Press Releases

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 »

Nature should have a seat at the negotiating table

One of the UK’s leading nature writers who was inspired by his childhood in the Peak District has said that ecology  must be “institutionalised” at the heart of all Government decisions if mankind is to save the planet. Mark Cocker, who grew up in Buxton where the countryside meets the town at Lightwood Road, told… Read more »

How keeping it local helped keep Britain out of the Vietnam War

MI6 spymaster Sir Maurice Oldfield – the model for James Bond’s boss “M” –  helped to settle international crises down at the local pub in the Derbyshire village where he grew up, Buxton International Festival Book Series heard. His nephew and biographer Martin Pearce said the Lathkil Hotel in Over Haddon was frequently used for… Read more »

Opera beats pop when it comes to sword-fighting

Opera singers get into more sword-fights than pop stars ever do, Buxton Infants School pupils learned from internationally famous baritone Roderick Williams, OBE. Roderick, who had just received foot-stamping, rapturous applause for his performance in Buxton International Festival at the Pavilion Arts Centre, dropped in to see Year 1 children who had been working on… Read more »

Lucy is a Parliamentary veteran before getting the vote

Politics student Lucy Boardman – who made three speeches in the House of Commons before she was even eligible to vote – met one of her heroes at Buxton International Festival the day before she turned 18. Lucy caught up with former Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg after he spoke in the Festival Literary programme… 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 »

Britain needs a bill of rights post-Brexit

Britain’s needs a post-Brexit Bill of Human Rights to replace European laws which currently safeguard our privacy, Professor Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones told Buxton International Festival. Speaking about his new book, We Know All About You – The Story of Surveillance in Britain and America, Professor Jones said that losing our rights under the European Bill of Rights… 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 »

Why Donald Trump embodies the American Dream

Donald Trump embodies the American Dream – if you‘re dreaming of getting rich quick at other people’s expense, a leading American academic said at Buxton International Festival. Sarah Churchwell, an historian, commentator and expert on F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novel The Great Gatsby, said the American President had been swept to power only in part… Read more »

Music helps to mend minds

Music’s astonishing power to help people live well with dementia will be explored at Buxton International Festival on July 16 when the Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) present a concert taken from their Mind Music programme. The NCO developed Mind Music to raise awareness of dementia, from high profile fund-raising concerts to working in care homes… Read more »

Fflur brings drama to Roman tragedy

Making a bloodthirsty despot change his tune is the latest singing challenge for Welsh opera star Fflur Wyn as she returns to Buxton Opera House as part of the town’s International Festival. Buxton was one of the stops in Fflur’s first experience of opera when she toured as a 19-year-old with Jane Eyre in 2000…. Read more »

Buxton International Festival awarded Arts Council England NPO status 2018–2022

Buxton International Festival are delighted to announce that they have been awarded Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status for the period 2018–2022, which amounts to support of £120,000 per year. Arts Council England will make £409 million available to the National Portfolio annually between 2018-22. This increased funding has been made to support ACE’s… Read more »

Revolutionary treatment for work of a poet of the revolution

Revolution is in the air at Buxton International Festival which will present an electrifying tribute to Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda. The work of the Chilean poet and revolutionary will be brought to life through flamenco dance and song as part of the Festival’s annual feast of opera, concerts and literature in the Peak District… Read more »

Wine wizard Oz drinks to music at Buxton

Oz Clarke – the man credited with turning Britain into a wine-drinking nation – is inviting Buxton International Festival audiences to raise a glass to his favourite subject on July 10. The TV wine expert will conduct a grand tour of Europe’s best sounds and flavours in the Buxton Opera House with Drink to Music,… Read more »

Teenage football film kicks off young people’s creativity

Buxton International Festival demonstrated how it helps to kick-start young people’s creativity with the premiere of a film on football written, acted and filmed by schoolchildren. “A Life of Two Halves”, produced by local young people as part of the Festival’s Creative Learning Programme, was shown at a gala event in the Pavilion Arts Centre… Read more »

Festival to give insight into the minds of suicide bombers

Psychology is as important as religion, politics and social issues when trying to defeat Britain’s home-grown terrorists, a professor from the University of Salford where the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi briefly studied will say at Buxton International Festival. Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall will interview security expert Raffaello Pantucci about his book, “We Love Death as You… Read more »

Win a stay in a luxury hotel – and help Buxton International Festival

A £10 stake could win you a luxury hotel break worth £3,500 – but it’s also an investment in the town’s future, say organisers the Friends of Buxton International Festival. The prize of four nights in the 5* Belmond Reid’s Palace – Madeira’s number one hotel for over a century – comes with extras including… Read more »

Wilderness which inspired writer under threat

Wilderness which inspired writer under threat One of Britain’s leading nature writers has spoken of his fears for the future of the wilderness which inspired his childhood passion for the countryside. Mark Cocker will return to his home town to speak at Buxton International Festival’s literary series about Lightwood – the open land behind his… Read more »

Welcome in English hillsides for Welsh expats

There’s a welcome in the hillsides for Welsh speakers this summer… in England. Buxton International Festival is inviting all members of Welsh language societies to see Buxton International Festival’s performance of a new opera, Y Tŵr (The Tower), a five-star rated show which follows a love story from youth to old age. “Every season we… Read more »