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11–27 JULY 2014 A summertime celebration of opera, music & literature in the hills of the beautiful Peak District

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DIARY FRIDAY 11 JULY

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Mercedes-Benz Opera Gala Joe Stilgoe

SATURDAY 12 JULY 10.30am 12 noon 2pm 4.30pm 6pm 6.15pm 6.15pm 7.15pm 9pm

John Julius Norwich The Lawson Trio Linda Colley Irma Kurtz A Song at Six Friends’ Drinks Reception Pre-opera talk The Jacobin Joe Stilgoe & Natalie Williams

SUNDAY 13 JULY 10.30am 10.45am 12 noon 12 noon 1pm 2pm 2pm 2.30pm 3.30pm 7.15pm 9pm

Alex Danchev Festival Mass From your ever loving son, Jack Buxton’s Georgian Heritage walk Poetry writing workshop Jonathan Aitken The Woman on the Bridge Pre-opera talk Orfeo ed Euridice An Evening with Jeffrey Archer Innovation Chamber Ensemble

MONDAY 14 JULY 10.30am James W P Campbell 12 noon Yuanfan Yang 12 noon Edwardian and Arts & Crafts Buxton walk 2pm Rachel Cooke 3.15pm 4 Girls, 4 Harps 4.30pm Clive Aslet 6pm A Song at Six 8pm Lesley Garrett, Emma Johnson & Andrew West

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Peter Snow Roderick Williams & Gary Matthewman Jans Ondaatje Rolls Michael Chance & Paul Beier Hermione Lee A Song at Six Pre-opera talk The Jacobin

Robin Hanbury-Tenison Alicia’s Gift Future of Buxton’s Heritage walk Paddy Ashdown Endellion String Quartet A Song at Six Pre-opera talk Orfeo ed Euridice

THURSDAY 17 JULY 10.30am 12 noon 2pm 3.30pm 4.30pm 5pm 6pm 6.15pm 7.15pm

Antonia Fraser Schubert Ensemble Philippa Langley & Michael Jones Jessie Ann Richardson & Clare Hammond Organ Recital Miranda Seymour A Song at Six Pre-opera talk Otello – A Concert Performance

FRIDAY 18 JULY 9am Tim Birkhead 10.30am Claudia Roden 12 noon Sofya Gulyak 12 noon Buxton: Its Background & Beauty walk 2pm Sarah Raven 3.15pm La Serenissima – Angels & Devils 4.30pm John Goodby 6pm A Song at Six 6.15pm Pre-opera talk 7.15pm The Jacobin 9pm Patricia Hammond & The Ragtime Parlour Band 9.45pm Friends’ Party

SATURDAY 19 JULY 9am 10am 10.30am 11am 12 noon 2pm 3.30pm 6pm 6.15pm 7.15pm 9pm

Roger Scruton The Travelling Treasury Gyles Brandreth Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland NCO Wind Ensemble Simon Jenkins Rosalind Plowright & Philip Mountford A Song at Six Pre-opera talk Orfeo ed Euridice The Alex Garnett Quartet

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10.30am James Naughtie 12 noon Rozanna Madylus & Finnegan Downie-Dear 2pm Orwell Debate 3.15pm Scenes from an Opera: The Jacobin 4.30pm Emma Bridgewater 4.30pm Organ recital 6pm A Song at Six 6.15pm Pre-opera talk 7.15pm The Jacobin

The Travelling Treasury Alan Johnson Festival Mass A masterclass with Rosalind Plowright Historical fiction workshop Pre-opera talk Wilde Without The Boy Otello – A Concert Performance An Evening with James Naughtie Huddersfield Choral Society

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Shirley Williams Buxton’s Georgian Heritage walk Hallé Soloists Jung Chang Aquarelle Guitar Quartet Simon Heffer A Song at Six The Swingle Singers

TUESDAY 22 JULY 10.30am 12 noon 2pm 3.15pm 4.30pm 6pm 6.15pm 7.15pm

Kate Adie Alessandro Taverna Philip Hook Djordje Gajic Gareth Williams A Song at Six Pre-opera talk Orfeo ed Euridice

WEDNESDAY 23 JULY 9am 10.30am 12 noon 2pm 3.45pm 6pm 6.15pm 7.15pm

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Michael Scott Vicky Pryce Scenes from an Opera: Orfeo Anthony King The Fibonacci Sequence A Song at Six Pre-opera talk Gloria – A Pigtale

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Lucinda Hawksley Adrian Butterfield & Julian Perkins Buxton: Its Background & Beauty walk Max Hastings Symphonic Brass of London The Crime Panel A Song at Six Pre-opera talk Orfeo ed Euridice 100 Years of Jazz in 99 minutes

SATURDAY 26 JULY 9am 10am 10.30am 12 noon 1.30pm 2pm 2.30pm 6pm 6.15pm 7.15pm 9pm

Robert Bartlett Magical Storytelling Yurt Margaret Drabble The Fibonacci Sequence Pre-opera talk Lisa Appignanesi Gloria – A Pigtale A Song at Six Pre-opera talk Otello – A Concert Performance Peggy, Duke & Benny

SUNDAY 27 JULY 10am 10.30am 11.15am 12 noon 12.30pm 1pm 2pm 2.15pm 3.15pm 7.15pm 9pm

Magical Storytelling Yurt Toby Wilkinson Festival Mass Psappha Friends’ lunch Novel writing workshop Kirsty Wark Pre-opera talk The Jacobin An Evening with Ranulph Fiennes Gillian Keith & Northern Chamber Orchestra

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THANK YOU Buxton Festival welcomes the support of the following major partners in 2014: Arts Council England Countess of Munster Musical Trust Derbyshire County Council High Peak Borough Council Benefactors of Buxton Festival Patrons of Buxton Festival Friends of Buxton Festival Buxton Festival Foundation Banner Jones Solicitors Buxton Crescent Hotel & Thermal Spa Partnership Central Technology Cresta Court Hotel Double Tree by Hilton Sheffield The Fox and Goose The Granada Foundation Grant Thornton Hewson & Howson Chartered Accountants Hidden Hearing Ltd

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H L Brown Investec Wealth & Investment Mercedes-Benz NADFAS The Old Hall Hotel The Oldie Oxford Lieder Thornbridge Brewery Waterstones Virgin Trains The University of Derby

No 6 The Square Tearooms The Palace Hotel Pure Buxton Simply Thai Waitrose Buxton Festival Literary Series is presented in association with Waterstones

We also thank the following local partners for their important support in 2014: Best Western Lee Wood Hotel Brooke-Taylors Solicitors Buxton Advertiser Buxton Antiques Fair Cromford Mills Derby Quad The Green Pavilion Florist High Peak Radio

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a true celebration of consistency and growth, all the more gratifyingly for the straitened times in which we are living. This m is no paradox, as it’s clear 5p .4 6 – 6.15pm that the Arts demonstrate tre n e C s rt A n Pavilio instinctive, energetic creativity on the one hand Tickets: Free andpa.1hunger for them on the other. Buxton’s summer 3) (see festival, amidst some beautiful architecture, continues to be multi-faceted, a prism which reflects brightly on a broad range of opera, concerts, literary and other events, delivering established artistry and writers hand in hand with the best of emerging talent.

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As ever, opera production is the central pillar of the Festival and requires most resource and expenditure on people and the technical prowess of set building and lighting at the very least. Each opera production creates a family of a kind devoted for two months to one aim, the provision of a satisfying theatrical experience that interprets and illuminates an opera m audience in a way from page to stage 10.15pan m–absorbs 7.15pand that is memorable. At Buxton we concentrate on a se u o H pera not so often performed, but Operhaps repertoire that is 59 –£the kets: £15and our choices are thoughtful rarity of an opera Tic

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is balanced with its quality and appeal to artists and audiences alike. More often than not, it’s hoped that we can remind ourselves why a seminal opera, like Gluck’s Orfeo for example, should be seen more often, and it’s with huge pleasure that we can present an artist of such calibre as Michael Chance (Orfeo) to demonstrate why. Similarly, when we cannot stretch to a full production it makes sense to present a masterpiece such as Rossini’s Otello in concert performances. Once again, the Festival’s daily schedule demonstrates that the draw of Buxton’s buoyant atmosphere and the company’s ethos of commitment and enthusiasm, along with the sheer beauty of the surrounding area, brings many artists together mixing happily with patrons and visitors, whether here for a fleeting moment or a few days. I hope you’ll take full advantage of the careful planning that goes into ensuring that total immersion is a real possibility, knowing that when a literary talk ends mid-morning, you could easily slip with hardly any effort into event after event through to the late evening, especially now that late-night jazz and classical concerts have grown in number. Buxton Festival is unique in this respect, and whilst there is something for everyone, even the more choosy amongst you will find exploration more than fruitful. Stephen Barlow Artistic Director

HOW TO USE THIS BROCHURE Opera

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You can see all the events we have on offer at a glance on a day-to-day basis. To make it even clearer, the different series have been colour-coded and you’ll find the key at the bottom of each right-hand page. All the most up-to-date information on all Festival events can be found at the Buxton Festival website – www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

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THE JACOBIN

Buxton Opera House Saturday 12, Tuesday 15, Friday 18, Thursday 24 July 7.15pm–10pm Sunday 27 July 3.15pm–6pm Tickets: £15–£59

ANTONIN DVORˇ ÁK (1841–1904)

Count Harasova Matthew Best

Conductor Stephen Barlow

An opera in three acts Libretto by Marie Cˇervinková-Riegrová

Bohusˇ Nicholas Lester

Director Stephen Unwin

Sung in English in a translation by Rodney Blumer

Adolf James McOran-Campbell

Designer Jonathan Fensom

Julie Anne Sophie Duprels

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Bohusˇ, a young gentleman, returns incognito to his home-town in Bohemia, with his wife Julie. His mother is dead and his father, Count Harasova, has disowned him, following a rumour that Bohusˇ has become a Parisian revolutionary – a Jacobin – and has made his wily nephew, Adolf, his heir. Meanwhile, the Count’s steward, Philip, pays court to the schoolmaster Benda’s daughter, Terinka, who is, however, in love with one of the town lads, Jirˇí. Family and romantic misunderstandings abound before matters are resolved in a rousing denouement. Dvorˇák’s opera creates a romantic village atmosphere, with sentimental action and open-hearted lyricism.

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A Buxton Festival Production with the Buxton Festival Chorus and Northern Chamber Orchestra

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For Sunday opera matinées transport will be provided from Macclesfield station before and after the performance. Please see p.53 for details.

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ORFEO ED EURIDICE

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK (1714–87)

Orfeo Michael Chance

Libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi

Euridice Barbara Bargnesi

An opera in three acts, in the Vienna version of 1762 A Buxton Festival Production with the Buxton Festival Chorus and Northern Chamber Orchestra Orfeo, distraught with grief following the death of his wife, Euridice, is told by Amore (Cupid) that he can travel to the Underworld, where his singing will charm the Furies and return her to life. However, if Orfeo looks at Euridice before she is returned to life, he will lose her forever.

Conductor Stuart Stratford Director Stephen Medcalf

Wednesday 16, Saturday 19, Tuesday 22, Friday 25 July 7.15pm–9.15pm Tickets: £15–£59

Designer Frances O’Connor Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth

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Gluck’s version of the classical myth of Orpheus is a milestone both in Gluck’s work and in the history of opera, being the first of his ‘reform’ operas, replacing the overly complicated plots and music of opera seria with a ‘noble simplicity’ in both music and drama.

Amore Daisy Brown

Sunday 13 July 3.30pm–5.30pm

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Sung in Italian with English surtitles

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OTELLO – A CONCERT PERFORMANCE

GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792–1868)

Otello Sara Fulgoni

Dramma in three acts

Rodrigo Alessandro Luciano

Lauded by the Venetian Doge for his famous victories against the Turks, Moorish naval captain Otello has secretly married Desdemona, against the wishes of her father, Elmiro. Otello has incurred the jealousy of his ambitious lieutenant Iago and the Doge’s son, Rodrigo (who is himself in love with Desdemona). Unaware of the marriage, Rodrigo attempts to woo Desdemona himself, fuelling Otello’s jealous rage, and leading to ultimate tragedy.

