The nationally renowned Buxton Festival featuring opera, music and books will take place from 10 to 26 July. This year’s progamme features over 40 fascinating talks from best selling and award-winning authors, personalities, historical, artistic, poilitical and musical experts.
Speakers including Antonia Fraser, Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, William Waldegrave, Miriam Margolyes and Bill Oddie will appear at this year’s festival alongside best selling authors including Helen Macdonald, Louis De Bernieres, Penny Junor and Henry Marsh.
Special anniversaries for 2015 including the 150 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.
Experts on historial figures will also share their research with Festival audiences. AN Wilson presents a portrait of Queen Victoria, Andrew Robert shares his studies on Napoleon and Helen Castor explores the gripping life of Joan of Arc.
Hilarious novelist Kathy Lette is joined on the Opera House stage on Sunday 19 July by popular actress and author Maureen Lipman and TV stars Meera Syal and Ronni Ancona in a free-wheeling evening about their lives and careers.
The Festival will end with a superb Literary Lunch on Sunday 26 July at the Old Hall Hotel in partnership with The Oldie magazine. Acclaimed author Kate Mosse, BBC Foreign Reporter and historian Jonathan Fryer and Restaurater and renowned cookery book author Prue Leith will entertain guests after a three course meal.
The 16- day Festival also features opera from Verdi and Donizetti, an array of concerts and recitals from world renowned musicians and singers and popular Jazz sessions in the Pavilion Café. For further details on the packed programme visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk or call the Festival team on 01298 70395.
Notes to Editors:
Buxton Festival 2015 will take place between 10 – 26 July.This unique festival produces its own fully-staged professional operas, as well as showing touring operas, classical concerts and literary talks. Set within the historic spa town of Buxton, the Festival is renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere and attracts both dedicated opera lovers and those new to the genre. Visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk for more information or telephone 01298 70395.