Buxton International Festival 2023

We’re delighted to announce the dates for the next Buxton International Festival are 6-23 July 2023.

This summer’s festival includes a brand-new musical inspired by the early life of Vera Brittain, The Land Of Might-Have-Been; three new opera productions, Vincenzo Bellini’s La sonnambula, GF Handel’s Orlando and Mozart’s Il re pastore, a jazz line-up including Wynton Marsalis, Tom Seals and Shez Raja; a concerts’ programme which includes Nicola Benedetti and The King’s Singers; and books guests to include Sir David Hare and Polly Toynbee

Commenting Adrian Kelly, BIF’s artistic director said: “Buxton International Festival has firmly established itself in the cultural calendar.  It’s an unapologetically ambitious, creative and accessible festival that takes risks and entertains. 2023 will be no different – bold, brave and back in full technicololor.”

CEO Michael Williams adds: “I don’t think there are many festivals as flexible and thrilling as Buxton.  Last year saw us fill the opera house with audiences ready to hear the politicians and thinkers of the hour and that same house was filled with five-star opera and coloratura by evening.  Our jazz programme was a triumph and this year it has bells on with Wynton Marsalis amongst our guests.  We reach for the stars at Buxton, make no mistake.”

Highlights include:

Bellini’s La sonnambula

A Buxton International Festival Production

Adrian Kelly Conductor, Harry Fehr Director

Venue: Buxton Opera House

Dates & times:

Saturday 8 July           7.15pm
Wednesday 12 July     7.15pm
Sunday  16 July           2pm
Wednesday 19 July      7.15pm
Saturday 22 July          7.15pm

The Land of Might-Have-Been

A Buxton International Festival and Norwich Theatre Production with music by Ivor Novello.

A story of love, war and remembrance, inspired by the early lives of Vera Brittain and her brother Captain Edward Brittain.  Book and lyrics by Michael Williams, co-creator of the UK Theatre Award winning Georgiana.

Iwan Davies Conductor, Kimberley Sykes Director

Venue: Buxton Opera House

Dates & times:

Friday 7 July                7.15pm
Tuesday 11 July           7.15pm
Saturday 15 July          2pm & 7.15pm
Tuesday 18 July           7.15pm
Friday 21 July               7.15pm

Mozart’s Il re pastore

A Buxton International Festival Production

Venue: Buxton Opera House

Dates & times:

Sunday  9 July            7.15pm
Thursday 13 July        7.15pm
Monday 17 July          7.15pm
Thursday 20July        7.15pm

Handel’s Orlando

A Liberata Collective Production

Venue: Pavilion Arts Centre

Dates & times:

Monday 10 July         2pm
Friday 14 July            7.15pm
Friday 21 July            7.15pm


Other highlights include a concerts’ programme which includes Nicola Benedetti performing with The English Concert; books guests to include award winning author Isabella Tree and Sir David Hare; and a jazz line-up with Wynton Marsalis, Tom Seals and Shez Raja.

Priority Booking for The Land Of Might-Have-Been and the Jazz Weekend tickets opens on 21 November 2022, with public booking opening on Monday 28 November.

The full programme and festival brochure will be at the end of February, with Priority Booking from 7 March 2023 and Public Booking on 4 April 2023.

More details coming soon…