Sue Prince has it covered

Derbyshire folk artist Sue Prince has brought the rhythm and movement of Buxton International Festival to life for the cover of its 2017 programme.

Waves of colour, sound and applause wash across the brightly coloured scene, featuring performers and the audience dancing outside the town’s Opera House.

Award-winning artist Sue, who was delighted to provide this year’s programme cover, tells stories of people and their places, saying: “It’s like folk music only in paint.

“During the Festival, Buxton positively thrums with sound and energy, which is what I endeavoured to show – the performers, the audience, the waves of sound and energy set before a timeless background,” she said.

“When I paint people they are often repeated a bit like dance. There are several repeated groups of figures in different clothes and sizes. It’s about rhythm and movement.”

Sue is vice chair of Peak District Artisans and is looking forward to their contribution to the Festival Fringe which you can read about on page 29 of the online edition.

The festival is launching a major fund-raising appeal as it enters its fifth decade as the foundation of the town’s cultural economy.

“Al fresco culture at its most unpretentious” was how The Sunday Times described Buxton, which continues to draw worldwide audiences, promoting the town’s tourism and bringing in an estimated
£3 million to the local economy in just three weeks.

It also means the magnificent Buxton Opera House continues to be used for its original purpose, the Festival organisers will say at the appeal launch on July 18.

This year’s Festival continues its Made in Buxton tradition of creating productions of much-loved but rarely produced operas which will never be seen anywhere else, alongside jazz, classical concerts and talks by some of the nation’s great movers and shakers.

The opening nights of the new productions are: Verdi’s Macbeth (July 7), Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring (July 8), and Mozart’s Lucio Silla (July 9).

A visiting production,  Y Tŵr (July 17), is the only performance of this new Welsh language opera outside Wales.

World class pianist Paul Lewis will demonstrate why his talents are in demand across the globe, while Barb Jungr will bring to Buxton her celebrated interpretations of the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

Literary speakers include David Starkey, Lucy Worsley, Paddy Ashdown and Jeremy Paxman.

To book tickets, visit or phone 01298 72190.