Mon 13 July 2020


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.

NCO Ensemble

A Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Op. 4

S Barber Adagio for Strings

R Strauss Metamorphosen (Septet version)

For this meditative evening concert, string players from the Northern Chamber Orchestra play three masterpieces which invite us to reflect on impending night. Schoenberg’s late-romantic masterpiece Verklärte Nacht, or ‘Transfigured Night‘ was written in a frenzy of creativity in 1899, inspired by his meeting with Mathilde von Zemlinsky, with whom he fell deeply in love and whom he would later marry.

The concert ends with Richard Strauss’ haunting Metamorphosen, played here in the Septet version. Written against the backdrop of the closing years of the Second World War, it is an introspective work, melancholy, but also evoking memories of happier times.

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