Buxton Opera Festival
20 Jul — 25 Jul 2021 | Tour Director: John Bryden
• Take in four main festival performances, including Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon and Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master
• 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. Afternoon festival fringe event: Martyn Rady The Habsburgs: To Rule the World. Evening festival opera: Handel Acis & Galatea.
Morning lecture followed by festival fringe event: Andrew Marr The Elizabethans: How Modern Britain Was Forged. Free time.
Morning lecture followed by excursion to Lyme Park (magnificent estate with 18th century modifications, surrounded by gardens, moorland and a deer park). 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. Free afternoon and free evening.
Morning lecture followed by festival fringe event: Petroc Trelawny and Simon Heffer A Land Without Music? Matinee festival opera: Viardot Cendrillon. Evening festival opera: Sondheim A Little Night Music.
Tour disperses after breakfast.
20 Jul — 25 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..."
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FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS
We look forward to three fringe events during our time at the Buxton Festival, beginning with a talk with Martyn Rady, who will discuss his book on the Habsburg dynasty, which was a Sunday Times, Financial Times, TLS and Daily Telegraph Book of the Year 2020. We also look forward to hearing from broadcaster Andrew Marr, author of The Elizabethans: How Modern Britain Was Forged, who will discuss his exploration of the people who have shaped Britain over the course of the second Elizabethan reign. Our final fringe event will see journalist Simon Heffer explore English music in conversation with BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny.
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.