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Guest blog: Stephen Barlow reflects on the 2016 Buxton Festival

‘The first Festival weekend is without doubt a visceral and hugely rewarding explosion, exuding an excitement, summing up as it does much more than the year-long planning trajectory.’ It’s a pleasure to write in the afterglow of the 2016 Buxton Festival, when memory is filled to overflowing not only with the enormous number of events,… Read more »

Buxton Poetry Competition winners announced

A highlight of the Buxton Festival Book Weekend was our poetry competition prize giving. Competition judges Matt Black, Philip Holland and Rob Stephens were joined on stage by winning poets from all three categories of the competition. The event was opened by competition patron Lady Jasmine Cavendish who talked about the hard work that poets… Read more »

Soprano Helen Bailey, the first recipient of the Buxton Festival Young Artists Bursary, talks about her career and her time at Buxton Festival

Have you always known you wanted to be a singer, or did it develop over time? I’ve always loved singing and had many chances to perform at school but didn’t actually decide to train formally until after my undergraduate degree in English Literature and a year of teacher training; I arrived in London, intending to… Read more »

Apsley Cherry-Garrard and the world’s worst journey

Credit: Eyewitness Accounts with Scott in the Antarctic by Herbert Ponting. The Odditorium: the tricksters, eccentrics, deviants and inventors whose obsessions changed the world (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016) includes some amazing characters. Some you’ll have heard of, some you probably won’t. All of them have changed the world, although in some cases the wider world… Read more »

BBC #LovetoRead campaign

Back in May, the BBC launched its #LovetoRead campaign to celebrate reading for pleasure and to ignite a national conversation about books and words. Over the summer, the BBC have partnered with a variety of leading literacy organisations to promote the campaign, encouraging us to share our favourite books and what they mean to us,… Read more »

Arts Award at Burbage Primary

We can’t believe it’s nearly school half term! Since the beginning of October, we’ve been at Burbage Primary School delivering Arts Award Discover level to Year 4 children. Arts Award is a portfolio-based qualification provided by Trinity College London and supported by Arts Council England. It gives children and young people the opportunity to learn… Read more »

Book Weekend favourites

As the Buxton Festival Book Weekend is now less than two months away(!), the Festival team decided to share which events they are looking forward to this year. “I’m very much looking forward to the Book Weekend this year with the added bonus of having some opera available to attend too! English Touring Opera will… Read more »

Guest blog: Ella Marchment on her Buxton Festival experience

After five years, five different jobs, five birthdays during London rehearsals, and sixteen productions, Buxton Festival has become so integral to shaping the artist I am today that I might well have been the privileged inhabitant of a fairy tale land for the past five years. At 24 years old, even though I am still… Read more »

Life as a Buxton Festival intern

I returned to the beautiful town of Buxton after many years as a competitor at the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, when I was a teenager. To be able to return to the town, to work at the ‘other’ festival has been a huge joy. I have had the opportunity to operate the surtitles for I Capuleti… Read more »

Chatting with Festival supporter Mark Sutherland

During the Festival, I sat down with Mark Sutherland who is a great supporter of the Festival. So Mark, could you tell us a bit about yourself? I live in Sheffield where by day I am a career civil servant working in project management in the Department for Work and Pensions. Outside of work I… Read more »

Guest blog: Elin Pritchard on Hathaway

This is possibly one of the biggest challenges I have taken on as a opera singer. When I first received the script I just didn’t know where to start. I had done a small amount of dialogue in opera however the last time I’d learnt lines like this was when I was studying A Level… Read more »

Welcome to our interns!

Each year, the Festival welcomes seven interns to work behind the scenes, whether that be running the opera surtitles, page-turning, working front of house, managing artists’ riders or doing some social media (because we’re very social media savvy here), each day is varied and different from the last! I was an intern a couple of… Read more »

Manchester Theatre Awards

Well, it seemed a bit touch and go as to whether we were going to make it to Manchester on Friday 3 March for the MT Awards… The arrival of snow on the Thursday evening and white out on Friday in Buxton – which is something we’re used to up here – but its timing… Read more »

Art Attack!

What do you get when you put 30 children in a classroom with poster paint, glue and tissue paper? Some fabulous collages of Buxton landmarks (and a lot of mess!) This messy fun was not just because I love to cut and stick, but because we are working with children from Buxton Infants School to… Read more »

We’ve been nominated!

Buxton Festival’s production of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco (2015) has been nominated in the Opera category at the Manchester Theatre Awards! Members of the Festival team will be heading over to HOME in Manchester on Friday 4th March at a celebrity event(!) to hear the results. A blog post about the day will follow next month. Wish us luck!… Read more »