Chief bows out after festival’s big success

BOWING OUT: Randall Shannon takes over the helm of the Buxton Festival from retiring Chief Executive Glyn Foley. Photo Robert Workman.
BOWING OUT: Randall Shannon takes over the helm of the Buxton Festival from retiring Chief Executive Glyn Foley. Photo Robert Workman.

The 34th Buxton Festival saw 19 days packed with opera, literary talks, music, walks and community projects that attracted an audience of more than 40,000.

Celebrities visiting the town to take part in the Festival included Joanna Lumley, Michael Morpurgo and Justin Webb. The arrival of scorching sunshine on the final week helped end the Festival on a high!

The event also marked the departure of Chief Executive, Glyn Foley, who retires after 14 years in post, and the arrival of Randall Shannon.

Randall brings a wealth of experience, having previously worked as an arts manager and consultant to a variety of arts organisations and film and television companies, holding Chief Executive roles at Opera Northern Ireland, Opera Theatre Company (Dublin) and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Randall said: “I am delighted to start work in Buxton, and look forward to the challenges of leading this wonderful organisation, which has thrived under Glyn’s leadership, through to the next phase of development.

“The audience’s reaction to this year’s Festival has been fantastic, and it’s been fascinating attending events and seeing the feedback first-hand from Festival visitors and local audiences.”

Excellent national reviews for Buxton Festival’s own opera productions this year included four stars from the Financial Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Mail on Sunday for Intermezzo.

The popular and growing literary series saw many sold-out talks and additional events added to meet demand.

Audiences queued across the Opera House forecourt to meet Joanna Lumley and Michael Morpurgo and have their books signed.

Staff are already working on next year’s Festival, which will run from July 5 - 23 2013.

The line-up is set to include Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and a Double Bill of Saint-Saens’s La princess jaune and Gounod’s La colombe.

To keep up to date on Festival information for next year visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk.