Buxton Opera Festival
15 Jul — 20 Jul 2021 | Tour Director: John Bryden
• Take in four main festival performances, including Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master and Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton’s The Enchanted Pig
• Experience Early Opera’s celebrated rendition of Handel’s Acis & Galatea, recipient of BBC Music Magazine’s 2019 Opera category award
• Enjoy a visit to the Grade I listed Buxton Crescent, following a £50m renovation, and an excursion to the house and grounds of Lyme Park with its unique collections
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Tour assembles 1330 at Best Western Plus Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton, for five nights. Welcome and introduction followed by some free time. Evening festival opera: Sondheim A Little Night Music.
Morning lecture followed by festival fringe event: Polly Toynbee and David Walker The Lost Decade 2010–2020. Festival fringe event: Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton – works by Poulenc, Duparc, Mahler and Schumann. Afternoon: some free time followed by lecture. Evening festival opera: Arnold The Dancing Master.
Morning visit to Buxton Crescent (Grade I listed Georgian building, which recently underwent a major renovation) including Heritage Experience. Matinee festival opera: Dove and Middleton The Enchanted Pig. Free evening.
Morning lecture followed by festival fringe event: Helena Attlee Lev’s Violin – An Italian Adventure. Free afternoon. Evening festival opera: Handel Acis & Galatea.
Excursion to Lyme Park (magnificent estate with 18th century modifications, surrounded by gardens, moorland and a deer park).
Tour disperses after breakfast.
15 Jul — 20 Jul 2021
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"Culturally this was an excellent tour. And there is so much happening in Buxton during the festival to interest and inspire..."
ACE customer on a previous Buxton Opera Festival tour
FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS
We look forward to three fringe events during our time at the Buxton Festival, beginning with a talk from journalist Polly Toynbee and social commentator David Walker, who will survey the decade since 2010 and consider what lies ahead in the post-Covid world. This will be followed by music from the renowned mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly and pianist Joseph Middleton, who will perform a programme featuring works by Poulenc, Duparc, Mahler and Schumann. Finally, we will enjoy a talk with author and Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, Helena Attlee, who will discuss her new book Lev’s Violin: An Italian Adventure.
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking every day between the hotel, opera house and other festival venues. The walk between the hotel and the centre of Buxton is hilly.
Cost of £1565 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, four main festival performances as described, three festival fringe events as described, breakfast, one lunch, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, twin/double room for single use supplement £215.