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Project information

Buxton Festival 2012

Your donation can help Buxton Festival to produce three fully-staged opera productions of neglected works in 2012.

July 2012 - July 2012

Charity information: Buxton Festival

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  • Need


    Quality opera productions outside of London are hard to find. They are even harder to find if you want them to be affordable. They are harder still to find if you don't want just mainstream opera but want to try something rare.


    Buxton Festival will fill this gap in the artistic landscape of the UK by presenting a programme of quality, rarely performed opera at affordable prices in the beautiful setting of the Peak District. The Festival dates are 7 – 25 July. Our opera programme is:

    • Handel’s Jephtha, conducted by Harry Christophers
    • Intermezzo by Strauss, conducted by Stephen Barlow
    • A double bill of The Maiden in the Tower by Sibelius and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Kashchei the Immortal, directed by Stephen Lawless

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver a programme of quality, rarely performed opera at the Buxton Festival in 2012.


    » Plan, fundraise for and promote a 19 day Festival in Buxton offering a quality programme of rarely performed opera.

    What success will look like

    Success will be when our three opera productions receive excellent ticket sales, press reviews and audience feedback.

  • Impact


    The project will improve the operatic landscape of the UK. This will benefit audiences and artists alike. Audiences will benefit from accessible, affordable, top-quality arts being available in their region. Artists will benefit from an improved repertoire and knowledge of opera. Buxton Festival is committed to creating a platform for British artists.

    The successful Festival will also bring greater numbers of visitors to Buxton - a great benefit to the local economy.


    The risks in this project are that income is not sufficient to cover the increased costs of three home-grown productions. Buxton Festival deals with this risk by planning wide and accurate funding streams. We have a very loyal audience and almost 60% of income will come from ticket sales.


    Donors will receive an end of Festival report and regular e-newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £775,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 Theatre Hire Hire of Buxton Opera House
      £100,000 Technical Cost of technicians, lighting etc.
      £232,000 Direct Costs Set, Costumes, design etc.
      £100,000 Cast Cast fees
      £186,000 Orchestra Orchestra fees
      £57,000 Chorus Chorus Fees

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    ACE £120,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Buxton Festival is held in the heart of the Peak District every July.


    People from across the country attend Buxton Festival.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a reputation for the delivery of a quality Festival of opera, music and literature. We have an experience management team and board. We have a loyal audience and sound financial planning.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Glyn Foley

    Chief Executive

    Stephen Barlow

    Artistic Director

Saul by Handel at Buxton Festival 2011

Saul by Handel at Buxton Festival 2011

‘An opera a day keeps boredom at bay. There’s no danger of boredom in Buxton in mid-July…'

The Arts Desk