Buxton Music Festival Holiday
Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading art festivals, Buxton Festival is a summer celebration of the very best opera and music at the heart of the beautiful Peak District. Savour two performances selected from the festival programme with an explanation of each from our expert leader. There is also time to enjoy optional guided walks of this stunning area or explore independently.
- Tickets to two events, with good quality seats
- Get the most out of your festival experience with talks and discussions from our knowledgeable leader
- Optional walks to explore the local area
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- Coach transport to and from the festival
- Good quality tickets for performances and festival sessions
- Illustrated talks from your HF Holidays’ leader
- Optional half-day walks led by an HF Holidays’ Walk Leader
You're welcome check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (best & better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.
3.30pm - 5pm
Brahms 3 Intermezzi, Op 117
Lizst Gretchen from Faust Symphony
Beethoven Bagatelles, Op 119
Brahms 7 Fantasien, Op 116
Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism. She has a widespread international career and has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival, NHK and London Symphony Orchestras. She received a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2007 and was the recipient of an award from the Royal Philharmonic Society the following year. At the centre of her programme is the portrait of Faust’s beloved ‘Gretchen’ from Liszt’s Faust Symphony. This is framed by three perfectly crafted sets of miniatures by two titans of the Romantic era: Beethoven’s early Bagatelles and two of Brahms’ latest cycles of Intermezzi for piano. This promises to be a masterful recital of by on the world’s most respected interpreters, and a fitting curtain-raiser for this year’s 40th anniversary concert series.
2pm - 4.30pm
The world premiere of a specially commissioned 40th Anniversary opera pasticcio, celebrating the life and times of Georgiana Cavendish, the 5th Duchess of Devonshire.
Lyrics by Michael Williams, text by Janet Plater. Music compiled by Mark Tatlow.
Sung in English, with side-titles.
A Buxton International Festival production, with the Northern Chamber Orchestra.
While her husband was building Buxton’s magnificent Crescent, Georgiana Cavendish was setting London society alight with a mixture of dangerous liaisons, political activism and reckless gambling. Her life (1757-1806) inspired a best-selling biography by Amanda Foreman and the Keira Knightley Hollywood film, The Duchess.
Georgiana’s life is a story of obsession, the high life and celebrity, and of the relationship between two women in an age of male dominance. With music by Martín y Soler, best known as the composer of Una cosa rara, quoted in the supper scene of Don Giovanni; Giovanni Paisiello, who was considered the most popular opera composer of his day; Stephen Storace, the brother of opera singer Nancy Storace, famous for the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Thomas Linley, ‘the English Mozart’; and, of course, the composer now so widely known, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
The Peveril of the Peak
The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor (accessible via 7 steps down from reception) is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities. Please bring a rucksack, a thermos flask for a hot drink, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
Judith Wallace has been leading Singing, Music Making and Opera & Festival holidays for HF Holidays since 1998. Prior to this she had a long career in primary and further education where she specialised in music and drama. She conducts two orchestras, an operatic society, a clarinet choir and a concert band - all of which she enjoys immensely. When not conducting Judith plays clarinet in orchestras, bands and chamber groups and she also enjoys going to concerts, plays and operas. She enjoys passing on her enjoyment to others and encouraging all guests to have a worthwhile musical experience.
Judith was a first rate leader with seemingly boundless energy and had the uncanny knack of relating well to all the guests. I felt both encouraged and supported by Judith and enjoyed her jocular anecdotes and asides.
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.
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