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Buxton Festival of Opera, Music and Books 2015 Programme Announced

The internationally renowned and award-winning Buxton Festival featuring opera, music and books will take place from 10 to 26 July. Much anticipated opera performances include Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and a concert performance of Charpentier’s Louise. Olivier award-winning Elijah Moshinsky, who has previously directed productions for the Metropolitan Opera New York and Royal Opera House Covent Garden will be directing Giovanna d’Arco.    

Poem a Month for February

This month's poem by Jennifer Vaudin, Settling down with a good book, is very apt as it is National Libraries Day on Saturday 7th February. Jennifer moved to Matlock in September 2009. A move which prompted her to read some great books and poems inspired by the county - and to write this lovely poem.

Will you help Buxton Station get on track?

Friends of Buxton Station (FOBS) have been working to brighten up the spa town’s rail gateway since 2009.  Sadly, they became inactive for a couple of years and have just got a much-needed boost from a revitalising band of volunteers and new Chairman, Dave Carlisle.

Spiltmilk say Dance!

In Good Company Associate company Spiltmilk Dance bring their outstanding “Live & Local” show to Crich.

Part performance, part social dance, Spiltmilk say Dance reinvents social dance crazes that have swept dance floors all over the world; the kind of dances we all end up doing at discos, weddings and family gatherings.

It’s a show of two halves. The first half of the evening sees the company’s three dancers put their unique spin on familiar dance favourites – think disco dancing to Sinatra, the YMCA to Mozart, and The Twist on chairs.

Libraries are being asked to get involved with Shakespeare Week 16 - 22 March 2015

In 2014, the first Shakespeare Week celebration saw 3,142 schools and 470,000 children take part and 62,000 Passports to Shakespeare distributed.

To develop the celebration with families, SCL and ASCEL are encouraging library services to offer family/group activities during Shakespeare Week and are producing resources to support activities.  Partners involved in 2015 are the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Society of Chief Librarians, the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians, The Reading Agency and CILIP.

Buxton Festival of World Cinema Returns

The Third Buxton Festival of World Cinema runs from 23-29 March 2015. Twenty films will be screened over the seven days using two venues. Alongside some of the best films of the last 12 months a clutch of acclaimed films from cinema’s history will also be featured.

Buxton Festival’s 2015 Programme Announced

The nationally renowned and award winning Buxton Festival features an impressive programme of opera, music and literature during July 2015 in the attractive Peak District Spa Town.

Opera performances in the stunning Opera House include Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and a concert performance of Chapentier’s Louise. Elijah Moshinsky the prolific director and three times Laurence Olivier Award winner for Opera will be directing the much anticipated performance of Giovanna d’Arco.