future and underpin the cultural and economic regeneration of Buxton

The Duke of Devonshire, President of Buxton International Festival and Lesley Garrett have launched an appeal to safeguard the Festival’s financial future by raising £1.5 million over the next three years. Over the past four decades, Buxton International Festival has grown from a relatively small operation to celebrate the restoration of the exquisite Frank Matcham… Read more »

European recognition for Buxton International Festival’s work in the community

Buxton International Festival’s success in inspiring young people in the community has won recognition from a jury of influential European arts experts. The Festival has been selected to receive the Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) Label, making it part of a community of Europe-wide organisations noted for their artistic quality and significant impact… Read more »