Festival Internships 2017

Want to work in the arts? Gain some experience? Work with world class international artists and writers? AND have fun? Look no further – applications for our festival internships for 2017 are open!

Every year, Buxton Festival offers a number of festival internships for people who would like to work in the arts and events industries. The internships are a fantastic opportunity to experience working for a prestigious festival in a variety of different arts roles. Past interns have secured jobs with a variety of prestigious institutions, including Wembley Arena, the Lowry Theatre, and even here at Buxton Festival! During your internship, you will have the chance to see as many Festival events as you can get to, from world-class opera to celebrated chamber groups and the famous faces of our book series. Being a festival intern is rewarding but also very hard work. We are therefore looking for enthusiastic and hardworking people who thrive on long days and can withstand the pressure of the festival. This year, placements will run from the 3rd to the 26th July in Buxton.  The placements are unpaid, but we do provide accommodation in Buxton, and £500 towards your food and travel expenses.

For our 2017 festival, we are offering the following internships:

Music/opera intern x 3, your duties will include:

  • operating the Festival opera surtitles (some additional rehearsals w/c 24th June)
  • working with the Concerts Manager
  • stewarding events
  • page-turning
  • front-of-house duties
  • venue set-up
  • general ‘running’
  • admin in the Festival office

Book series intern x 1, your duties will include:

  • liaising with authors
  • author meet and greet
  • venue set-up
  • stewarding events
  • front of house duties
  • general ‘running’
  • admin in the Festival office

Concerts Assistant x1, your duties will include:

  • working with Concerts Manager, Technical assistant and artists
  • co-ordinating stage builds and venue set-up
  • page-turning
  • stewarding events
  • front of house duties
  • general ‘running’
  • admin in the Festival office

Artistic Admin and Marketing Assistant x 1, your duties will include:

  • managing social media accounts during festival and festival events
  • updating and writing blogs
  • supporting the Executive Assistant
  • admin in the Festival office
  • front-of-house duties
  • venue set-up
  • general ‘running

Competition for these exciting roles is strong and places are limited. If you would like to apply please send a CV and covering letter detailing which role you are applying for, and any relevant skills and experience you think you could bring to the role to Graihagh@buxtonfestival.co.uk.

Closing date – 24th February 2017

Life as a Buxton Festival intern

I returned to the beautiful town of Buxton after many years as a competitor at the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, when I was a teenager. To be able to return to the town, to work at the ‘other’ festival has been a huge joy.

I have had the opportunity to operate the surtitles for I Capuleti e i Montecchi which has given me lots of experience in an area I didn’t have any before. My quick music reading skills have improved dramatically even in a short space of time and that is an invaluable experience I now have.

I was also given the responsibility of running the Gardens Marquee venue, at times when the Venue Manager, Jean, was working in the Pavilion Arts Centre. Jean was wonderful and was very trusting to hand over the reins to me! I hope I did a good job and thank her for giving me this experience.

I also have learnt a huge amount about the development of the Festival – taking part in post-show drinks with sponsors and corporate partners. Of course, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of the Friends of the Festival on numerous occasions, many of which I have worked with as front of house at the PAC, the Gardens Marquee or at St John’s Church. Their commitment and dedication to the Festival is unparalleled and I have had the upmost pleasure getting to know some of them.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience as a Festival intern; one I will cherish forever.

Olivia O’Connell Festival intern 2016

Welcome to our interns!

Each year, the Festival welcomes seven interns to work behind the scenes, whether that be running the opera surtitles, page-turning, working front of house, managing artists’ riders or doing some social media (because we’re very social media savvy here), each day is varied and different from the last! I was an intern a couple of years ago at the Festival and absolutely loved it – the sheer variety of tasks and fast-paced environment; meeting new people and gaining new experiences. I’m really looking forward to welcoming our interns this year, and thought I’d have a quick catch up with them all to find out what they’re looking forward to at Buxton.

Verena Silcher

Verena Silcher

Most of all, I’m looking forward to being surrounded by music every day and to be involved in the day to day running of a large and exciting festival. The internship scheme is such a great opportunity to gain hands on experience and I’m really grateful to be able to find out more about how everything works and what challenges I’ll encounter. I’m particularly looking forward to operating the surtitles for Beethoven’s Leonore and since I’ve played the cello from the age of six, I certainly don’t want to miss Lionel Handy’s concert on July 21. Last but not least I’m looking forward to exploring Buxton and of course to meeting my fellow interns.

Olivia O'Connell

Olivia O’Connell

I’m eagerly anticipating my return to Buxton Opera House after spending my summers as a teenager performing on its stage. But, I’m equally as excited to work behind the scenes and with the creative and technical staff and hope to gain insight into the ‘other’ side of the glorious Opera House. I’ll be working on a new production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi – a variation on Romeo and Juliet – in the year marking 400 years after Shakespeare’s death!

