Support Us

The support we receive from individuals, trusts & foundations, and companies really does make a difference to the work of our charity and we thank you for your generosity.

Why support?

Your support ensures that we can continue to offer opportunities for young, emerging artists and extraordinary experiences for our audiences. Find out how you can support us.

BIF Future

Every year we bring exciting new music and book events to Derbyshire – including commissioning original operas, and launching a jazz series in 2021. Every contribution keeps the arts alive.

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Emerging Young Artists

BIF gives young artists opportunities to work with internationally renowned artists and receive mentoring from our artistic & musical directors. Read about a 2021 young artist.

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Become a syndicate member and play an important role in supporting a production from start to finish. A unique chance to witness the planning and rehearsal process.

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Directors Circle

Join the top-tier membership of the Festival to enjoy priority booking and invitations to special events.

Join Friends of BIF

Other ways to support Buxton International Festival:

For further enquiries about supporting the Festival, please contact


Corporate support

Support from our corporate partners is crucial to the Festival on and off the stage. We create unique experiences, opportunities for hospitality and a chance to talk directly to our audiences through partnerships and packages.

Bespoke packages allow you to engage with the Festival to support all areas of our work, opera, music, books and community engagement. BIF can work with you to fulfil your business objectives and meet corporate social responsibility targets.

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A big thank you to our sponsors

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Festival Circle

This is a network of business support across the region with members taking advantage of opportunities to promote their businesses through our website and publications.

We would like to thank our members for their commitment to the Festival:

Best Western Lee Wood Hotel

Buxton Pudding Emporium

Central Technology

The Columbine Restaurant

Isla Fine Art, Cards & Gifts







John Whibley ‘Holidays with Music’

The Palace Hotel Buxton & Spa

Pooles Cavern and Country Park

The Queen’s Head Hotel & Public House

Roseleigh Guest House

Wheeldon Trees Farm ‘Holiday Cottages’

Khomkhai Thai Cuisine Restaurant, Wine Bar & Luxury en-suite Accommodation




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Trusts & Foundations

Grants from trusts and foundations play a vital role in enabling us to continue our work and to expand it into new areas from supporting new operas, professional development for young artists, to our work in outreach and the local community.

A significant amount of this work simply would not happen without the continuing generosity and commitment of trusts and foundations.

We are deeply grateful to the many trusts and foundations currently supporting our work these include: 

Andre Bernheim Charitable Trust
The Kirby Laing Foundation
The Stonehouse Educational Foundation
Hall Bank Trust

The Broderers Charity Trust
The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation
N Smith Charitable Trust
Wingate Foundation
Rainbow Dickinson Trust
Marchus Trust




Leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Who are the Festival Foundation?

The Festival Foundation was established as a separate charitable trust in 2002 to contribute to the long-term stability and development of the Festival.
The Festival Foundation has a Development Fund and is able to make grants to the Festival to facilitate improving the range diversity and quality of its opera productions, outreach projects and young artists’ programme.
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Leaving to the Festival Foundation in your Will

Remembering a charity in your Will is straightforward and leaving something to the Festival, no matter how small, will really make a difference.
Legacies can be made by way of a gift of cash, shares or property, and charitable gifts are free from Inheritance Tax and may also reduce other taxes. If you want to leave a legacy, simply tell your solicitor the amount you wish to give to the Buxton Festival Foundation, registered charity number 1096269
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What your gift supports

Your gift will help grow an endowment fund used by the Festival to support the development of a range of programmes, production and outreach projects.

In 2019 the Festival Foundation was delighted to support the outreach project The Orphans of Koombu, an innovative mini-opera designed to put young voices at the front of the performance, bringing together schools in Derbyshire with performances at the Buxton Opera House.

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Buxton Festival Foundation Trustees

• Jane Davies OBE (Chairman)
• Philip Barton
• Katharine Redford
• Colin Gregory

For more information about how the Foundation operates and how you can support us, please contact Jane Davies by email


Syndicates are groups of people who come together to support productions and enjoy unique insights into how we put the festival together. You can join one of the syndicates by supporting us with a donation from £2000 plus and receive:

  • Acknowledgement in the Festival programme
  • Regular updates in the run up to the 2022 Festival performances with details of characters and costumes
  • Access to behind-the-scenes tours to see set and costumes from a new perspective
  • Credit on the supporter’s page of our website

As a Syndicate member, you will play an important role in supporting a production from start to finish, with unique insights into the planning and rehearsal process. Most importantly, you will be supporting BIF’s artists and musicians as we look to the future after a couple of challenging years reach out to new audiences.



Directly support Buxton International Festival by buying your gifts with us.

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Gift Vouchers

Stuck for gifts this Christmas? Surprise a friend or family member with a Buxton International Festival gift voucher. We offer amounts from £10 – £100 which can be exchanged for festival tickets at the Buxton Opera House box office.

Please include your postal address at checkout. Your vouchers will be sent free of charge, first class within 3 working days.


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