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?

By supporting BIF, you are helping this spectacular arts festival in the beautiful Peak District bring to life rare operas and present the best in music and books. As a charity, we work throughout the year exploring new ways of thinking about creativity and cultural participation, inspiring people to be curious and to embrace new experiences.

Nurture new talent

BIF gives young artists performance platforms as they develop and expand their repertoires, giving opportunities to work with internationally renowned artists. Our Young Artists Programme puts young singers centre stage.

Engage young people

Working with young people, professional singers and musicians, we inspire young people to be curious and embrace new experiences like this year’s The Orphans of Koombu combining opera and musical theatre.

Inspire new audiences

Our mission is to connect artists and audiences in ways that lift the spirit and to make opera more accessible. We do this by presenting an innovative programme of opera, music & books with different access points, encouraging people to get involved at multiple levels.

Our part in cultural regeneration

Our location is very important to the Festival and we are playing our part in the cultural regeneration of Buxton with unexpected opportunities for joy, celebration and exploration.

How can I support BIF?

You can support us through a donation, become part of a production syndicate, or support a programme close to your heart.

One of the easiest and most rewarding ways you can support us is by joining the Friends of BIF. Often described as the heart and soul of the Festival, becoming a Friend is about more than just donating your membership subscription.

You can leave a lasting legacy for future generations. Remembering a charity in your Will is straightforward and leaving something to the Festival, no matter how small, will really make a difference.

Are you a business? 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.

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.

Find out more

Contact Development Director joanne.williams@buxtonfestival.co.uk

 

BIF Friends

Friends' memberships are due for renewal on 1 November 2019. We are now able to offer Direct Debit as a payment option. We would very much appreciate you using this method of payment if you can. Fill the online Direct Debit request form on this page below. Remember to cancel your Standing Order with your bank if you choose to renew by Direct Debit

Who are the Friends?

We are often described as the heart and soul of the Festival. The generosity of our members is fundamental to Buxton International Festival’s growth and success. Since we started in 1970, our devoted and appreciative members have donated over 2 million pounds, from sponsoring entire operas to venue hire, artistic fees, props and providing an invaluable platform for many rising stars and young singers.

“Buxton International Festival has one of the best Friends organisations in the music world.”

– Wyn Davies, Opera conductor and Patron of the Friends.

Shakshi Singh Buxton International Festival Intern

Why become a Friend?

Becoming a Friend is about more than just donating your membership subscription. You will be part of the Festival family and receive a range of special rewards including access to priority booking, opportunities to book UK and international music holidays, regular Friends newsletters and invitations to Friends events organised throughout the year.

“By joining the Friends, we became part of a Festival we love. There are many rewards, not least the opportunity to experience outstanding musical and literary events throughout the year.”

– Mary & Andrew, Friends since 2013

Join or renew your membership by Direct Debit

Our preferred way for you to donate your subscription is by Direct Debit.
Please fill out the form below to join or renew your membership.

*If you are on a mobile device please open the form here.

Remember to Gift Aid your donation, adding a further 25% to our funds, by signing the declaration at the end of the form (if you are eligible).

To upgrade your membership or to talk to us for any other reason please email the Membership Secretary at friendsmembership@buxtonfestival.co.uk

 

Friends Events

All Friends are invited to Friends Events organised throughout the year from dinners, talks and recitals, plus Friends have the opportunity to book UK and international music holidays.
Upcoming Friends events

Friends Newsletter: Overture

BIF’s newsletter for our Friends and supporters includes exclusive interviews, stories and messages from the Festival team.
Read our latest newsletter

Read on to discover all Friends benefits, tiers of membership and how to join…

All BIF Friends receive:

  • Priority booking
  • Two Overture Friends newsletters a year with exclusive interviews, stories and messages from the Festival team
  • Regular E-newsletters keeping you up-to-date with Festival news and events
  • Opportunities to enjoy Friends events throughout the year, including UK and international music holidays
  • Recognition of your support in the Festival Programme Book
  • The knowledge that your support is helping us deliver another incredible Festival

Our six tiers of membership start from just £33 and have their own individual rewards.

Friend

Individual £33 / Joint £44
Paid annually

Rewards

  • One week priority booking – two tickets per performance, four for joint members

Gold Friend

£66 Individual / £88 Joint
Paid annually

Rewards

  • Two weeks priority booking – up to four tickets per performance and six for joint members

Patron

£193 Individual / £257 Joint
Paid annually or quarterly

Rewards

  • Three week priority booking with unlimited seats per performance
  • Advance copy of the Festival brochure sent by email
  • Festival Programme Book
  • Interval Drinks at the Cavendish Bar

Gold Patron

£330 Individual £440 Joint
Paid annually or quarterly

Includes all Patron rewards plus

  • Four weeks priority booking – unlimited seats
  • Priority booking wait list for sold out events
  • Invitation to attend a Dress Rehearsal for ticket holders

Benefactor

£550 Individual £735 Joint
Paid annually or quarterly

Includes all Patron rewards plus

  • Personalised booking service
  • An opportunity to meet Festival artists
  • An invitation to attend the annual Festival Dinner at a special rate

Directors Circle

£1,650 Individual or Joint
Paid annually, quarterly or monthly

Includes all Benefactor rewards plus

  • Your own Relationship Manager
  • Tour of the opera set
  • Invitations to previews and special events

Join or renew your membership by PayPal

If you would prefer to donate your membership subscription by a single annual payment you can do so by PayPal below. Use the drop down menu to choose between Individual and Joint membership.

Please Gift Aid your donation by signing the declaration in our form below, adding a further 25% to our funds, and return it to us by either email friends@buxtonfestival.co.uk or by using our freepost address.

Friends of Buxton Festival, 3 The Square, FREEPOST SK3090, Buxton SK17 6YH

Gift Aid form download

Friend

Gold Friend

Patron

Gold Patron


Benefactor

Directors Circle

£1,650 Individual or Joint 


Legacies

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.
Download our brochure

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
Download Codicil Form

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.

Find out more

Buxton Festival Foundation Trustees

• Jane Davies OBE (Chairman)
• Philip Barton
• Dr Ian Johnston CB
• Katharine Redford

For more information about how the Foundation operates and how you can support us, please contact Jane Davies by email foundation@buxtonfestival.co.uk

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.

Find out more

Contact joanne.williams@buxtonfestival.co.uk

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

Biggin Hall

Brooke-Taylor Solicitors

Buxton Pudding Company

The Columbine Restaurant

Isla Fine Art, Cards & Gifts

John Hattersley Wines

John Whibley ‘Holidays with Music’

 

 

 

 

 

The Palace Hotel Buxton & Spa

Pooles Cavern and Country Park

The Queen’s Head Hotel & Public House

RW Percival Funeral Directors

Roseleigh Guest House

Vardells

Wheeldon Trees Farm ‘Holiday Cottages’

 

Sponsors

Renishaw Hall

Find out more

Contact lucy.marsden@buxtonfestival.co.uk

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: 

Hall Bank Trust
Andre Bernheim Charitable Trust
Derbyshire County Council Action Grants
The Sainer Charity
The Kirby Laing Foundation
N Smith Charitable Settlement
The Stonehouse Educational Foundation

Find out more

Contact lucy.marsden@buxtonfestival.co.uk