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Buxton Opera Festival

15 Jul — 20 Jul 2021 | Tour Director: John Bryden

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Tour Director

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John Bryden,

MA, ARCM, ARCO

international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer

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Itinerary

Day

1

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.

Day

2

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.

Day

3

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.

Day

4

Morning lecture followed by festival fringe event: Helena Attlee Lev’s Violin – An Italian Adventure. Free afternoon. Evening festival opera: Handel Acis & Galatea.

Day

5

Excursion to Lyme Park (magnificent estate with 18th century modifications, surrounded by gardens, moorland and a deer park).

Day

6

Tour disperses after breakfast.

Tour Dates

15 Jul — 20 Jul 2021

Days

6

Cost

TBC

Tour Code

BUX2-21

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Testimonial

"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.

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