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Emilia Carolyn Dobbin Lucio Leonel Pinheiro Doge Mikael Onelius Gondoliere Andrew Brown Conductor Stephen Barlow

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Rossini’s 1816 hugely dramatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy of jealousy departs somewhat from the play’s plot, but is especially notable for its original and highly sympathetic portrayal of the character of Desdemona and its superb third act (‘the third act of Otello established its reputation so firmly that a thousand errors could not shake it. This third act is really godlike ...’ – Giacomo Meyerbeer).

Iago Nicky Spence

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A concert performance from Buxton Festival, with the Buxton Festival Chorus and Northern Chamber Orchestra

Thursday 17 July 7.15pm–10.15pm, Sunday 20 July 2.30pm–5.30pm, Saturday 26 July 7.15pm–10.15pm

Desdemona Kate Ladner

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Libretto by Francesco Maria Berio di Salsi, based on Shakespeare’s play Othello

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For Sunday opera matinées transport will be provided from Macclesfield station before and after the performance. Please see p.53 for details.

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GLORIA – A PIGTALE

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Gloria Gillian Keith

Conductor Geoffrey Patterson

The opposite of Love is Sausage

Solo pig and other roles Jessica Walker

Director Frederic Wake-Walker

Gerhard and other roles Andrew Dickinson

Designer Mamoru Iriguchi

Farmer and other roles Charles Rice

Lighting Designer Cis O’Boyle

Music by HK Gruber Libretto by Rudolf Herfurtner English translation by Amanda Holden Co-produced by Mahogany Opera Group, Bregenz Festival and Buxton Festival Gloria is a lonely pig looking for love. She falls for the butcher and is about to get the chop when Rodney the wild boar comes to her rescue. Amidst the yodelling frogs, blues-singing cows, Hollywood hotdogs and a fascist rally in a pigsty, HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtale takes a zany operatic sideswipe at right-wing politics.

Rodrigo and other roles Sion Goronwy

Performed by five human sausages and a big band, this ‘cabaret opera’ mixes varied musical styles – jazz, blues, Bavarian oompah, Mahler and Wagner. Frederic Wake-Walker’s production sets the darkly comic piece in a burlesque butcher’s shop with echoes of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret.

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Pavilion Gardens...

...experience much  more than Opera cupFREE Overlooking 23-acres of award winning  landscaped gardens, why not join us for  breakfast, lunch or dinner or simply a quick  drink before or after the performance at  the Pavilion Café and choose from a  mouth-watering variety of home cooked  dishes with locally sourced ingredients from  our specially selected Festival Menu.

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Buxton Festival will be utilising the Pavilion  Arts Centre at Pavilion Gardens, which will  conveniently provide customers with the  opportunity to experience the other great  facilities including the Pavilion Coffee Bar  and Gift Boutique. Open 9.30am-7pm, Mon-Sun during the Festival. * In conjunction with ‘main’ meal purchase from our menu in the Pavilion Café only, your free cup of regular tea or coffee can be redeemed by producing your Pavilion Arts Centre or Opera House theatre ticket on the day of the performance. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Limited to one drink per person. Offer limited to date on ticket only. Offer available until 31 December 2014.

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FRIDAY 11 JULY MERCEDES-BENZ OPERA GALA 8pm–10pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£45 Susan Bullock soprano Richard Berkeley-Steele tenor Stephen Barlow conductor with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Buxton Festival Chorus and the Kinder Children’s Choir (Founder-Director: Joyce Ellis MBE) Introduced by Sean Rafferty Weber Overture Oberon Wagner Winterstu˝rme & Du bist der Lenz, Die Walku˝re Wagner Bridal Chorus, Lohengrin Rachmaninov Vocalise Wagner In fernem Land, Lohengrin Wagner Dich, teure Halle, Tannhauser Lehár Introduction, Dance & Vilja, The Merry Widow Johann Strauss II Overture, Der Karneval in Rom Lehár Wer hat die Liebe uns in Herz gesenkt, Land of Smiles Humperdinck Dance Duet, Evening Prayer & Pantomime, Hansel & Gretel Lehár Meine Lippen, sie ku˝ssen so heiss, Giuditta Lehár Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, Land of Smiles Lehár, Lippen Schweigen, The Merry Widow Sieczyn ´ ski Vienna, City of My Dreams The 2014 Festival opens with a fabulous gala concert of operatic highlights, starring two of Britain’s most renowned singers, in an evening featuring the Wagnerian repertoire for which they’re best known as well as popular Viennese music. Susan Bullock is one of the world’s most sought-after dramatic sopranos. In recent seasons she has appeared as Wagner’s Brünnhilde in opera houses across the world. She became the first ever soprano to sing four consecutive cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Highly regarded in the Heldentenor repertoire, Richard Berkeley-Steele is known for roles in operas by Wagner, Richard Strauss and Britten, his recent performances include Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. They are joined by the popular Kinder Children’s Choir, of which Susan Bullock is Vice President.

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JOE STILGOE Songs on Film 9pm–10.30pm Pavilion Café Tickets: £18 Singer, pianist, composer and entertainer Joe Stilgoe and his band get our jazz series in the Pavilion Café off to a toe-tapping start. Joe has appeared at Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, The London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and in jazz clubs from New York to Berlin to Kuala Lumpur. He has worked extensively on radio, appearing on The Now Show, Loose Ends and The Horne Section for Radio 4, Jazz Line Up and In Tune for Radio 3 and has been a contributor and special guest with Michael Parkinson, Richard Madeley, Alan Carr and numerous other Radio 2 programmes including four appearances on Friday Night Is Music Night. Sponsored by

Then check out the Pavilion Gardens’ Night Food & Drink Festival, from 4pm–11pm tonight

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SATURDAY 12 JULY

JOHN JULIUS NORWICH Darling Monster: The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to her Son John Julius Norwich 1939–52 10.30am–11.30am Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 John Julius Norwich has collected the letters between himself and his mother, Lady Diana Cooper – aristocrat, society darling, an actress of stage and early screen, who married rising political star Duff Cooper. Together they became the golden couple at the very heart of British public life. The letters take us from the rumblings of war, through the Blitz, to Duff’s appointment as British Ambassador to France, and the couple settling into the glorious embassy in postLiberation Paris. As a portrait of a time and some of history’s most dramatic and important events, these letters are invaluable. But they also give us a vivid and touching portrait of the love between a mother and son, separated by war, oceans – and the constraints of the time they lived in.

TODAY IS BUXTON CARNIVAL DAY Enjoy all the fun on offer in the town and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your chosen Festival events

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THE LAWSON TRIO 12 noon–1pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £15 Mozart Piano Trio in C, K548 Judith Weir Piano Trio Two Ravel Piano Trio in A minor Gaining recognition for powerful interpretations of both new and established repertoire, the Lawson Trio appears at major venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, King’s Place and Southbank Centre. Selected as a featured artist for recent seasons by Park Lane Group and Music in the Round, their concerts have also been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classic FM. Their debut CD, The Long Way Home, featuring new British music, met with critical acclaim and was awarded five stars in the BBC Music Magazine. ‘deeply-felt response, unfolding the score to full advantage’ – Tempo Magazine

LINDA COLLEY Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion 2pm–3pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 In a year that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, historian Linda Colley analyses some of the forces that have unified Britain in the past. She examines the mythology of Britishness, and how far – and why – it has faded. She discusses the Acts of Union with Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and their limitations, and considers how the pieces might be put together anew.

A SONG AT SIX 6pm–6.10pm Pavilion Gardens Bandstand Tickets: Free Enjoy an al fresco Song at Six with members of the Festival Chorus.

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PRE-OPERA TALK 6.15pm–6.45pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: Free Fascinating insights into the creation of this year’s operas.

FRIENDS’ DRINKS RECEPTION Old Hall Hotel 6.15pm–7pm Tickets: £10 Come and enjoy a preperformance drink and nibbles with Festival Friends in the historic Old Hall Hotel just opposite the theatre.

IRMA KURTZ My Life in Agony 4.30pm–5.30pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 As Cosmopolitan’s professional agony aunt for the last 40 years, Irma Kurtz has had to deal with the most intimate problems of successive generations of readers, while having to keep up with the changing mores and attitudes in British and American society. Now she looks back on the seismic transformations that have taken place over the last four decades: from mother-daughter relationships through to eating disorders, from office politics to those perennial areas of interest: love and sex.

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THE JACOBIN 7.15pm–10pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£59 (see p.6)

JOE STILGOE & NATALIE WILLIAMS 9pm–10.30pm Pavilion Café Tickets: £18 Joe Stilgoe returns to the Pavilion Café, joined by MOBO-nominated singer-songwriter, Natalie Williams. Now in the seventh year of running and hosting her monthly residency, Soul Family Sundays, at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Natalie has toured extensively around the globe, performing at a number of the world’s leading live music events including opening the London Jazz Festival (2009) at the Barbican with Guy Barker’s Jazz Voice, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Glastonbury Festival, the Royal Jubilee Pageant and at the Royal Albert Hall for the Urban Music Prom. Whether she’s featuring as a sensational singer-songwriter, producer, promoter, or champion of burgeoning talent, she’ll forever be the epitome of a true artist. Sponsored by

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SUNDAY 13 JULY ALEX DANCHEV The Letters of Paul Cézanne 10.30am–11.30am Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 Over 250 examples of Cézanne’s letters survive, to family, friends and major figures from the literary and art worlds. Biographer Alex Danchev has produced a new translation of the letters, which are punctuated by exasperated theorising and philosophical reflection, outbursts of creative ecstasy and melancholic confession, revealing both the heroic and the all-too-human qualities of the exemplary artistcreator of the modern age. Supported by

FROM YOUR EVER LOVING SON, JACK Joshua Ellicott tenor Simon Lepper piano 12 noon–1pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £15 The year is 1915. Nineteen-yearold Jack Ellicott has signed up to join his pals in fighting the ‘queer one’. Compiled by his greatnephew, the tenor Joshua Ellicott, Jack’s letters are at times funny, surprising and deeply moving, a portrait of a youth on the cusp of manhood, with all of its joys and sorrows. The interspersed songs reflect Jack’s directness and form a moving and unique musical portrait. We do not hear the usual responses to the carnage of the First World War but a selection of music that runs deeper and more directly to reveal ‘our Jack’ and the huge personal sacrifice offered by so many in this tragic period of history.

FESTIVAL MASS Mozart – Missa brevis in B-flat major, K275

FESTIVAL WALK Buxton’s Georgian Heritage

Buxton Madrigal Singers and Orchestra, with soloists from Buxton Festival Chorus

12 noon–1pm Pavilion Gardens Bandstand Tickets: £6

10.45am–12 noon St John’s Church To be recorded by the BBC for future broadcast

Discover the importance of the Georgian period in Buxton and how the town developed during this ‘Age of Wonder’. The walk, led by Ellen Outram, will include the magnificent buildings which we see today, stories from the important visitors and the local history from this definitive period of huge social change.

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POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP F Philip Holland 1pm–3pm Lee Wood Hotel Tickets: £20 (including tea & coffee) Providing an opportunity to share your work, critique poetry and explore and discuss the origins and history of poetry and how it has evolved, Philip will also share his experiences of entering poetry competitions and performing poetry.

JONATHAN AITKEN Margaret Thatcher – Power & Personality 2pm–3pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 Former MP and cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken gives his insider’s view of Margaret Thatcher’s story. From first meeting her when she was a junior shadow minister in the mid-1960s, during her time as leader of the Opposition when he was a close family friend, and as a Member of Parliament throughout her years in power, Aitken had a ringside seat at many private and public spectacles in the Thatcher saga.

