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3 weeks to until Buxton International Festival begins!





With just 3 weeks to go until Buxton International Festival opens on Thursday 6 July, we can’t wait to see you here in Buxton next month!

Some events have already sold out, with other events becoming limited capacity. If you’ve seen something in our programme you simply don’t want to miss, book now…


Click here to see the full 2023 BIF programme



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Brand new opera productions

Mozart’s Il re pastore

Despite Mozart operas being a regular feature at many summer festivals, Il re pastore remains something of a rarity, even though it contains some of Mozart’s most exquisite music.
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The Land of Might-Have-Been
Inspired by Vera Brittain’s early life with music by Ivor Novello

Buxton’s Vera Brittain will be in the spotlight at this year’s festival with a brand new co-production with Norwich Theatre, loosely based on her early life. The new musical is written by Michael Williams, co-creator of the UK Theatre Award winning opera Georgiana and features music from Ivor Novello.
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Music series

As usual our classical music programme celebrates some of the UK’s most acclaimed musicians.

Highlights include:

The King’s Singers
The King’s Singers have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years.  The natural beauty of birds and birdsong has long provided an inspiration for composers and artists of all kinds. This concert ‘Songbirds’, combines some of this music with songs by modern-day ‘songbirds’  – singers and songwriters with distinct voices and musical ideas.
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Jack Hancher
The award-winning classical guitarist and rising star, described as ‘a poet and a painter colouring sound out of guitar as if his imagination and the guitar were one’.
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Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective
With a residency at Wigmore Hall under their belt, top ten best classical records to their name, and young musicians of the year in their midst, there’s no denying the talent of these musicians. Over two days, be transported to the elegant salons of Paris in the first recital, then enter a world of English Romanticism with the second concert.
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Solis Trio
Winners of the Musicians Brass Company Prize in July 2021, the London-based, all female brass ensemble will play a wonderful programme to include Pergolesi, Bohme, Poulenc and Plog.
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Jazz: Dazzling line-up with big bands, late-night concerts and gospel

Following the success of jazz at Buxton last year, sights are set high! Although tickets for the Jazz Weekender Plus packages are now sold out, there are still tickets available for individual gigs.

Jazz highlights include:

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.

Following spectacular performances at leading UK venues – including Ronnie Scott’s and the Jazz Café, Shez Raja has gained a reputation as one of the most entertaining live acts on the jazz scene today. Here him play his usual set of mesmerising unique Indojazzfunk.

The Gwyilym Simcock Quintet bring us a very special line-up of distinguished jazz musicians, and their aim is to take you on a musical journey at this highly anticipated gig.

Making a return to BIF, AMC Gospel Choir delighted us in 2022 and will bring another, full-on, soulful performance with live band in 2023.

As one of the UK’s leading exponents of New Orleans piano, Dale Storr takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride of the music and the stories of his much-loved piano heroes from the ‘Crescent City.



Buxton leads the way in conversation and debate at the BIF Book Festival

Dame Kate Bingham and Tim Hames
The Long Shot: The Inside Story of the Race to Vaccinate Britain

Expected to sell-out very soon, this is a riveting behind-the-scenes account of one of the most monumental public health efforts in history.

Bingham’s masterful storytelling weaves intricate narratives of scientific innovation, unprecedented collaboration, and relentless determination. Navigating the turbulent waters of vaccine development amidst a pandemic, this book brings to light the untold stories of heroes battling against the ticking clock. This is not just a tale about a vaccine; it’s a saga of courage, tenacity, and groundbreaking triumph.


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

Across the West, racial injustice has become a matter of urgency. In his new book New Statesman contributing writer Tomiwa Owolade argues that, in the rush to get it right, we have been looking in the wrong place.





Baroness Catherine Ashton
And Then What?

From 2009 to 2014, Lady Ashton was the EU’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security. Arriving in Brussels with no significant experience of international diplomacy, she faced the challenge of representing twenty-eight nations during one of the most turbulent times in living memory; including Russia’s invasion of Crimea to the Iran nuclear deal. Baroness Catherine Ashton takes us behind the scenes to show us what worked and what didn’t and how it felt to play a part in tackling the major international crises of our times.




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