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.
After the success of her musical improvisation on the film The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), Zorada Temmingh returns to the Festival with Phantom of the Opera. The 1925 American silent horror film is an adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House. Temmingh’s organ accompaniment of the film is based on music from the 19th century opera and ballet repertoire and uses well-known operatic motifs to depict themes and characters in the film. One of South Africa’s foremost organists, Temmingh pulls out all the stops to portray the emotional intensity of this black and white classic.