PRE-OPERA TALK 2.30pm–3pm Buxton Opera House Tickets: Free (see p.13)

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Wireless Theatre THE WOMAN ON THE BRIDGE

An Evening with JEFFREY ARCHER His Life & Times

2pm–3pm Palace Hotel Tickets: £10

In conversation with Chris Beetles

Chatsworth House during the Second World War. The Devonshire family make way for an evacuated girls’ school, the grand interiors converted to dormitories and classrooms. Pupils Ceri and Gwyneth explore these new surroundings and their history, above and below stairs. But a ghost story about a screaming woman on the bridge in the grounds seems disturbingly true – and all the more disturbing for the parallels it presents with the secret love affair they discover their charismatic teacher Miss Cairns is involved in …

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Derbyshire’s grandest country house becomes the setting for the live recording of a radio drama based on genuine local folklore, as subtle and suggestive as The Turn Of The Screw, as chilling as The Woman In Black, brought to you by the awardwinning radio production team who created last year’s live recording, Redder Than Roses.

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ORFEO ED EURIDICE 3.30pm–5.30pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£59 (see p.7)

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INNOVATION CHAMBER ENSEMBLE 9pm–10.30pm St John’s Church Tickets: £17 (unreserved), £20 (reserved) Schönberg Verklärte Nacht, Op 4 Mozart Grand Sestetto Concertante in E flat, K364 Strauss Metamorphosen The Innovation Chamber Ensemble presents performances of the highest calibre in venues that would be impossible for the Ensemble’s bigger cousin, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, of which ICE are the principal string players. The Ensemble’s repertoire is hugely diverse. including standards by Bach and Vivaldi and the great Romantic masters as well as the 20th century giants of Bartók, Britten, Stravinsky and Schönberg. ICE has also performed chamber reductions of various large-scale works such as the 4th Symphony of Mahler and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and is also firmly committed to the works of living composers.

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It has often been said that Jeffrey Archer’s own story would make an international bestseller. Now Lord Archer kicks off our new series of Sunday evenings with famous figures. From his time at Oxford and his athletic prowess; to his political career; his writing of his first novel to clear debts from disastrous investments and his subsequent career as a bestselling novelist (he’s now published in 97 countries and more than 37 languages, with international sales passing 250 million copies); his time as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party; campaign for Mayor of London; his prison term for perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice; his philanthropic work – this promises to be an extraordinary evening in the company of one of Britain’s most fascinating characters. A lifetime art lover and collector, and one of Britain’s most successful charitable auctioneers, Jeffrey Archer is joined onstage by his friend, art dealer Chris Beetles.

BUXTON FESTIVAL FRINGE For a taster of the Buxton Festival Fringe, drop in to Fringe Sunday in the Pavilion Gardens from 2pm–4.30pm

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MONDAY 14 JULY JAMES W P CAMPBELL The Library

YUANFAN YANG piano

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James W P Campbell, Fellow in Architecture and History of Art, Queens’ College, Cambridge, presents a beautifully illustrated history of library buildings, a timely reminder that in spite of grim reports of library closures, the finest and most sumptuous libraries are not only repositories for storing and lending books, but provide a space for creativity, contemplation and learning.

Beethoven Sonata in C, Op 53 ‘Waldstein’ Yuanfan Yang Waves Schumann Romance in F#, Op 28, No 2 Rachmaninov Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 36

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Hailed as ‘a giant of the keyboard’ (John Amis, Music Opinion), 16-year-old pianist Yuanfan Yang has impressed audiences and critics by performing with ‘the assurance and feeling that would have been the envy of many high ranking soloists twice his age’ (Peter Harrison, Yorkshire Times), as well as possessing an ability to ‘make the piano sound more than human’ (Milos Karadaglic on Yuanfan’s performance in the BBC Young Musician 2012 Grand Final).

FESTIVAL WALK Edwardian and Arts & Crafts Buxton 12 noon–1pm Pavilion Gardens Bandstand Tickets: £6 Clive Aslet, who will presenting a literary talk later this afternoon, joins local expert Richard Tuffrey for a walk around Buxton’s Edwardian and Arts & Crafts past.

RACHEL COOKE In conversation with Ariane Bankes Her Brilliant Career 2pm–3pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 Who was the 1950s British woman? Rachel Cooke revisits and rediscovers an entertaining and unforgettable cast of ten career women who inspired, influenced and sometimes shocked the decade. These women of the Fifties were extraordinary but they were also quintessentially of the years that brought us the electric mixer, the first Miss World contest and the publications of Lessing’s The Grass is Singing and de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex.

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4 GIRLS, 4 HARPS 3.15pm–4.15pm St John’s Church Tickets: £12 (unreserved), £15 (reserved) Handel Sarabande & Variations in D minor from Suite No 4 Ravel Three Pieces from Ma Mère l’Oye Tárrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra Lecuono Malagueña Longstaff Saraswati Rachmaninov 18th Variation from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Shostakovich Waltz No 2 from Suite for Variety Orchestra Piazzolla Milonga del Angel and Libertango Since their formation in 2000, 4 Girls 4 Harps have been heard in numerous venues and festivals in the UK and across Europe, delighting audiences with their dynamic performances and innovative repertoire. 4 Girls 4 Harps’ debut album, Fireworks and Fables, was released in 2009 and showcases their own arrangements of impressionist works by Ravel and Saint-Saëns as well as new works by the group’s own composers Harriet Adie and Eleanor Turner. ‘Ensemble is watertight and there is a real rhythmic élan to the playing which keeps you listening’ – BBC Music Magazine

LESLEY GARRETT soprano EMMA JOHNSON clarinet CLIVE ASLET An Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams 4.30pm–5.30pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 The Editor-at-Large for Country Life charts the fascinating history of American investment in British country houses, in the form of wealthy, eligible heiresses to fortunes like the Vanderbilts’, fabulously wealthy industrialists and self-made men like William Waldorf Astor, and newspaper magnates like Randolph Hearst. It is a remarkable and unlikely juxtaposition of two very different cultures, which changed the architecture, the society and the character of our country houses, forever.

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Andrew West piano 8pm–10pm Buxton Opera House Tickets: £15–£25 Two of our most glamorous and versatile performers appear together for the first time in a programme for the soprano voice and its instrumental counterpart the clarinet. Lesley Garrett and Emma Johnson are celebrated for their achievements in classical music, making it popular, moving and fun. They have the ability to communicate their work to a wider audience because they strip away a lot of the mystique, performing with openness, generosity and enthusiasm in many genres and styles. Bringing two such performers together – supported by Andrew West – you can expect sparks to fly and much pleasure to be had. Sponsored by

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TUESDAY 15 JULY

PETER SNOW When Britain Burned The White House 10.30am–11.30am Buxton Opera House Tickets: £12 Peter Snow retells this extraordinary confrontation between Britain and the United States 200 years ago, the outcome of which inspired America’s national anthem. Using eyewitness accounts, Snow describes the colourful personalities on both sides of this astonishing battle: from Britain’s fiery Admiral Cockburn, to the cautious but widely popular army commander Robert Ross and the beleaguered President James Madison whose nation was besieged by a greater military force. Supported by

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RODERICK WILLIAMS baritone GARY MATTHEWMAN piano

Baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Gary Matthewman present a programme commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

12 noon–1pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £15

Roderick Williams has sung concert repertoire with all the BBC orchestras, and many other ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches SymphonieOrchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen, Le Concert Spirituel, and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

Arthur Somervell The street sounds to the soldiers’ tread Ivor Gurney Black Stitchel Martin Shaw Venizel Ivor Gurney In Flanders John Ireland The Cost Charles Ives In Flanders Fields Ivor Gurney Captain Stratton’s Fancy William Denis Browne To Gratiana, Singing and Dancing Ernest Farrar Silent Noon George Butterworth The lads in their hundreds John Ireland The soldier Elaine Hugh-Jones Futility Anthony Payne Adlestrop Gerald Finzi Harvest Ian Venables Flying Crooked Ian Venables Pain Ralph Vaughan Williams The twilight people Gerald Finzi Only a man harrowing clods from Requiem da Camera

Gary Matthewman is now established as one of Britain’s leading accompanists, having accompanied Sir Thomas Allen, Sumi Jo, Simon Keenlyside, Kate Royal and Ian Bostridge. In 2009 Gary conceived the Lied in London recitals, dedicated to the performance of song in a relaxed and intimate setting.

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JANS ONDAATJE ROLLS The Bloomsbury Cookbook 2pm–3pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10

HERMIONE LEE Penelope Fitzgerald – A Life 4.30pm–5.30pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 Biographer Hermione Lee pursues the life, writing, and secret self of great English writer Penelope Fitzgerald, who won the Booker Prize for her novel Offshore in 1979, and whose last work, The Blue Flower, was acclaimed as a work of genius. Fitzgerald’s life is as various and as cryptic as her fiction. She was first published at sixty and became famous at eighty. This is a story of lateness, patience and persistence: a private form of heroism. Loved and admired, and increasingly recognised as one of the outstanding novelists of her time, she remains, also, mysterious and intriguing.

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MICHAEL CHANCE Countertenor PAUL BEIER lute and theorbo Unquiet Thoughts

The Bloomsbury Group fostered a fresh, creative and vital way of living that encouraged debate and communication, as often as not across the dining table. Jans Ondaatje Rolls tells the Bloomsbury story in seven chapters, each one enhanced with an appropriate recipe, along with sketches, paintings, photographs, letters and handwritten notes – a must for lovers of literature and food alike.

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3.15pm–4.15pm St John’s Church Tickets: £12 (unreserved), £15 (reserved) Purcell Oh Fair Cedaria Purcell Queen’s Epicedium (Incassum Lesbia rogas) Dowland Come Sweet Love: Flow my teares Come way, come sweet love I saw my lady weepe Lute Solo In Darkness: Eyes look no more Lady if you so spite me In darkness let me dwell Lute Solo A pilgrim’s solace: Thou mighty God When David’s life When the poor cripple Lute Solo Purcell Music for a while Purcell O solitude

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Michael Chance, who plays Orfeo in our production of Orfeo ed Euridice, has established a worldwide reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the male alto voice in all areas of the classical repertoire, and is in equal demand as an opera, concert and recording artist. In this unique concert, he joins forces with lutenist Paul Beier, who has performed in Europe, North and South America and Australia as soloist, director of Galatea, member of various groups and as continuo player in orchestral and opera productions. His solo lute repertoire extends from the Italian Cinquecento to the music of Bach and Weiss. Founder and director of Galatea, he has also collaborated with Aglaia, Aurora, La Cetra, Ensemble Concerto, Nova Ars Cantandi, Pacific Baroque, La Risonanza, and many more.

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THE JACOBIN 7.15pm–10pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£59 (see p.6)

PRE-OPERA TALK 6.15pm–6.45pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: Free (see p.13)

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WEDNESDAY 16 JULY FESTIVAL WALK The Future of Buxton’s Heritage

ALICIA’S GIFT – THE CONCERT OF THE NOVEL

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Viv McLean piano Jessica Duchen author/narrator

From the Opera House, Slopes and Pavilion Gardens to the Devonshire Royal Campus and the ambitious plans for the Crescent and Thermal Spa, Buxton’s rich architectural heritage is enjoying a new lease of life through a programme of heritage-led regeneration. Conservation expert Richard Tuffrey leads a walk taking in all of these projects and more, looking at their recent and past history and some of the issues surrounding their restoration.

ROBIN HANBURY-TENISON The Modern Explorers

12 noon–1pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £15 Jessica Duchen’s acclaimed novel Alicia’s Gift – set in Buxton – explores the effect that a child prodigy musician can have on a family – and vice-versa. It follows the youthful pianist Alicia and her embattled parents from the discovery of her talent through to her adulthood, when she must face harsh truths about herself, her guidance and her gift ... In this unique concert presentation, words and music unite in a closely integrated narrative, telling the story along with musical works including Chopin’s Ballade No 3, Ravel’s Sonatine and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

10.30am–11.30am Opera House Tickets: £12 Today, exploration has never been more popular and any idea that there is nowhere left to explore is instantly disproved by the contemporary explorers who Robin Hanbury-Tenison showcases. He vividly describes challenging and extraordinary expeditions to some of the remotest parts of the world, in extremes of temperature and aridity, often alone and on the edge of danger.

