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1 week to go until Buxton International Festival

Buxton International Festival opens this Thursday 6 July!  The portacabins have arrived, rehearsals are now under way and the excitement is mounting! 🎉
We’re thrilled to be bringing you a fantastic programme, filled with spectacular operas, innovative music and opinion-forming discussion.

Read on for a preview of our new musical The Land of Might-Have-Been, hear the latest reviews on some of our upcoming book talks and meet the cast for our new opera production Il re pastore.

This year we will be rolling out the red carpet for our opening weekend – and we do hope you can join us!

An introduction to our new co-production musical with Norwich Theatre, The Land of Might-Have-Been

Written by Michael Williams, co-creator of the UK Theatre Award-winning opera Georgiana, this world premiere musical is built around the songs of Ivor Novello and loosely based on the early life of Buxton’s Vera Brittain:

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Review: Tomiwa Owolade

This is Not America: Why We Need a Different Conversation on Race

At BIF Book Festival 13 July 2023

In this passionate study, Tomiwa Owolade argues that Britain should consider race from its own perspective rather than adopt America’s battles, in his new latest book. Too much of the debate around racism in Britain is viewed through the prism of American ideas that do not reflect the history, challenges and achievements of black communities at home.

Click here to read the recent review in The Observer.


Review: Tom Holland

Pax: War and Peace in Rome’s Golden Age

At BIF Book Festival 12 July 2023

In a trilogy that began with Rubicon, and Dynasty, award winning historian and broadcaster Tom Holland now arrives at the period which marks the apogée of the Pax Romana. It provides a portrait of the ancient world’s ultimate superpower at war and at peace; from the gilded capital to the barbarous realms beyond the frontier; from emperors to slaves.

Click here to read a recent review.


Alice Farnham

In Good Hands: The Making of a Modern Conductor
At BIF Book Festival 11 July 2023

Alice Farnham is listed in Classic FM Today’s Ten Best Women Conductors. Recent engagements include concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia.

Who dreams of becoming a conductor? What does it take to get there and stay in the game? In Good Hands is not a guide on how to conduct: it is a frank, fascinating portrait of what conducting really entails today. It is a book about leadership, full of timely sentiment on who gets to lead, and what it takes to unite and inspire people.

Click here to read a recent review.

BOOK NOW – Alice Farnham

15 Things to do for under £20 (or FREE) at Buxton International Festival

You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy yourself at Buxton International Festival. There are plenty of ways to enjoy BIF on a smaller budget! Whether you enjoy the best chamber music, boogie-woogie jazz gigs, listening to commentators and politicians debate their latest books, or, you want to try opera for the first time, here’s our pick of best 15 events for £20 and under, with some events completely free.


Read more: 15 Things to do under £20 (or FREE!) at BIF



Jazz artists – Listen on Spotify

Although tickets for the Jazz Weekender Plus packages are now sold out, there are still tickets available for individual gigs.


Jamie Safir


7 July 2023, Jazz at the Palace Hotel
Jamie is a critically acclaimed, much-loved young jazz virtuoso who has collaborated with pop-music royalty and is a witty raconteur.  His sparkling new one man show ‘Piano Talk’ presents the glamorous (and not so glamorous!) view from the piano.  Listen on Spotify – CLICK here





Fresh from his sell-out ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ tour, Tom Seals has the world at this fingertips. His virtuoso soloing, excellent improvisation skills and distinctive voice have left top industry officials hailing him the UK’s finest boogie woogie and blues pianist/vocalist.

Listen SpotifyCLICK here.






Neo-Jazz singer-songwriter Ni Maxine presents the story of a black woman navigating the modern world, exploring themes of home, identity, self-esteem and belonging.

Listen SpotifyCLICK here.





BIF Music Series – Chamber Ensembles

This year we’re thrilled to be joined by several talented chamber ensembles in our music series.

Described as one of the few chamber groups as much at home with Mozart as with Birtwistle, Endymion has won a strong following among audiences throughout the UK and abroad (15 July).

Established in 2020, the Paddington Trio have quickly emerged as a unique and versatile ensemble, recently winning first prize in the 70th Royal Over-Seas League Competition for Strings & Piano Ensemble (13 July).

Solis Trio is a London-based, all female brass ensemble, which formed seven years ago. Their programme includes Pergolesi, Bohme, Poulenc and Plog.



Meet the cast of our new opera production,
Mozart’s Il re pastore

BIF’s Artistic Director Adrian Kelly introduces the cast and director of this year’s production of Il re pastore.

Il re pastore is one of Mozart’s most beautiful and intimate works, written in Salzburg while the composer was still a teenager. This production gives a platform to five extremely talented emerging British singers.

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Click here to see the full 2023 programme



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