It’s official – BIF is the ticket to feeling good!

Survey reveals Festival’s feel-good factor

Live music is just the ticket if you want to feel good, an audience survey found after a concert during last summer’s Buxton International Festival.

Orchestras Live, a charity dedicated to bringing orchestral music to as wide and diverse audience as possible, conducted the survey after one of their productions by The English Concert.

The English Concert performs at Princeton University

It revealed that 98% of the audience felt the live performance of Vivaldi had contributed positively to their sense of well-being.

Other findings from the survey, which was completed by a quarter of the 200-strong audience, found that 100% of the respondents rated the quality of the performance and the whole experience of attending the Festival’s concert as good or very good.

The survey also found the listeners were mostly motivated to go for entertainment or to be inspired, whilst some wanted to escape everyday life or try something new and out of the ordinary.

BIF CEO Michael Williams said: “We are delighted that the Orchestras Live survey has given the Festival such positive feedback and that people left the concert feeling a greater sense of well-being. It has been a difficult couple of years and there is no doubt that our Festival visitors found the energy and power of a live orchestral performance truly inspiring.”

The English Concert will return to BIF on Monday 11 July 2022 and will be playing works by G F Handel and G Bononcini. They will be led from the harpsichord by Tom Foster with Anna Dennis, who was radiant in the role of Galatea at the 2021 Festival, as the soprano soloist.

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