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PADDY ASHDOWN In conversation with Dame Janet Smith A Bitter Victory: Vercors, D-Day and the French Resistance

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Haydn String Quartet in G, Op 76 No 1 Ravel String Quartet in F Beethoven String Quartet in F, Op 69 No 1 ‘Rasumovsky’

Paddy Ashdown returns to the Festival to tell the long-neglected D-Day story of the Resistance uprising and subsequent massacre on the Vercors massif – the largest action by the French Resistance during the Second World War. Early in 1941, three separate groups of plotters – one military, one political, one intellectual – began to plan to hasten the departure of the German occupiers; to restore the pride of France after its fall and the humiliations of the puppet Vichy government which followed; and to build a new France. It would be a journey from early idealism through hope, misjudgement, folly, despair, sacrifice and slaughter to a kind of terrible victory.

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The Endellion String Quartet celebrates its 35th year in the 2013–14 season. The Endellion is renowned as one of the finest quartets in the world. Over the years, its schedule has included regular tours of North and South America and concerts in Australasia, the Far East, the Middle East, South Africa and every West European country. Everywhere, the Endellion String Quartet ‘sets the audience ablaze’ – Daily Telegraph and ‘captivates concertgoers with a remarkable rapport, playing to each other with a sense almost of discovery, communicating to the audience on a level of unusual intimacy’– Guardian.

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A SONG AT SIX 6pm–6.10pm Pavilion Gardens Bandstand Tickets: Free (see p.12)

PRE-OPERA TALK 6.15pm–6.45pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: Free (see p.13)

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ORFEO ED EURIDICE 7.15pm–9.15pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£59 (see p.7)

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THURSDAY 17 JULY THE SCHUBERT ENSEMBLE 12 noon–1.30pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £19 Beethoven Piano Trio WoO 39 Dvorˇák Piano Trio in E minor, Op 90 ‘Dumky’ Schubert Piano Trio in E flat, D929

ANTONIA FRASER In conversation with Dame Janet Smith Mary, Queen of Scots 10.30am–11.30am Buxton Opera House Tickets: £12 Antonia Fraser celebrates the 40th anniversary of her bestselling biography of one of history’s most romantic and controversial figures – and one with her own connection to Buxton! Mary Queen of Scots’ story remains as compelling today as when the book was first published. ‘Antonia Fraser long ago mastered the art of writing meticulous history so that it reads like an engrossing novel’ – Sunday Times

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Celebrating 30 years at the forefront of British chamber music, the Schubert Ensemble is firmly established as Britain’s leading exponent of music for piano and strings. Familiar to audiences across the world, the Ensemble has been hailed for its dedication and commitment to both traditional and contemporary repertoire. It has over 80 commissions to its name, has recorded over 30 critically acclaimed CDs, and is familiar to British audiences through regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. ‘outstanding in every respect’ – The Guardian

PHILIPPA LANGLEY & MICHAEL JONES The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III 2pm–3pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 For 10 years, screenwriter Philippa Langley and historian Michael Jones shared a vision to find the real Richard III – the lost king buried underneath centuries of hostile propaganda – and, in an incredible find, uncovered his remains beneath a car park in Leicester. The King’s Grave traces this remarkable journey and is a unique collaboration between two of the people who made it happen.

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JESSIE ANN RICHARDSON cello CLARE HAMMOND piano 3.30pm–4.30pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £15 Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19 Schubert ‘Arpeggione Sonata’ in A minor, D821 Cellist Jessie Ann Richardson is rapidly establishing herself as both a soloist and chamber musician around the UK and Europe, having thrilled audiences with her virtuoso and sensitive musicianship. Chosen by the Park Lane Group for their prestigious Young Artist Series, Jessie made her London Purcell Room Debut in January 2011. Acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as a pianist of ‘amazing power and panache’, Clare Hammond has performed across Europe, Russia and Canada and appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall and the Bridgewater Hall. A passionate advocate of 20th and 21st century music, Clare combines a formidable technique and virtuosic flair onstage with stylistic integrity and attention to detail. Supported by the

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PRE-OPERA TALK 6.15pm–6.45pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: Free (see p.13)

4.30pm–5.30pm St John’s Church Tickets: £10 (unreserved) A recital on the four manual Hill Organ in the glorious acoustic of St John’s Church.

Miranda Seymour recounts the rich and heart-breaking story of the long and complicated relationship between Britain and Germany – told through the lives of kings and painters, soldiers and sailors, sugar-bakers and bankers, charlatans and saints – of two countries so entwined that one man, asked for his allegiance in 1916, said he didn’t know because it felt as though his parents had quarrelled. Thirteen years of Nazi power can never be forgotten. But should 13 years blot out four centuries of a profound, if rivalrous, friendship?

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ORGAN RECITAL Ghislaine Reece-Trapp – Christ Church, Oxford

MIRANDA SEYMOUR Noble Endeavours

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OTELLO A CONCERT PERFORMANCE 7.15pm–10.15pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£45 (see p.8)

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FRIDAY 18 JULY TIM BIRKHEAD Ten Thousand Birds

SOFYA GULYAK piano

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In the first in our new series of breakfast-time literary talks, Tim Birkhead, professor of zoology at the University of Sheffield, provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology: from its beginnings as a museumbased discipline to its shift into the mainstream and popular pastime it has become today.

Wagner-Liszt Pilgrim’s Chorus & Isoldestod Liszt Transcendental Etude ‘Chasse-Neige’ Chopin Ballade No 1 Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

CLAUDIA RODEN The Food of Italy 10.30am–11.30am Buxton Opera House Tickets: £12 First published 25 years ago, The Food of Italy remains the most authoritative and approachable guide to one of the world’s bestloved cuisines. Now, to celebrate this landmark anniversary, Claudia Roden talks about a quartercentury of travel and classic recipes, including glorious tomato and aubergine dishes from Sicily, traditional Roman specialities such as salty meat and fried vegetables, and rich and sustaining soups and stews from Tuscany. Sponsored by

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In September 2009 Sofya Gulyak was awarded the first prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition – the first and, to date, only woman to achieve this distinction. Since then she has appeared all over the world to great acclaim. Her recital programmes are frequently reviewed in superlatives, and her concerto appearances with major orchestras are written up in glowing terms by the world’s music press. Sofya has been praised for her ‘tremendous precision and coloration ... exquisite soft playing’ (Washington Post).

FESTIVAL WALK Buxton: Its Background & Beauty

SARAH RAVEN Vita Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst

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Ellen Outram’s walk takes in the architecture and beauty of Buxton’s buildings and shows how the town evolved through the Georgian and Victorian periods to become one of the most fashionable spa towns in the country. Relive the glorious past through the stories of its famous visitors and travel writers and hear the snippets that make Buxton such a hidden gem today. From the Devonshire’s connection to royal dissent, the town’s rich heritage comes to life.

In her marvellous insight into the work of one of the most visionary horticulturists of the 20th century, Sarah Raven draws on Vita Sackville-West’s weekly Observer column, revealing Vita’s best-loved flowers, offering practical advice for gardeners and examining the trials and tribulations of crafting a place of beauty and elegance.

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LA SERENISSIMA Angels & Devils Adrian Chandler violin Cecilia Bernardini violin 3.15pm–4.15pm St John’s Church Tickets: £12 (unreserved), £15 (reserved) Leclair Sonata IV (Op 3) for 2 Violins in F Vivaldi Sonata for 2 Violins in B flat, RV77 Guillemain Sonata I (Op 5) for 2 Violins in A minor Vivaldi Sonata for 2 Violins in F, RV68 Leclair Sonata III (Op 8) for 2 Violins in D Violinists Adrian Chandler and Cecilia Bernardini present a collection of Italian and French violin duos. While Vivaldi’s style is unmistakably Italian, that of Guillemain and Leclair combines the fire of the Italians with the bon goût of the French.

JOHN GOODBY Dylan Thomas

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4.30pm–5.30pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 Renowned Dylan Thomas expert John Goodby looks at the life and work of the hugely colourful and iconic poet, whose centenary is celebrated this year. He published well over 380 poems as well as radio plays and pastiches. John Goodby’s latest edition of Thomas’ work emphasises how accessible and immediate his work was, demonstrating its relevance to a contemporary audience.

PRE-OPERA TALK 6.15pm–6.45pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: Free (see p.13)

TONIGHT’S OPERA

THE JACOBIN 7.15pm–10pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£59 (see p.6)

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PATRICIA HAMMOND & THE RAGTIME PARLOUR BAND 9pm–10.30pm Pavilion Café Tickets: £18 Join Patricia Hammond and her Ragtime Parlour Band for a musical journey into the First World War. With London’s keenest early and pre-jazz musicians, Patricia presents an evening of scrupulouslyresearched songs including jingoistic recruiting marches, a sentimental tribute to the Red Cross Nurse in both French and English, a German lament from the trenches of Verdun and a klezmer-tinged pacifist plea from New York, interspersed with musical trends of the ‘teens such as tango, chorinho, revue and of course, ragtime.

FRIENDS’ PARTY Old Hall Hotel 9.45pm–11pm Tickets: £20 including drinks and finger buffet Come and share drinks and your views of the Festival with Friends and cast members.

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SATURDAY 19 JULY ROGER SCRUTON The Soul of the World 9am–10am Old Hall Hotel, Shrewsbury Room Tickets: £10 Renowned philosopher Roger Scruton defends the experience of the sacred against today’s fashionable forms of atheism. Rather than an argument for the existence of God, or a defence of the truth of religion, this is a reflection on why a sense of the sacred is essential to human life.

Highly Sprung and Vortex Creates THE TRAVELLING TREASURY 10am–4pm Pavilion Gardens Tickets: Free (see p.28)

GYLES BRANDRETH The 7 Secrets of Happiness

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NCO WIND EMSEMBLE 12 noon–1pm St John’s Church Tickets: £12 (unreserved), £15 (reserved) Conrad Marshall flute Adrian Wilson oboe Elizabeth Jordan clarinet Llinos Owen bassoon Naomi Atherton horn Jacques Ibert Trois pièces brèves Eugene Bozza Scherzo Darius Milhaud La cheminée du Roi René Carl Nielsen Wind Quintet Five leading wind soloists from the Northern Chamber Orchestra unite for a concert in the wonderful acoustic of St John’s Church.

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11am–12 noon Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £8 Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland floods onto the stage in a whirl of strange contraptions, handmade puppets and extraordinary characters. Join Alice on her remarkable journey in this new production to enchant all ages. Young and old alike will find magic in Wonderland, and make it safely home again. The only danger is, you may not want to leave! ‘... magical, intelligent, engagingly acted...a whirlwind of puppetry and physically dynamic acting.’ – Dig Yorkshire

10.30am–11.30am Buxton Opera House Tickets: £12 Writer, broadcaster, former MP and Government Whip, Gyles Brandreth is a now best known as a reporter on The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on Radio 4’s Just a Minute. He first came to Buxton more than 30 years ago with Hinge and Bracket when he was the scriptwriter for the TV series, Dear Ladies. Now he is back and ready to reveal The 7 Secrets of Happiness, in which he goes on a journey in search of contentment, starting in Las Vegas with Frank Sinatra and ending up in Dublin in the psychiatrist’s chair with Dr Antony Clare.

Boxtale Soup ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

SIMON JENKINS England’s 100 Best Views 2pm–3pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 English people hold the landscape to be the essence of Englishness – in polls they rank it on a par with the monarchy, the army and Shakespeare. Simon Jenkins tells the fascinating story behind the 100 most beautiful views – their historical, geographical, botanical and architectural backgrounds; how they have inspired artists and writers, and the role of these artists in creating what we see as a superb view.

