Visitors flood into town for festival

Buxton Admin
Buxton Admin

More than 40,000 people flocked to the annual Buxton Festival to enjoy 19 days of opera, literary talks, music, walks and community projects.

Celebrities visiting the town included Joanna Lumley, Michael Morpurgo and Justin Webb.

Last month’s festival also marks the departure of Chief Executive, Glyn Foley, who retires after 14 years in post, and the arrival of Randall Shannon.

Randall brings a wealth of experience, having previously worked as an arts manager and consultant to a variety of arts organisations and film and television companies, holding chief executive roles at Opera Northern Ireland, Opera Theatre Company (Dublin) and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Randall comments, ‘I am delighted to start work in Buxton, and look forward to the challenges of leading this wonderful organisation, which has thrived under Glyn’s leadership, through to the next phase of development. The audience’s reaction to this year’s Festival has been fantastic, and it’s been fascinating attending events and seeing the feedback first-hand from Festival visitors and local audiences.’