Packed programme for Buxton Festival

Buxton Opera House during the annual festival
Buxton Opera House during the annual festival

The 2015 Buxton Festival, which was launched last week at the town’s magnificent opera house, once again features a packed programme of events involving top names from the word of literature and music.

This year’s event runs from July 10 to 26 with the music series featuring 36 concerts from award-winning and internationally renowned singers and musicians. Concerts will take place at Buxton Opera House, the Pavilion Arts Centre, St John’s Church and the Pavilion Café, with those set to perform including the English Chamber Orchestra, singer Roderick Williams (star of the Last Night of the Proms in 2014), and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

Jazz will come from the Alex Yellowlees Band, James Pearson Trio featuring Lizzie Ball, Chetham’s Jazz Ensemble and BBC One Show favourite Jay Rayner.

The packed programme also includes Huddersfield Choral Society and the chance to hear distinguished violinists, guitarists, brass quintets, harpists and a unique musical mash up of lutes and ukuleles.

On the literary side, there will be over 40 talks from best selling and award-winning authors, personalities, historical, artistic, political and musical experts.

Speakers include Antonia Fraser, Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, William Waldegrave, Miriam Margolyes and Bill Oddie as well as best selling authors including Helen Macdonald, Louis De Bernieres, Penny Junor and Henry Marsh.

Special anniversaries for 2015, including the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, 800-year anniversary of Magna Carta and 200-year anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo, will be explored in fascinating talks by Robert Douglas–Fairhurst, Marc Morris and David Crane.

The festival will end with a literary lunch on July 26 featuring author Kate Mosse, BBC Foreign Reporter and historian Jonathan Fryer and restauranteur and renowned cookery book author Prue Leith.

For more details, visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk or call the festival team on 01298 70395.

The Buxton Spa Prize was also launched at last week’s event. The competition has categories for children, teenagers, young people and an open category with a first prize of £5,000 from the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and second and third cash prizes.

For further details on the competition, and how to enter, visit the website at www.buxtonspaprize.co.uk or email info@buxtonspaprize.co.uk.