Royalty visits town to watch Buxton Gala

The Duke of Gloucester (centre) discusses the importance of tourism to the area's economy with Andrew Pugh, chairman of the tourist board (left), and David James, chief executive of the tourist board.
The Duke of Gloucester (centre) discusses the importance of tourism to the area's economy with Andrew Pugh, chairman of the tourist board (left), and David James, chief executive of the tourist board.
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Audience members at Buxton Opera House were in good company on Sunday as the Duke of Gloucester joined them to watch the gala.

Derbyshire dignitaries the High Sheriff and the Lord-Lieutenant were also in attendance.

The concert, part of the Buxton Festival, featured performances by soprano Claire Rutter and baritone Stephen Gadd.

The gala, which was sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, also featured music from the Northern Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Barlow, as well as arias and scenes from the much loved operas of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and Rossini.

The Duke, Prince Richard, said: “Buxton Festival has enriched the lives of countless people from the historic spa town, across the UK and beyond since 1979. It is clear that Buxton and it’s festival are entering a golden era.”

Randall Shannon the festival’s executive director said: “We are delighted by the success of the gala and very grateful that the Duke Of Gloucester could attend this special event.

“This is an exciting time for the renowned opera, music and literary event. We look forward to welcoming audiences to the festival whether this is their 35th or first festival.”

On Monday, the Duke visited Chatsworth House, the Agricultural Business Centre and Bakewell Visitor Centre.