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TONIGHT’S OPERA ROSALIND PLOWRIGHT mezzo soprano PHILIP MOUNTFORD piano

ORFEO ED EURIDICE 7.15pm–9.15pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£59 (see p.7)

3.30pm–5pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £19 Haydn Vedi, se t’amo (Armida) Brahms Unbewegte laue Luft Von ewiger Liebe Manuel de Falla 7 Canciones populares Tchaikovsky The bride’s lament Can it be day Why?

Medtner A winter evening Weill Der Abschiedsbrief Je ne t’aime pas Surubaya Johnny Britten The Salley Gardens O Waly, Waly Ernest Kaye Tresco

C. Villiers Stanford La belle dame sans merci Frank Bridge Love went a’riding

In a career which spans over 35 years, Rosalind Plowright is regarded as one of Britain’s greatest singing actresses. As a soprano she specialised in the great Italian heroines of Verdi and the Bel Canto and classical figures performing in virtually all the world’s major opera houses. In 1999 Rosalind Plowright switched to the dramatic mezzo fach where her stage presence and sense of character bring life to roles like Klytämnestra, Herodias, Fricka, Mme de Croissy, Zia Principessa and many others. Rosalind also memorably sang the title role in Médée at the Buxton Festival in 1984. Wide-ranging and versatile in his experience, Philip Mountford is in demand as a concert performer, accompanist and ensemble pianist. Philip began his studies with Marlene Fleet and later graduated from Trinity College of Music with an honours degree, having studied with Christine Croshaw and Eva Bernathova. He has performed across the continent in France, Spain, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and also in North America.

A SONG AT SIX

PRE-OPERA TALK

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THE ALEX GARNETT QUARTET Swing the Classics 9pm–10.30pm The Pavilion Café Tickets: £18 Alex Garnett saxophone James Pearson piano Sam Burgess bass Chris Higginbottom drums Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognised by his dark, husky sound. He’s one of those players that everyone knows about and has deep respect for, who can do anything from the most burning straight ahead to free improvisation. Now, with members of the house band at Ronnie Scott’s (including James Pearson who wowed Festival audiences with Lizzie Ball last year) prepare to ‘Swing the Classics’ with tributes to Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon and more.

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SUNDAY 20 JULY Highly Sprung and Vortex Creates THE TRAVELLING TREASURY

MAKING UP THE PAST Historical Fiction Workshop Ann Featherstone

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1pm–3pm Lee Wood Hotel Tickets: £20 (including tea and coffee)

Traveling Treasury is a magical storytelling experience that takes place in a beautifully transformed caravan. Step inside the pages of a book and let the stories unfold, quite literally before your eyes. Think, dream and believe, as you are taken on a wonderful journey through sound, stunning visual paper creations and animated story telling. A wonderful experience for all ages!

ALAN JOHNSON In conversation with Dame Janet Smith This Boy 10.30am–11.30am Buxton Opera House Tickets: £12 Alan Johnson tells the story of his unusual childhood – one not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary; not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of post-war Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all ...

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FESTIVAL MASS Haydn – Theresienmesse in B flat

  Buxton Musical Society Chorus and Orchestra, with soloists from Buxton Festival Chorus

A starter-kit for writing historical novels. From researching your period to creating a believable sense of place and time, dialogue and characters, we’ll look at examples, artefacts and hopefully some writing, too. Quill and scroll optional. Passion for the past essential.

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Gerard Logan WILDE WITHOUT THE BOY

A Masterclass with ROSALIND PLOWRIGHT

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12 noon–1.20pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £8 Rosalind Plowright presents a masterclass with young singers from this year’s Festival Chorus. ‘[She] brings to her teaching and nurturing of young singers a wealth of experience of the opera world … It is this profound understanding of what is physically required to work at this level that is so valuable to students still developing their talents. She shares this experience with a generosity and inspiring clarity and her help and guidance will be eagerly sought by the aspiring performer.’ – Peter Knapp

Spend an hour with a chastened – but still hilarious – Oscar Wilde in his prison cell. See into his astonishingly brilliant mind and beautiful, bruised soul. Wilde Without the Boy is a solo theatrical presentation – by Olivier Award-nominated actor Gerard Logan (last seen in Buxton with The Rape of Lucrece) – of De Profundis, Oscar Wilde’s bitterly reproachful and, at times, exquisitely-beautiful letter written from his prison cell in Reading Gaol to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, after Wilde had been sentenced to two years’ hard labour for gross indecency.

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An Evening with JAMES NAUGHTIE His Life & Times

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Quilter Non Nobis Domine Parry Blest Pair of Sirens Parry My soul, there is a country (Songs of Farewell (1916–18)) Elgar The Spirit of the Lord is upon me (The Apostles) Elgar Give unto the Lord (Psalm 29) Op 74 (1914) Elgar With Proud Thanksgiving (For The Fallen) Ireland Greater Love Hath No Man (1912) Vaughan Williams Six Choral Songs to be Sung in Time of War Fauré In Paradisium (Requiem)

Together, Jim and Matthew will provide a unique insight into today’s political world, as well as their shared fascinations with the worlds of music and literature, in an evening that promises to be enlightening, thought-provoking and amusing by turns.

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HUDDERSFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY 9pm–10.30pm St John’s Church Tickets: £17 (unreserved), £20 (reserved)

James Naughtie joins MP turned broadcaster and longtime friend of the Festival, Matthew Parris on stage to talk about his long career as a political journalist – in particular as a presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme since February 1994. Jim is also an enthusiastic and knowledgeable commentator of classical music and opera (having presented the BBC Proms since 1992 and Radio 3’s Opera News) and literature (he’s the host Radio 4’s Book Club).

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Huddersfield Choral Society was founded in 1836. Under distinguished principal conductors and chorus masters it has developed an international reputation. Its special quality is the unique ‘Huddersfield Sound’ – a full- bodied and blended yet flexible tone.

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MONDAY 21 JULY

JUNG CHANG Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

SHIRLEY WILLIAMS In conversation with Dame Janet Smith Vera Brittain & The First World War

2pm–3pm Buxton Opera House Tickets: £12

10.30am–11.30am Buxton Opera House Tickets: £12 Baroness Williams, co-founder of the Liberal Democrats and member of the House of Lords since 1993, returns to Buxton to talk about her mother, Vera Brittain, the Buxton-born author of Testament of Youth, a talk which will be given added poignancy in this the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

FESTIVAL WALK Buxton’s Georgian Heritage 12 noon–1pm Pavilion Gardens Bandstand Tickets: £6 (see p.14)

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HALLÉ SOLOISTS 12 noon–1pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £15

The internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story talks about her most recent book – an epic biography of the woman who ruled 19th century China for 50 years, overcoming centuries of traditions and modernising China and, exposing its culture to western political ideas and technology.

Elgar Sospiri George Butterworth Suite for String Quartet Elgar Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op 84 The Hallé Soloists are a virtuoso chamber group, formed and led by the Hallé’s leader Lyn Fletcher. All members are principal players within the orchestra who also enjoy enviable concerto and chamber music careers aside from their orchestral commitments. Flexible in number, Hallé Soloists perform duos through to octets and their relaxed concert style combined with great passion and virtuosity makes them very much in demand at chamber music venues across the country. The group especially enjoy collaborative projects and are delighted to be working with pianist Paul Janes during 2014. Paul has a varied and versatile career performing recitals and concertos worldwide, but is also very active as freelance accompanist, orchestral pianist and chamber musician.

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AQUARELLE GUITAR QUARTET

SIMON HEFFER Simply English

3.15pm–4.15pm St John’s Church Tickets: £12 (unreserved), £15 (reserved)

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Isaac Albeniz, arr. David Roe La Vega Elliot Goldenthal, arr. Mike Baker Themes from Frida Luis Bacalov, arr. Rory Russell Il Postino Gustavo Santaolalla, arr. Vasilis Bessas De Usuahia a la Quiaca (from Motorcycle Diaries) Ian Krouse Folias Recognised as one of Britain’s leading chamber music groups, the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative ensemble known for its expansive repertoire and ground-breaking work in developing the guitar quartet medium. They have performed extensively across the UK and abroad to critical acclaim, and are admired for their original arrangements of music from a wide range of styles, periods and cultures.

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What is the difference between amend and emend, between imply and infer, and between uninterested and disinterested? How do you use an apostrophe correctly and avoid the perils of the double negative? The author of the bestselling Strictly English wages war on bad English in an entertaining and supremely useful A–Z guide to frequent errors, common misunderstandings and stylistic howlers.

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THE SWINGLE SINGERS 8pm–10pm Buxton Opera House Tickets: £15–£25 For half a century, the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. Their vocal agility and blend, combined with captivating showmanship, have thrilled generations of audiences around the globe. Five decades on from their pioneering, Grammywinning debut album Jazz Sébastien Bach in 1963, today’s Swingle Singers are an international a cappella phenomenon. These seven young and versatile voices deliver folk ballads, funk jams and fugues with equal precision and passion.

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TUESDAY 22 JULY ALESSANDRO TAVERNA 12 noon–1pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £15 Beethoven 15 Variations and Fugue in E flat major, Op 35 ‘Eroica Variations’ Liszt Tarantelle di Bravura d’après la tarantella de ‘La muette de Portici’, S386 Ravel Jeux d’eau Stravinsky Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka

KATE ADIE Fighting on the Home Front 10.30am–11.30am Buxton Opera House Tickets: £12 Kate Adie, author and broadcaster, became a familiar figure to viewers through her work as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent. She is considered to be among the very finest reporters, as well as one of the first British women to send despatches from danger zones around the world. She is also the long-serving presenter of Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent. In her most recent book, Fighting on the Home Front, she takes a fresh look at surprising and uncharted changes in the lives of women during the First World War. Sponsored by

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Born in Venice in 1983, Alessandro Taverna has already won numerous awards in international competitions, including in 2009 1st prize in the Minnesota International Piano Competition (leading to a prestigious American tour including his debut in New York City and a CD release on the Ten Thousand Lakes label), 2nd prize in the London International Piano Competition (playing Chopin Concerto No 1 with James Judd and the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall: The Independent review of this performance mentioned his ‘magisterial account … suffused with grave beauty. This Italian is remarkable … 50 minutes of flawless poetry’) and Bronze Medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition (playing Chopin No 1 again with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder). In September 2011 he won the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize awarded by the Eppan Piano Academy and he has recently received the Premio Giuseppe Sinopoli Prize.

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PHILIP HOOK Breakfast at Sotheby’s 2pm–3pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 Philip Hook – director and senior paintings specialist at Sotheby’s – presents a wry, intimate, truly revealing exploration of how art acquires its financial value. Philip Hook explores the artist and his hinterland (including -isms, middle-brow artists, Gericault and suicides), subject and style (from abstract art and banality through surrealism and war), ‘wall-power’, provenance and market weather, in a talk that promises to be comic, revealing, piquant, splendid and absurd, as engaged with art as it is with the world that surrounds it.

GARETH WILLIAMS Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio 4.30pm–5.30pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 With the goal of eradicating polio worldwide within our grasp, author and professor of medicine Gareth Williams tells the story of mankind’s struggle with the disease – one of the grandest challenges of modern medicine – and looks at what a polio-free world might mean.

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DJORDJE GAJIC 3.15pm–4.15pm St John’s Church Tickets: £12 (unreserved), £15 (reserved) Bach Toccata and Fugue d minor BWV565 Scarlatti 3 Sonatas: E Major, C minor, F Major Zolotaryov Partita No 1 Albeniz Cordoba and Asturias Villa-Lobos The Dance of the White Indian Rossini Aria Accordionist Djordje Gajic brings his unique musical style to bear on an amazing classical programme. Djordje has won many international competitions, amongst them Tropheo Mondiale CMA in 1988 and the Grand Prix, France in 1987. He has also received many awards of outstanding merit leading to television and radio broadcasts. He has performed with Russian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yvgeny Svetlanov, RSNO, BBC SSO as well as many solo recitals throughout Europe: Russia, Serbia, Andorra, Holland, France, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Norway and Britain.

