It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.
Please save the dates for next year’s Festival taking place 2 – 18 July 2021.
Derek Paravacini is registered blind, has autism and is a musical prodigy. At the age of two he began to play the piano for himself and over time he built his technique. He first shot to prominence when he played jazz with the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra at the Barbican at the age of nine. Performances around the world followed, and his ability to communicate with audiences remains inspirational. The quartet released its first album in 2014 and has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Their dynamic programme introduces exciting new renditions of classic songs and jazz standards, with a repertoire that ranges from ragtime to Radiohead, from Irving Berlin to the Beatles, from Cole Porter to Coldplay.