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 Musical Society – Festa Di Puccini In honour of the centenary of Puccini’s death and the fiftieth anniversary of Swiss composer Frank Martin’s passing, the Buxton Musical Society presents a special performance featuring Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and a short orchestral piece by Martin. Led by conductor Sam Hayes, this concert will feature soloists from the Buxton Festival company and talented instrumentalists. But here’s the kicker: experienced singers have the unique opportunity to join the chorus for the Puccini performance. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this musical legacy! Click here for full details, including the cost of taking part, and an application form.

2. Carmen Interactive Workshop and Performance Ever wondered what it’s like to be part of the creative process behind an opera? Now’s your chance to find out. Join the interactive workshop for Bizet’s Carmen, led by the Festival’s Artistic Director, Adrian Kelly, and conductor Iwan Davies. Amateur singers are invited to sing alongside professionals from the Buxton Festival Company, who take on the four protagonist roles from the opera. Culminating in an abridged performance of the opera, it’s sure to be a memorable experience for all. Click here to find out more.

3. Festival Walks Step into the rich tapestry of Buxton’s history with themed walks hosted by Discover Buxton. Explore the town’s fascinating heritage and discover its flora and fauna in the company of their knowledgeable guides. These walks are immensely popular, so book early to secure your spot. Click here to see the full programme of Festival walks.

4. Opera in The Cavern We are taking things underground for 2024! Join us on these intimate tours beneath the earth where you can marvel at the beautifully illuminated rock sculpted galleries whilst listening to stunning renditions from sensational operas. Click here to find out more

But wait, there’s more! Don’t forget to check out our series of Book talks, each featuring a Q&A session where you can engage directly with the speakers. Whether you’re a music aficionado, books lover, or history buff, our Book series at BIF 2024 has something for everyone.

Immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of Buxton and become an active participant, don’t just watch from the sidelines – be part of the festivities!