Friends

The Friends have been supporting the Festival for 40 years.
To the 2,200 of you who are already Friends - we cannot thank you enough.

Who are the Friends?

Becoming a Friend is more than donating your membership. You will become part of the 'Festival Family' - and we are often described as the heart and soul of the Festival.

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“BIF has one of the best Friends organisations in the music world.”

– Wyn Davies, Opera conductor and Patron of the Friends.

Since we began in 1970, our members have donated over 2 million pounds towards the Festival. Our subscriptions go on everything from supporting entire operas to engaging top-class musicians and speakers, to supporting the Festival Chorus and Young Artists Programme.

The generosity of our members is fundamental to Buxton International Festival’s growth and success, and has enabled our Festival to become one of the UK’s leading arts festivals.

To the 2,200 of you who are already Friends – we cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support.

“By joining the Friends, we became part of a Festival we love.”

– Mary & Andrew, Friends since 2013

Becoming a Friend is more than donating your membership. You will become part of the ‘Festival Family’. We invite our members to special events organised throughout the year from meals, recitals, and study days.

Our Friends receive a range of special rewards including access to priority booking, opportunities to book UK and international music holidays, and regular Friends newsletters with exclusive ‘inside’ information.

So please do join us. You will feel rewarded and deeply satisfied to be supporting our unique Festival.

Membership & Join

Our six tiers of membership start from just £33 and have their own individual rewards.

All Friends are rewarded with:

  • Priority booking
  • Two Overture Friends newsletters a year with exclusive interviews, stories and messages from the Festival team
  • Regular E-newsletters keeping you up-to-date with Festival news and events
  • Opportunities to enjoy Friends events throughout the year, including meals, recitals and UK and international music holidays
  • Recognition of your support in the Festival Souvenir Programme Book
  • The knowledge that your support is helping us deliver another incredible Festival

Friend

Priority booking opens Mon 23 March
Become a Friend now via PayPal below

Individual £33 / Joint £44

Rewards

  • One week’s priority booking with two tickets per performance and four for joint members

Gold Friend

Priority booking opens Mon 16 March
Become a Gold Friend now via PayPal below

£66 Individual / £88 Joint

Rewards

  • Two week’s priority booking with four tickets per performance and six for joint members

Patron

Priority booking opens Mon 9 March
Become a Patron now via PayPal below

£193 Individual / £257 Joint

Rewards

  • Three week’s priority booking with unlimited seats per performance
  • Advance copy of the Festival brochure sent by email
  • Festival Programme Book
  • Interval Drinks at the Cavendish Bar

Gold Patron

Priority booking opens Mon 2 March
Become a Gold Patron now via PayPal below


£330 Individual £440 Joint

Includes all Patron rewards plus

  • Four weeks priority booking – unlimited seats
  • Priority wait list for sold out events
  • Invitation to attend a Dress Rehearsal for ticket holders

Benefactor

Priority booking opens Mon 2 March
Become a Benefactor now via PayPal below

£550 Individual £735 Joint

Includes all Patron rewards plus

  • Personalised booking service
  • An opportunity to meet Festival artists
  • An invitation to attend the annual Festival Dinner at a special rate

Directors Circle

Priority booking opens Mon 2 March
Become a member of the Directors Circle now via PayPal below


£1,650 Individual or Joint

Includes all Benefactor rewards plus

  • Your own Relationship Manager
  • Tour of the opera set
  • Invitations to previews and special events

Friends News

Stay up to date with the latest Friends news and stories

Friends of BIF Annual General Meeting 2020

On Tuesday 14 February Friends of Buxton International Festival gathered for the 2020 AGM. We also enjoyed a piano recital by Jamie Bergin supported by The Keyboard Trust followed by a delicious buffet lunch.

Read the minutes from the AGM below:

FoBF AGM Minutes Feb 2020

Friends Events

It was with great sadness we had to cancel BIF 2020 and all upcoming Friends Events due to Covid-19. We are devastated and working very hard to keep the team going and start planning for 2021.