Festival date this summer in High Peak

Buxton International Festival is planning to be back this summer with some of the best authors, music and opera returning to the High Peak.

Chief executive officer Michael Williams and his committee have been hard at work planning since Covid-19  badly affected last year’s festival. There will be some changes to the event due to the pandemic.

The festival opens on Thursday, July 8, with Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Little Night Music’ and runs until Sunday, July 20, with the usual array of top line talent  packing the fortnight in between.

Much of the initial planning for an event that attracts performers and audiences from all parts of the country and beyond, has been done, now it’s down to the fine tuning.

Michael admits that planning a festival of the size of Buxton’s during the coronavirus pandemic had been ‘quite challenging’ with social distancing, the size of gatherings and other restrictions to contend with it.

He said: “We have to be very concerned with public safety.”

Large choruses and big orchestras are non-starters, but Michael promises an exciting and entertaining programme.

Details will be announced soon, and the festival brochure, with a full programme of what’s taking place at Buxton Opera House, will be out in April.

Meanwhile the committee, which hopes to stage an event as near to previous festivals as possible, is keen to get feedback from supporters and has put a survey questionnaire on its Facebook page  which it wants people to fill in.

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