Jobs & Volunteering

Buxton International Festival is made of a small, passionate and dedicated team working all year round. We would love for you to join us to help inspire a new generation.

Artistic Administrator

We are seeking an organised and friendly Artistic Administrator to be responsible for implementing this vibrant company’s artistic plans.

The successful candidate will be adept at juggling an array of tasks and will have worked in the arts sector previously. Working in the opera and classical music industry would be an advantage. The right candidate will have experience in contract negotiation and relationship management, proven organisation and scheduling capabilities and will have a detailed approach to the work.

This is a part-time position, of three or four days a week.  The successful candidate will be responsible for handling all administrative tasks relating to the artists and artistic planning of our productions, music series, roadshows and events throughout the year. The role includes the coordination of artists contracts, building excellent relations with artists/agents, coordinating auditions, maintaining policies for visiting artists, and providing general administrative support to ensure the planning of each production is efficient and meets its budget. The Artistic Administrator will work alongside other colleagues in the Buxton office to ensure the smooth running of the office, including events and other related activities, have the flexibility to take on a wide range of duties, and the ability to work calmly under pressure.

Click here for the full job description.


Application Process

Please electronically submit your CV and a covering letter to Michael Williams, CEO, at no later than Friday 10 June 2022. 


Interviews will take place between 20 June and 1 July 2022.


Contact details for further information:

Lee Barnes, Administrator

Volunteer Steward

Help bring live performances back!

Buxton International Festival is looking for volunteers to help us host a COVID-19 safe, socially distanced Festival from 7-24 July 2022.

The Festival Volunteers are the smiling and welcoming face of the Festival, greeting and seating ticket holders, and supporting the staff team to deliver the
annual celebration of creativity in Buxton.

Benefits of being a BIF volunteer:
• Enjoy the buzz of the Festival
• Grow your social circle and meet new people
• Access free training and enhance your personal skills, knowledge and experience
• Volunteering is good for your mental and physical health
• Get to see some of the BIF events
• Work as part of the awesome BIF team
• Be able to say “I was part of that”

Volunteer training will be provided online and in person in the weeks leading up to the festival.  For more information click here, and to view the Volunteer Steward Job Description click here.


Artist Accommodation

BIF features the most promising rising stars in the performing arts world, as well as prominent international singers, musicians and literary figures.  We have a packed summer programme of more than 120 events over a 17-day period.

Each July our visiting artists need to find accommodation and this is where you can help.  The Festival has put together an accommodation list of local people who have kindly offered a spare room in their home for an artist to stay.  As the Festival continues to grow in scale we need to find more hosts to welcome artists in to their homes.  Those offering accommodation are able to charge rent and currently most hosts ask for around £100 per week to cover their expenses.  Typically hosts will allow a guest staying with them to share their kitchen facilities so they can make their own meals.

If you are able to offer a room for a performer to stay in your home, then we would very much like to hear from you.  Please give Lee Barnes a call on 01298 70395 or email to find out more.

Buxton International Festival Student Internships 2022

Every year Buxton International Festival offers several Festival Intern placements to people who would like to work in the arts and events industries.

In 2022 the placements will run from 4 July – 27 July in Buxton.  While the placements are unpaid we do provide simple accommodation in Buxton and £500 towards your food and travel expenses.

Being a Festival Intern can be a hugely rewarding experience that will help you on your way to a great job in the arts.  Past Festival Interns have gone on to work in a variety of settings including Wembley Arena, The Lowry Theatre and Buxton International Festival!  We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly, motivated people who will thrive on the long days, variety of roles and the pressure of working in a busy environment.

Festival Interns are asked to:

  • help look after Festival artists
  • operating the Festival opera surtitles on PowerPoint
  • page-turning at Festival concerts and rehearsals
  • stewarding at Festival events including front-of-house duties
  • help set up venues
  • general ‘running’
  • helping with admin tasks in the Festival office

You will have the chance to see Festival events from world-class opera, to the best of UK chamber music to the famous faces of our book talks.

Competition for these exciting and rewarding roles is strong and places are limited.  If you would like to apply please send a CV and covering letter detailing any relevant skills and experience you think you could bring to the role to