Tickets go on general sale on 1st April - so you have plenty of time to make your choices. High on our priority list are the following:
- Monday 14 July - Rachel Cooke in conversation about her book Her Brilliant Career
- Tuesday 15 July - counter tenor Michael Chance accompanied on lute and theorbo by Paul Beier in a programme of Purcell and Dowland songs
- Friday 18 July - La Serenissima, violin duos (Vivaldi etc). Adrian Chandler was brilliant last year and will surely dazzle alongside Cecilia Bernardini this year
- Sunday 20 July - Alan Johnson will be in conversation with Festival chair Dame Janet Smith about his autobiography, This Boy. [The Festival mass this day is Haydn's Theresienmesse]. In the evening the Huddersfield Choral Society will be raising the roof at St John's with a programme of Parry, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and more
- Monday 21 July - The Swingle Singers (remember them!) are at the Opera House
- Tuesday 22 July - accordionist Djordje Gajic is at St John's with an intriguing and varied programme
- Thursday 24 July - The Orwell Debate: the Housing Crisis and the Countryside will have a particular resonance in the Peak District.
- Sunday 27 July - the final day of the Festival includes a concert by soprano Gillian Keith who is a much-loved Buxton regular.
Here's a not very difficult Festival-related competition for you. On Sunday July 13th there are two quite famous people speaking - Jonathan Aitken and Lord Archer. They have a number of things in common - but what very specific events from around the turn of the century unite them? Depending on the number of correct answers (the judges verdict will be final) we might find a suitable prize.