A SONG AT SIX 6pm–6.10pm Pavilion Gardens Bandstand Tickets: Free (see p.12)

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ORFEO ED EURIDICE 7.15pm–9.15pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£59 (see p.7)

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WEDNESDAY 23 JULY VICKY PRYCE Prisonomics MICHAEL SCOTT Delphi: A History of the Centre of the Ancient World 9am–10am Old Hall Hotel, Shrewsbury Room Tickets: £10 The presenter of BBC4’s Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth provides a comprehensive narrative history of the extraordinary sanctuary and city of Delphi, from its founding to its modern rediscovery, to show more clearly than ever before why Delphi was one of the most important places in the ancient world for so long.

10.30am–11.30am Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 Following her highly publicised trial and imprisonment, economist Vicky Pryce uses her personal experiences and professional understanding to provide a compelling analysis of how prison works, and should work. She examines both the human and financial cost of children having to go into care, family breakdown, education and the difficulty of finding employment once women are released from jail, and offers viable, cost effective alternatives to prison. Supported by

SCENES FROM AN OPERA Orfeo ed Euridice 12 noon–1pm Palace Hotel Tickets: £12 Members of the Buxton Festival Chorus, who are understudying parts in Orfeo, present an entertainment of scenes from the opera, in an exciting new interpretation from the production’s assistant director.

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ANTHONY KING The Blunders of our Governments 2pm–3pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 From the poll tax to the Millennium Dome to ID cards, from Conservative to Labour administrations – not forgetting the current coalition – the list of government blunders and poorly executed policy is disturbingly longer than most of us realise. Anthony King, one of Britain’s most distinguished political scientists, explains how, far from being unique, these mistakes share common patterns, and offers a penetrating diagnosis of flawed government and a spirited prescription for more fool-proof policy.

PRE-OPERA TALK 1.30pm–2pm Buxton Opera House Tickets: Free (see p.13)

GLORIA – A PIGTALE 7.15pm–9.15pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£49 (see p.9)

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THE FIBONACCI SEQUENCE 3.45pm–5.15pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £19 Djordje Gajic accordion Gina McCormack violin Catherine Yates violin Yuko Inoue viola Richard Jenkinson cello Kathron Sturrock piano

6pm–6.10pm Pavilion Gardens Bandstand Tickets: Free (see p.12)

PRE-OPERA TALK 6.15pm–6.45pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: Free (see p.13)

Dohnanyi Serenade Dvorˇák Bagatelles for Violin, Viola, Cello & Accordion Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 54

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The Fibonacci Sequence celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014, and is considered one of the UK’s most distinguished chamber ensembles with a wide-ranging discography and impressive reviews. The ensemble members appear at the world’s leading festivals and venues and many of them are also on the faculties of leading conservatoires in the UK and abroad. The Fibonacci Sequence was chosen for the season 2012–13 by the Concert Promotions Network, and appeared last season at Buxton Festival, Thaxted Festival and many distinguished venues throughout the UK. Along with this return visit to the Buxton Festival, plans for their anniversary season include an invitation from Colombia where they played concerts in 2011 to great acclaim. Their most recent CD featuring Julian Farrell as clarinet soloist was released in September 2012.

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THURSDAY 24 JULY ROZANNA MADYLUS mezzo soprano FINNEGAN DOWNIE-DEAR piano 12 noon–1pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £15 Schumann Kennst du das Land Loewe Meine Ruh’ ist hin (Gretchen am Spinnrade) Schubert Suleika I Schubert Suleika II Schumann Heiss mich nicht reden Brahms Die Liebende schreibt Wolf Kennst du das Land Dvorˇák Love Songs Op 83 A Selection of Songs by Rachmaninov Poulenc Métamorphoses

James Naughtie returns to talk about how he has used his insider’s knowledge of the political world in London and Washington to write The Madness of July, a sophisticated spy thriller about loyalty, survival and family rivalry, set in the dangerous maze of the Cold War.

Rozanna Madylus and Finnegan Downie-Dear met in their first year at the Royal Academy of Music, during which they were awarded second place on the prestigious Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform in May 2012. Since then, they have performed at The Royal Automobile Club (July 2012), The Holywell Music Room (October 2012) and The David Josefowitz Recital Hall with Academy Song Circle (February 2013). They recently got to the semi-final in The Hampshire Singing Competition and have been nominated for the Patrons Award at The Royal Academy of Music.

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JAMES NAUGHTIE The Madness of July 10.30am–11.30am Buxton Opera House Tickets: £12

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THE ORWELL DEBATE The Housing Crisis and the Countryside 2pm–3pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 ‘Buried by a kind of volcanic eruption from the outer suburbs’ George Orwell Coming Up For Air In the return of this popular fixture in our Literary series, Owen Hatherley (writer and journalist, author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain), Professor Robert Colls (Professor of Cultural History at De Montfort University, author of George Orwell: English Rebel), Professor David Matless (Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham, author of Landscape and Englishness) and Nick Boles (MP for Grantham & Stamford and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning) discuss housing, the built environment, and ‘Coming Up for Air’.

SCENES FROM AN OPERA The Jacobin 3.15pm–4.15pm Palace Hotel Tickets: £12 Members of the Buxton Festival Chorus, who are understudying parts in The Jacobin, present an entertainment of scenes from the opera, in an exciting new interpretation from the production’s assistant director.

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EMMA BRIDGEWATER Toast & Marmalade 4.30pm–5.30pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 Plunge into the world of pottery, family, childhood, work, motorway service stations, holidays, beaches, markets, recipes, dressing-up boxes, patch-working, country & western music, picnics, camping and the lost world of telephone calls costing 2p. Emma Bridgewater looks back on her life and work, with a wonderful patchwork of stories that show the inspirations behind her cheerfully distinctive kitchenware …

ORGAN RECITAL Matthew Jorysz, Clare College, Cambridge 4.30pm–5.30pm St John’s Church Tickets: £10 (unreserved) (see p.23)

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THE JACOBIN 7.15pm–10pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£59 (see p.6)

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FRIDAY 25 JULY LUCINDA HAWKSLEY The Mystery of Princess Louise

MAX HASTINGS Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914

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Writer Lucinda Hawksley – Charles Dickens’ great great great granddaughter – uncovers the secrets of Queen Victoria’s sixth child, Princess Louise. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumour and gossip than hard facts? Often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, Lucinda Hawksley discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time – feisty, rebellious, romantic, a sculptor and painter – whose story has been shielded for years from public view.

Max Hastings presents a magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914. He answers how World War I could ever have begun, gives searing analysis of the power-brokering, vanity and bluff in the diplomatic maelstrom and reveals who was responsible for the birth of thisCentral catastrophic world in arms. Mingling the Technology experiences of humbler folk with the statesmen on whom their Central lives depended, Hastings asks: Technology whose actions were justified?

FESTIVAL WALK Buxton: Its Background & Beauty 12 noon–1pm Pavilion Gardens Bandstand Tickets: £6 Ellen Outram’s walk takes in the architecture and beauty of Buxton’s buildings and shows how the town evolved through the Georgian and Victorian periods to become one of the most fashionable spa towns in the country. Relive the glorious past through the stories of its famous visitors and travel writers and hear the snippets that make Buxton such a hidden gem today. From the Devonshire’s connection to royal dissent, the town’s rich heritage comes to life.

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Corelli Violin Sonata Op 5 No 1 in D major Leclair Violin Sonata No 2 in C major (Premier livre) for violin & continuo Locatelli Violin Sonata Op 6 No 2 in F major Corelli Violin Sonata Op 5 No 7 in D minor Rameau Les Cyclopes from Pièces de Clavessin (1724) for solo harpsichord Leclair Violin Sonata No 4 in A major (Second livre) Seamless IT & Communication Solutions

Violinist, director and conductor Adrian Butterfield specialises in performing music from 1600–1900 on period instruments. A former chorister of St Paul’s Cathedral and a graduate of Trinity College Cambridge, he is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and Associate Musical Director of the London Handel Festival. He regularly directs the London Handel Orchestra and Players and is increasingly invited as a guest director and soloist in Europe and North America. Recent highlights have included conducting the LHO in Bach’s St John Passion and Magnificat at Tilford and Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Wigmore Hall on Easter Monday; directing the London Mozart Players in Bach and Mendelssohn; and appearing on Croatian Television with LHP as well as appearances at the Newbury and Regensburg Festivals and a special collaboration between LHP and the Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, at the opening of the Spitalfields Winter Festival.

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This handpicked quintet of Britain’s very finest brass players, under the artistic direction of Eric Crees, present a programme of virtuosic brass music from the Renaissance through to Broadway and Hollywood. This performance will include the World premiere of their arrangement of Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata from their latest album, On The Edge. The Symphonic Brass of London is widely celebrated for the impeccable quality of its orchestral sound and the vibrancy, high energy, pure joy and fun of its music-making.

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THE JAZZ REPERTORY COMPANY 100 Years of Jazz in 99 minutes 9pm–10.39pm Pavilion Café Tickets: £18

Five respected crime writers get together for a free-wheeling discussion on the art of writing a great crime novel and what led them to turn to crime!.

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ORFEO ED EURIDICE 7.15pm–9.15pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£59 (see p.7)

Pete Long saxophones, flute, trumpet Enrico Tomasso trumpet, trombone, vocals Nick Dawson piano, clarinet, vocals Dave Chamberlain double bass, guitars, banjo, piano, drums Richard Pite drums, sousaphone, double bass Georgina Jackson vocals, trumpet

6.15pm–6.45pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: Free (see p.13)

The only history of jazz, from its Ragtime birth to the present day, in 99 musically brilliant, historically fascinating minutes. The multiinstrumental jazz virtuosi create a highly entertaining journey through the decades taking in everything from New Orleans to Be Bop, Swing to Latin, Hot to Cool, from Chicago and New York to around the world. An A to Z of jazz’s biggest names from Louis Armstrong to Joe Zawinul interspersed with fascinating stories from history.

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SATURDAY 26 JULY ROBERT BARTLETT Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation 9am–10am Old Hall Hotel, Shrewsbury Room Tickets: £10 From its earliest centuries, one of the most notable features of Christianity has been the veneration of the saints – the holy dead. In a sweepingly ambitious history, one of the world’s leading medieval historians tells the fascinating story of the cult of the saints from its origins in the second-century days of the Christian martyrs to the Protestant Reformation.

MARGARET DRABBLE The Pure Gold Baby THE MAGICAL STORYTELLING YURT

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12 noon–1.30pm St John’s Church Tickets: £17 (unreserved), £19 (reserved) (see p.34)

10am–4pm Pavilion Gardens Tickets: Free Presented by High Peak Community Arts Step inside our magical yurt for storytelling and other fun activities for little Festival-goers and their families.

Ileana Ruhemann flute Gillian Tingay harp Julian Farrell clarinet Gina McCormack violin Catherine Yates violin Yuko Inoue viola Benjamin Hughes cello

10.30am–11.30am Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 One of our country’s foremost and acclaimed writers, Dame Margaret Drabble returns to Buxton with her latest novel, The Pure Gold Baby, a remarkable portrait – both personal and political – of a family, a friendship, and a neighbourhood: a novel of great beauty, wisdom and stealthy power.

Mozart Flute Quartet in D, K285 Bax Quintet for Harp & Strings Crusell Quartet for Clarinet & Strings Debussy Syrinx for Solo Flute Saint-Saëns Fantasy for Harp & Violin Ravel Introduction & Allegro

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LISA APPIGNANESI Trials of Passion – Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness

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PEGGY, DUKE & BENNY

Using sensational public trials, in America, Britain and France, Lisa Appignanesi journeys into the heart of dark passions and the crimes they impel. When passion is in the picture, what is criminal, what sane, what mad or simply bad? With great story-telling flair, she teases out the vagaries of passion and the clashes in that vital forum in which public opinion is shaped – the theatre of the courtroom.