Oliver Gildea

Oliver Gildea

I am very much looking forward to being part of the Buxton opera festival! I look forward to taking charge of the surtitles for Tamerlano and meeting lots of interesting new people whilst at the festival. I am very excited about the prospect of being able to work with and watch some amazingly talented musicians!

Philippa Ridgway

Pip Ridgway

I am delighted to be working for the Buxton Festival this year! I am excited to have a great festival experience, and I’m particularly looking forward to the opera productions, especially Tamerlano, and performances from Manchester Chamber Choir.

 

Emily Castles

Emily Castles

The Buxton Festival is a brilliant few weeks of literature, music and opera, and I am thrilled to be working at such a prestigious event and cannot wait to get stuck in! As a keen historian I am particularly looking forward to ‘An Evening of Murder with Dr Lucy Worsley’ as well as Josephine Wilkinson’s talk about the fifth wife of Henry Vlll, Katherine Howard. I am also extremely excited to watch David Crystal’s talk on Shakespeare and Claire Harman’s talk on Charlotte Brontë, exploring two of the biggest literary icons on their joint anniversaries through the eyes of the contemporary reader.

Matt ThomasMatt Thomas

I’m looking forward to actually watching one of the operas this year. For one reason or another, I didn’t manage it last year except for page-turning at the opera excerpts concerts.

 

 

Lee Moore

Lee Moore

I’m looking forward to being back in Buxton having done the internship last year! I’ll be working on the technical side of events, including microphone handling, stage set-up and sound checks. I like in particular the Music in the Cafe line-up this year.

We look forward to welcoming them very soon!

Lily Bracegirdle Executive Assistant

Vacancy: Book Festival Intern

This is a unique opportunity to gain direct experience at one of the UK’s leading book festivals. We are looking for a talented individual who will play a key role in every aspect of the book festival. As the Book Festival Intern, you will report to the Festival’s Literary Manager. You will be first point of contact for our speakers and you will:

  • welcome high profile authors to our events
  • manage event schedules
  • work closely with professional venue management and technical teams
  • set-up venues and manage speakers’ riders
  • lead a team of Festival interns in microphone handling during event Q&As
  • liaise with accommodation and transport providers
  • write features for Festival blog and social media
  • liaise with Festival partner Waterstones to provide book signings at events

This is a hugely rewarding role that will help you on your way to a great job in the creative industries. Previous interns now work in the arts, events, publishing, media, education and travel and tourism sectors. We are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly, self-motivated person who will thrive on the long days, variety of roles and pressure of the Festival.

Buxton Festival is a 17-day celebration of opera, music and books. Every year we welcome over 30,000 people to our diverse programme of events. The book festival draws large audiences to talks by a range of the UK’s best authors. You’ll get to meet politicians, comedians, historians, actors, academics, novelists, biographers and much more! This year features comedian Alexei Sayle, bestselling novelist Paula Hawkins, TV personality Julia Bradbury, historian Dr Lucy Worsley and politician Vince Cable.

The placement will run from 4th July – 27th July in Buxton.  While the placements are unpaid we do provide simple accommodation in Buxton and £500 towards your food and travel expenses.

If you would like to apply please send a CV and covering letter telling us why you would be perfect for this exciting role to lily@buxtonfestival.co.uk

Closing date – 13th May 2016

Shirley Williams ITV interview
Baroness Shirley Williams being interviewed about her mother, Vera Brittain, by ITV in 2014
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Peter Hennessy talking about his book Establishment & Meritocracy at the 2015 Festival
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David Starkey on the Magna Carta at the Buxton Festival Book Weekend 2015
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Andrea Wulf signing her book The Invention of Nature at the Buxton Festival Book Weekend 2015

Internship programme 2016

Do you see yourself working in the arts? Want to gain some experience? Look no further!

In 2016 the placements will run from 4th July – 27th July in Buxton.  While the placements are unpaid we do provide simple accommodation in Buxton and £500 towards your food and travel expenses.

Being a Festival Intern can be a hugely rewarding experience that will help you on your way to a great job in the arts.  Past Festival Interns have gone on to work in a variety of settings including Wembley Arena, the Lowry Theatre and Buxton Festival!  Being a Festival Intern is also VERY hard work.  We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly, motivated people who will thrive on the long days, variety of roles and pressure of the Festival.

There are two types of internship available:

Festival Intern:

  • operating the Festival opera surtitles (some additional rehearsals w/c 24th June)
  • page-turning
  • stewarding events
  • front-of-house duties
  • venue set-up
  • general ‘running’
  • admin in the Festival office

Literary Series Intern:

  • venue set-up
  • front of house duties
  • liaising with authors
  • author meet and greet
  • general ‘running’
  • admin in the Festival office

You will have the chance to see as many Festival events as you can get to from world-class opera, to the best of UK chamber music to the famous faces of our literary series.

Competition for these exciting and rewarding roles is strong and places are limited.  If you would like to apply please send a CV and covering letter detailing which role you are applying for, and any relevant skills and experience you think you could bring to the role to lily@buxtonfestival.co.uk.

Closing date – 18th March 2015