Support us

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.

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.


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

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.

Find out more

Contact Development Director



By joining the Friends, you are contributing directly to the future development of the Buxton International Festival. There are six levels of membership and all your support helps us to deliver an exciting festival, nurturing talent and spreading the word to new audiences.

All BIF Friends receive:

  • Priority booking
  • Friends newsletter
  • Overture and e-bulletins
  • Opportunities to enjoy Friends events throughout the year, including music holidays
  • Recognition of your support in the Festival Programme Book

Join the Friends or renew your membership below.

Our preferred way for you to donate your subscription is by Direct Debit. Subscriptions may be donated quarterly from Patron Level and above. Directors Circle donations may also be donated monthly. Please contact us to arrange your Direct Debit. Alternatively, a single annual subscription may be donated by PayPal below.

By Gift Aiding your subscription, you will be adding a further 25% to our funds. If you are eligible for Gift Aid, please download our form below.

Download the Gift Aid form


To find out more about becoming a Friend, register your interest and we’ll give you a call.


Individual £30 Joint £40


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

Gold Friend

£60 Individual £85 Joint


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


£175 Individual £250 Joint


  • 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

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


£500 Individual £600 Joint


  • Four weeks priority booking – unlimited seats
  • Priority booking wait list for sold out events
  • Invitation to attend a Dress Rehearsal for ticket holders
  • Personalised booking service
  • An opportunity to meet Festival artists
  • An invitation to attend the annual Festival Dinner at a special rate

Directors Circle

£1,500 Individual

Includes all Benefactor rewards plus

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

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


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


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


Wheeldon Trees Farm ‘Holiday Cottages’



Renishaw Hall

Find out more


Buxton Festival Foundation

Supporting Buxton International Festival for future generations to enjoy, the Foundation needs your help to grow an endowment fund to ensure the long term stability and development.

The Foundation has a Development Fund and is able to make grants to the Festival to facilitate improving the range diversity and quality of the programme.

In 2019 the Foundation is 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.

If you would like to help to ensure that the Festival you have loved in your lifetime can be enjoyed by future generations, please support the Buxton Festival Foundation, registered charity number 1096269.

Read more about the history of Buxton Festival Foundation here.

Buxton Festival Foundation Trustees

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

For more information about how the Foundation operates, please contact Jane Davies by email

Download the Legacy brochure

Download the Codicil Form