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OTELLO A CONCERT PERFORMANCE 7.15pm–10.15pm Opera House Tickets: £15–£45 (see p.8)

9pm–10.30pm Pavilion Café Tickets: £18 Georgina Jackson vocals/trumpet Pete Long clarinet Nick Dawson piano Anthony Kerr vibes Dave Chamberlain bass Richard Pite drums Peggy, Duke and Benny takes a selection of tunes associated with Peggy Lee, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman (some well known, others less so). Pete Long (famous for his recreation of the Benny Goodman 1938 Carnegie Hall concert and his long established Echoes of Ellington Orchestra) has taken this opportunity of combining his musical enthusiasms and presenting the music of these three great names in jazz history in one highly entertaining programme. Georgina Jackson currently runs two careers simultaneously – as a first-call trumpet player and jazz singer (regularly fronting the Ronnie Scott Big Band) and recently releasing her second CD Watch What Happens.

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SUNDAY 27 JULY TOBY WILKINSON The Nile: Downriver Through Egypt’s Past & Present 10.30am–11.30am Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 From Herodotus’s day to the present political upheavals, the steady flow of the Nile has been Egypt’s heartbeat. It has shaped its geography, controlled its economy and moulded its civilisation. The same stretch of water which conveyed Pharaonic battleships, Ptolemaic grain ships, Roman troop-carriers and Victorian steamers today carries modern-day tourists past bankside settlements in which rural life continues much as it has for millennia. Foremost Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us on a journey down the Nile, to understand the past and present of this unique, chaotic, vital, conservative yet rapidly changing land.

THE MAGICAL STORYTELLING YURT Gordon McLellan (Creeping Toad) storyteller

FESTIVAL MASS Victoria – Missa O magnum mysterium   Buxton Madrigal Singers

10am–4pm Pavilion Gardens Tickets: Free (see p.40)

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12 noon–1pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £15

Old Hall Hotel 12.30pm–2pm Tickets: £35

Krzysztof Penderecki String Trio Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello Beethoven String Trio in C minor, Op 9 No 3

Past Friends’ lunches and dinners at the Old Hall Hotel have always been a must for members attending the Festival, a perfect way to renew acquaintances and meet new friends whilst sharing Festival experiences.

Psappha, Manchester’s preeminent new music ensemble and one of the UK’s leading contemporary music groups, was formed in 1991 by its Artistic Director Tim Williams and specialises in the performance of music by living composers and that of the 20th and 21st centuries. The group has an extensive and varied repertoire of hundreds of works and a reputation for technical assurance and interpretive flair. Psappha has commissioned and premiered many works by a wide range of composers including the awardwinning music-theatre work, Mr Emmet Takes a Walk, by its Patron, Peter Maxwell Davies, also recorded by the original performers.

NOVEL WRITING WORKSHOP Emma Pass 1pm–3pm Lee Wood Hotel Tickets: £20 (including tea and coffee) Novelist Emma Pass takes you through the process of storytelling – creating characters, settings and incidents on which to build your writing.

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An Evening with RANULPH FIENNES His Life & Times In conversation with Anton Bowring 7.15pm–9pm Buxton Opera House Tickets: £16, £19

KIRSTY WARK The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle 2pm–3pm Pavilion Arts Centre Tickets: £10 Journalist, broadcaster and writer Kirsty Wark talks about her first novel, a captivating and haunting story of the richness beneath so-called ordinary lives, and the secrets and threads that hold women together, depicting a woman’s search for the truth about her mother, set on the Isle of Arran.

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GILLIAN KEITH soprano NORTHERN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Directed by STEPHEN BARLOW 9pm–10.30pm St John’s Church Tickets: £17 (unreserved), £20 (reserved) Handel Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 9 in A major Bach Cantata, BWV209, ‘Non sa che sia dolore’ Bach Sinfonia from Cantata, BWV146 Bach Cantata, BWV210 ‘O holder tag’ Say farewell to this year’s Festival with a concert featuring soprano Gillian Keith (renowned for her prowess in the repertoire of JS Bach), the Northern Chamber Orchestra and our Artistic Director, Stephen Barlow in the magical, intimate setting of St John’s Church.

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OUTREACH This year we aim to involve over 2000 local people in free creative arts activities through the Outreach programme. Each project focuses on a different section of the community and we work in partnership with a range of local schools, arts organisations and charities to share resources and expertise. Our Outreach programme is year-round and we aim to foster an interest in the arts, help local schools deliver quality music education, engage with different sections of the community and to provide platforms for young people and professional artists. Projects planned for this year include: – Wandering Minstrels concerts for the elderly – A fun Lunchtime Choir for adults in Buxton – A national Poetry Competition, including poetry workshops for teenagers – Musical Storytelling sessions for children aged 3–5 in schools – Singing masterclasses for secondary school choirs – A ‘play along’ concert for primary school children taking part in wider opportunities music lessons – Free Family Events at Buxton Festival – A Concert for children with special needs – A fun Ukulele Day in Buxton

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The Palace Hotel is Buxton’s only 4* hotel Combining stunning Victorian heritage with modern facilities The Palace Hotel is only a 5 minute walk from the Opera House and is set in 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens With 122 en-suite bedrooms, lounge bar, restaurant, beauty salon and leisure facilities including a 14metre swimming pool and 8 treatment rooms. The Palace Hotel is an ideal choice for your visit to the Festival Dine with us between 5.30pm–6.30pm and receive a 25% discount* Take advantage of our spa and receive a 25% discount off a treatment of your choice, spa days or just a day pass* Quote BF2014 to take advantage of these very special discounts We look forward to welcoming you to The Palace Hotel *Terms and Conditions apply. Discount can not be used in conjunction with any other offer, tables must be pre-booked.

The Palace Hotel, Palace Road, Buxton, SK17 6AG 01298 22001 palace.reception@pumahotels.co.uk www.pumahotels.co.uk

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Browse and buy from a huge range of outstanding art and design direct from PDA’s members at our award winning annual exhibition. Guest Accommodation

19 Broad Walk · Buxton · SK17 6JR T: 01298 24904 E: enquiries@roseleighhotel.co.uk W: www.roseleighhotel.co.uk

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The University of Derby, Buxton  Real world learning  Study in the heart of the Peak District For more information: T: 01298 71100 E: enquiriesudb@derby.ac.uk

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FESTIVAL FRINGE The 2014 Fringe offers a spectacular programme of theatre, comedy, music, film, exhibitions, poetry, children’s events and more. One of the largest Fringe Festivals in England, it features some 600 events at over 40 venues in and around Buxton, including a free afternoon sampler at the Pavilion Gardens on Sunday 13 July. The Fringe is open to all with no selection or censorship. The programme is published in early June and on buxtonfringe.org.uk, where you can order a free printed programme and find out how to become a Fringe Friend. For queries email info@buxtonfringe.org.uk or call 01298 70705 or text 07952 193 521.

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WHERE TO STAY HOTELS

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ALISON PARK HOTEL 3 Temple Road Buxton SK17 9BA 01298 22473 reservations@alison-park-hotel.co.uk www.alison-park-hotel.co.uk Our beautiful Edwardian hotel is set in its own gardens, only five minutes’ walk away from the Opera House and the Pavilion Gardens. Our bedrooms offer a combination of double, twin, single or family accommodation, all non-smoking. Our conservatory and restaurant provide a comfortable setting for a hearty breakfast or dinner. BEST WESTERN LEE WOOD HOTEL The Park Buxton, SK17 6TQ 01298 23002 reservations@leewoodhotel.co.uk www.leewoodhotel.co.uk Set in its own mature gardens this elegant Georgian hotel is situated only a few moments’ walk from the centre of the spa town and its famous Opera House. Family owned for 55 years the hotel offers high quality accommodation and award winning dinning. OLD HALL HOTEL The Square Buxton SK17 6TQ 01298 22841 reception@oldhallhotelbuxton.co.uk www.oldhallhotelbuxton.co.uk Situated across the leafy square from the Edwardian Opera House – the ideal base for your festival visit. We have 38 individually decorated bedrooms all with en suite facilities and free Wi-Fi. With a range of rooms from Single to Four Posters the Old Hall Hotel can meet your requirements. Bed and breakfast rates are from £65.00 per person. Dinner inclusive rates are available from £95.00 per person.

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Palace Road Buxton SK17 6AG 01298 22001 www.pumahotels.co.uk Buxton’s only four star hotel, combining Victorian heritage with modern facilities. The Palace Hotel is only a 5-minute walk from the Opera House and is set in five acres of landscaped gardens. With 122 en-suite bedrooms and full leisure facilities including a 14-metre indoor pool, the hotel is an ideal choice for your visit to the Festival. Pre-theatre dinners available from 5.30pm. PORTLAND HOTEL 32 St John’s Road Buxton SK17 6XQ 01298 22462 portland.hotel@btinternet.com www.portlandhotelbuxton.net Ideally located, only 200 yards from the Opera House. Flat, well illuminated walk to and from the Opera House. Pre-theatre evening meals available. Single, Twins and Doubles at most competitive rates.

COUNTRY HOUSE HOTELS BIGGIN HALL HOTEL Biggin-by-Hartington Buxton SK17 0DH 01298 84451 enquiries@bigginhall.co.uk www.bigginhall.co.uk Historic Biggin Hall Country House Hotel, of 17th century origin, is gloriously situated in the Peak District National Park, in peaceful open countryside – superb for walking and cycling – within easy reach of Buxton. Superbly cooked and presented locally sourced food. THE PEACOCK AT ROWSLEY Rowsley Derbyshire DE4 2EB 01629 733518 reception@thepeacockatrowsley.com www.thepeacockatrowsley.com

Three miles from Bakewell an ideal location to explore The Peak National Park. Dining rooms serving delicious lunches and dinner. 15 luxury bedrooms. THREE HORSESHOES INN AND COUNTRY HOTEL Buxton Road Blackshawmoor Leek, Staffs ST13 8TW 01538 300296 enquirires@threeshoesinn.co.uk www.3shoesinn.co.uk

Family run Inn & Country Hotel is situated on the A53, 15 minutes south of Buxton and on the edge of the Peak National Park. 26 bedrooms ranging from boutique style standard bedrooms to luxury bedrooms offering four poster beds, whirlpool baths and large LCD TV. Traditional Bar Carvery & Grill or 2 AA Rosette Award Winning Brasserie & Grill featuring new Inka Grill. Special Offers and dinner, bed & breakfast rates are available.

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6 The Square Buxton SK17 6AZ 01298 213541 www.no6tearooms.co.uk louise@no6tearooms.co.uk

57 West Road Buxton SK17 6HQ 01298 938577 info@cramondhousebandb.co.uk www.cramondhousebandb.co.uk Trip Advisor Excellent. Cramond House is a beautifully renovated Victorian town house near to the town centre. Your comfort is assured in the luxuriously furnished rooms. The warmest welcome awaits you from the owner Senga, who wants your stay at Cramond House to be the first of many. OLDFIELD GUEST-HOUSE 8 Macclesfield Road Buxton SK17 9AH 01298 78264 enquiries@oldfieldhousebuxton.co.uk www.oldfieldhousebuxton.co.uk AAbbbb Gold Stars. Spacious en-suite rooms, comfortable beds, delicious breakfasts, friendly atmosphere, non-smoking, off-street car parking and only a short stroll across the Pavilion Gardens to the Opera House, plus restaurants and pubs all within a short walk. B&B from £85 per room per night. ROSELEIGH GUEST-HOUSE 19 Broad Walk Buxton SK17 6JR 01298 24904 enquiries@roseleighhotel.co.uk www.roseleighhotel.co.uk Only a five minute scenic walk from the Buxton Opera House, located on Broad Walk this Victorian 14-bedroom, family run, non-smoking guest-house built in 1871 overlooks the Pavilion Gardens and ornamental lake of which the superb landscaping was developed between 1861 and the early 1870s. Free residents’ parking for up to 10 cars. Please visit our website for a comprehensive virtual tour. Bed & Breakfast from £40 per person based on two people sharing en suite double/twin rooms.

