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Alan Barnes Swinglet: 'Buxton, Wynton Marsalis and Me'

British Jazz Artist Alan Barnes is back in Buxton this July, after his outstanding sell-out performance with Wynton Marsalis last year. Alan recollects the once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity, and how it came about. Spring last year, my phone rings and it’s Neil Hughes. Neil and I go back a long way to the days when he … Continued


Golda Schultz promises to be the hottest ticket of this summer's festival

Soprano Golda Schultz is internationally recognised as one of today’s most talented and versatile artists.  She makes her Buxton debut this year, in one of the Festival’s most highly anticipated events.  BIF’s CEO Michael Williams remembers working with Golda in South Africa at the start of her career and reflects on her rise to fame.  … Continued


Celebrating International Jazz Day: 8 Unmissable Gigs at BIF Jazz 2024

Jazz is considered one of the most influential genres of music. You can feel its rhythm and syncopation across R&B, rock n roll, disco, country, pop, and more. 30 April is International Jazz Day, the world’s largest celebration of jazz music. Established in 2011 by UNESCO and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, International Jazz Day 2024 … Continued


Interactive Events for Music and Culture Enthusiasts at Buxton Festival 2024

Buxton International Festival will soon be back in full swing for 2024 and this year we’re offering a plethora of interactive events that promise to immerse attendees in the world of music, opera, books, and local history. There’s a number of standout events that invite you to not just spectate, but actively participate: 1. Buxton … Continued


How to book tickets online

We’re expecting a high level of bookings this month so we recommend using our online booking system to reserve your seats. We’ve shared a step-by-step guide which shows you how to book tickets online


'Yes, I know you think a woman couldn’t have written this, but trust me, I did.  Let me play it for you' - Ethyl Smyth

Ahead of International Women’s Day, BIF talked to Dr Leah Broad about Ethel Smyth who composed the festival’s eagerly-awaited forthcoming opera production, The Boatswain’s Mate.


More names announced for Buxton International Festival 2024

Get ready for an electrifying programme at Buxton International Festival this summer! Ahead of the full programme announcement and brochure publication in early March, we are hugely excited to share a sneak-peak of our stellar line-up for 2024.


Cast announced for BIF's Five Brand New Opera Productions

Buxton International Festival announces a mighty line-up of artists for its five brand new opera productions between 4 and 21 July.  


Opera North orchestra returns to Buxton for first time in 30 years

Buxton International Festival (4 -21 July 2024) is delighted to be collaborating with The Orchestra of Opera North for its new production of Verdi’s ‘Ernani’.


BIF welcomes new board members for 2024

Buxton International Festival is pleased to announce four new board members as we eagerly anticipate our 2024 festival and celebrate the 45th year our annual summer celebration of opera, music, books and jazz.


Harmonious Welcome: Bella Hardy begins her role as Kaleidoscope Choir Leader

Buxton International Festival is delighted to welcome Bella Hardy, who is stepping into the role of Kaleidoscope Choir Leader.


Great Christmas Reads: Books to Share or Savour

If you're on the hunt for a gift that can both captivate and enlighten, look no further than a good book. BIF's Book Festival Director, Vicky Dawson, shares her selection of the top five holiday reads.