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Perfectly located for your Festival stay opposite Buxton Opera House. Three spacious and luxurious en suite double rooms on 2nd and 3rd floor with access to sitting room and kitchen on 1st Floor. Bed from £45 per person inc VAT Double occupancy. Bed from £65 per person inc VAT Single occupancy. Breakfast to be taken in the tearooms. THE OLD MANSE GUEST-HOUSE 6 Clifton Road Buxton SK17 6QL 01298 25638 festival@oldmanse.co.uk www.oldmanse.co.uk VBbbbb plus Breakfast Award. Our elegant, Victorian, stone-built property is steeped in history and is ideally situated in a quiet leafy residential area. Delicious home-cooked breakfasts using local produce. A short walk to the town centre, Opera House and Pavilion Gardens.

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JOSEPH APARTMENT 3 The Square Buxton, SK17 6AZ 07855 134362 www.josephapartment-thesquare.co.uk Part of a historic former Georgian lodging house, this desirable, extremely spacious, first floor apartment is set within a grade II listed landmark of Buxton. Opposite the Opera House, Pavilion Gardens, views of the Devonshire Dome (Sleeps 8). Late offers available. STADEN GRANGE Staden Lane Buxton Derbyshire SK17 9RZ 01298 70404 info@stadengrange.co.uk www.stadengrange.co.uk Marvellous 4 star country house, 6 acres of farmland, woods and gardens on outskirts of Buxton, just 1.5 miles from centre. B&B, evening meals, bar, lounge, peaceful location, parking, family owned. Self-catering apartment, campsite in the woods.

WESTMINSTER HOTEL 21 Broad Walk Buxton SK17 6JR 01298 23929 enquiries@westminsterhotel.co.uk www.westminsterhotel.co.uk Small family-run hotel overlooking the Pavilion Gardens. Short stroll to Opera House. All rooms en-suite and non-smoking. TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Large car park. Great food and warm welcome. B&B from £72 per room per night.

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WHERE TO EAT 7 THE SQUARE FLAT c/o 6 The Square Buxton SK17 6AZ Tel: 01298 213541 www.no6tearooms.co.uk louise@no6tearooms.co.uk Self contained flat situated next to Old Hall Hotel at the back of 6 The Square Tearooms – ideal location for your Festival visit. Comprising of Double Room + Sofa Bed / Living Room /Bathroom with Shower & Kitchen. Weekly Rate – Accommodation only 1 Person £325 / 2 Persons £475 Daily Rate – 1 Person £65 / 2 Persons £90. Breakfast may be taken at 6 The Square Tearooms. WHEELDON TREES FARM Earl Sterndale Buxton SK17 0AA 01298 83219 stay@wheeldontreesfarm.co.uk www.wheeldontreesfarm.co.uk VBbbbb Gold The perfect place…Enjoy outstanding comfort just ten minutes’ drive from the Opera House. Nine self-catering cottages in a stunning yet secluded location. Derbyshire Breakfast Baskets, delicious home-made dishes, local steak and lamb chops (all available on request).

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Whether you want your favourite French dish or simply want to try something different, for a special occasion, romantic evening for two or family celebration you want to ensure you visit Bar Brasserie in Buxton.

Old Hall Hotel, Restaurant and Wine Bar across the square from the Opera House – the perfect and very popular venue for pre- and post-opera meals. Restaurant open from 12pm–2pm and then 5.15pm–11pm. Wine Bar open all day from 10am. Advanced bookings are advisable.

THE DUKE 123 St John’s Road Buxton SK17 6UR 01298 78781 info@thedukebuxton.com thedukebuxton.com Cask Marque, Trip Advisor 5/5 The Duke offers a great range of award winning ales, an extensive wine and drinks list as well as a full menu created with local Derbyshire produce. Food served daily 12pm–3pm/5pm–9pm. Kids, dogs and muddy boots welcome. FIRENZE 3 Eagle Parade Buxton SK17 6EQ 01298 72203 www.restaurantsinbuxton.co.uk For traditional Italian cuisine be sure to come to the Firenze Italian Restaurant in Buxton. We have been established for nearly 20 years and have developed an excellent local reputation for the superb quality of our food and service. NO 6 THE SQUARE TEAROOMS 6 The Square Buxton SK17 6AZ 01298 213541 louise@no6tearooms.co.uk www.no6tearooms.co.uk Traditional English tearooms situated opposite the Opera House. Special Festival fare pre-opera with champagne. Booking advisable. Open 10am–7pm. Festival fare available 5.30–7pm.

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THE PAVILION CAFÉ Pavilion Gardens Buxton SK17 6BE 01298 23114 paviliongarden@highpeak.gov.uk www.paviliongardens.co.uk The Pavilion Café Buxton is a warm, welcoming and spacious café overlooking the picturesque award winning landscaped gardens. Our team are hard at work all day with breakfast served with a smile from 9.30am until 11.30am, then continuing with main meals right through to afternoon teas served from 2.30pm. During the summer festival season our café also opens for pre-show meals between 5pm and 7pm but it is advisable to book in advance as these are highly popular. THE BUXTON TAP HOUSE George Street Buxton SK17 6AY 01298 214085 www.buxtonbrewery.co.uk/tap The Tap House is the place to enjoy fantastic beers from the acclaimed Buxton Brewery. Food served all day 12–9pm. Sunday Lunch 12–4pm. Specialising in home smoked pulled pork amongst other tasty dishes, perfect for pre-theatre dining. No bookings taken.

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WHERE TO VISIT BOOKSTORE BRIERLOW BAR Ashbourne Road Buxton SK17 9PY 01298 71017 info@bookstore-derbyshire.co.uk www.bookstore-uk.co.uk Bookstore Brierlow Bar (2 miles south of Buxton on the A515 Ashbourne Road) is available for you to access thousands of books on a multitude of subjects at our unrivalled prices, for 7 days a week during your Festival visit. BUXTON MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY Terrace Road Buxton SK17 6DA 01629 533540 buxton.museum@derbyshire.gov.uk www.derbyshire.gov.uk/buxtonmuseum Explore the geology, archaeology and creative spirit of the Peak District. The annual Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition showcases works by professional and amateur artists. Temporary exhibitions also showing by by Barbara Bristow, Kate Pheasey and Michaela Wrigley.

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Steeped in history, Cromford Mills promises a great day out for all ages. Learn about this world important textile heritage site through guided tours, come along to our many events, browse our bespoke shops, enjoy delicious lunches in our cafés or relax beside the canal. Open 9am–5pm every day except Christmas Day. The Arkwright Society is a registered charity (No. 515526)

Discover Buxton provides a journey through time into the history; people and landmarks of Buxton aboard the phantasmagorical Victorian tram The Wonder of the Peak. Our guided tours leave hourly from outside the Opera House.

POOLES CAVERN & BUXTON COUNTRY PARK Green Lane Buxton SK17 9DH info@poolescavern.co.uk www.poolescavern.co.uk For centuries curious visitors have explored and marvelled at the natural subterranean world that is Poole’s Cavern. Explore Poole’s Cavern today with our expert guides and journey through the beautifully illuminated chambers to discover for yourself the magnificent underground scenery of the Peak District.

For more details on Buxton and the surrounding area visit www.visitbuxton.co.uk or www.visitpeakdistrict.com or call the helpful Buxton Tourist Information Office on 01298 25106

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PRICES & SEATING PLANS Opera House

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Only one offer per ticket. All offers are subject to availability. Groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount for all performances except Saturday evenings. See four operas and save! Book tickets for four or more opera performances in stalls A–N or Dress Circle (Buxton Opera House only) and deduct £3 from the cost of each ticket. Opera House Standby. Full-time students and those on JSA/ Income Support may purchase any available seat for a performance at half price from 6.45pm on the day of performance (excludes Saturdays). Personal callers at the box office only. Under-25s – Granada Foundation Festival for a Fiver From 1 June all available seats are £5 for under-25s. Book at the Opera House box office or by phone. Tickets must be collected from the box office and proof of age provided. Granada Foundation Festival for a Fiver tickets cannot be purchased over the internet. Offer excludes Festival Friends’ Party and Festival Friends’ Lunch.

2014 Programme Book. The indispensable guide to the Festival, with details of all performances and artists, and also articles and background information on the operas. Order in advance and collect at the Festival. £10

Wheelchair Users We are pleased to welcome people with disabilities. The Opera House has three spaces for wheelchair users in the stalls. There are also spaces for wheelchair users at the Pavilion Arts Centre. Toilet facilities for the disabled are available in both venues. Essential companions who are Registered Carers or who are in receipt of Carers’ Allowance are admitted free (proof of eligibility will be required). Help With Hearing There are a limited number of passive infra-red (PIR) systems in both the Opera House and Arts Centre. These work through a special headset (rather than your hearing aid), which is available from the theatre – please reserve one when booking tickets (a £10 cash deposit is required). There is also an induction loop system at the counter in both Box Offices. Facilities For People With Disabilities Please call the Festival office on 01298 70395 for information about facilities for disabled people at all Festival venues. We will do our best to facilitate your visit to the Festival.

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We offer an extensive range of holidays for music lovers. These include our own exclusive opera and chamber music festivals on land and at sea, tours to leading festivals in Europe such as Schubertiade and the Verona Opera Festival, and opera weekends in Dresden, Venice & Milan.

Galleries and Opera in Vienna four night escorted opera holidays

7-11 March - Adriana Lecouvreur and Eugene Onegin 5-9 May - Norma and Nabucco.

We also arrange short break holidays including opera and concert tickets for independent travellers.

As well as enjoying two wonderful performances at the Staatsoper there will be a full programme of sightseeing including the Imperial apartments at the Hofburg, the stunning Kirche am Steinhof designed by Otto Wagner, a walking tour of the historic area including St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Graben and visits to the city’s finest museums and galleries. A third opera performance is available on each departure as an optional extra. Price from £1,743 for four nights including flights, accommodation with breakfast, two operas, two dinners, a full programme of sightseeing and the services of the Kirker Tour Lecturer.

Speak to an expert or request a brochure:

020 7593 2284

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www.kirkerholidays.com

a hotel for all seasons Intimate private dining, cosy atmospheric bar serving food, a fine restaurant overlooking the garden and 14 very well appointed bedrooms and one suite. Do come and visit, we would love to welcome you to The Peacock at Rowsley. Ian and Jenni MacKenzie General Managers.

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01298 72190 / 0845 127 2190 (Box Office) – Book tickets online: buxtonfestival.co.uk


HOW TO GET TO BUXTON A5004 to STOCKPORT & WHALEY BRIDGE

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Car Parking There are 1001 car park spaces in Buxton including: Opera House Pay and display parking for 50 cars, including 2 spaces for the disabled. Charges: 1 hour 70p, 2 hours £1.20, 4 hours £2.50, free after 6pm. Pavilion Gardens Parking for 262 cars including 15 spaces for the disabled. Charges: 1 hour £1, 2 hours £1.60, 4 hours £3, over 4 hours £5, free after 6pm. Palace Hotel For non-residents: £4.50 for 3 hours and then £1 per hour. £7.50 spent on refreshments gives 3 hours free parking. Please allow extra time if travelling by car on Carnival Day (12 July)

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By Rail Regular inter-city trains from Euston to Macclesfield, Stockport and Manchester (www.virgintrains.co.uk) with connecting sevices to Buxton (journey time approx. three hours). The last train from Buxton to Manchester leaves at 10.56pm. For more information www.nationalrail.co.uk / 08457 48 49 50 By Bus Direct buses to Buxton operate from Chesterfield, Derby, Glossop, Huddersfield, Macclesfield, Sheffield, Stockport and Stoke.

For more information www.derbysbus.info www.traveline.org.uk / 0871 200 22 33 www.nationalexpress.com / 08717 81 81 81

By Air Regular national and international flights to Manchester and Nottingham East Midlands airports For more information www.manchesterairport.co.uk www.eastmidlandsairport.com

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Culture. Expression. Performance.

Mercedes-Benz of South Yorkshire is proud to sponsor the 2014 Buxton Festival. Relax, enjoy the show and be inspired. www.mercedes-benzsouthyorkshire.co.uk


Buxton Festival brochure 2014