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Buxton Festival launched at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre

Dame Janet Smith, Chair of Buxton FestivalIt promises to be a good summer in Buxton whatever the weather.

For 17 days the town's venues - indoors and out - will be hosting a raft of events, described as the perfect marriage of opera, music and books.

The festival, this year sponsored by Central Technology, of Chesterfield, was officially launched this afternoon at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

It will be holding a second launch party in Westminster on Wednesday next week, ironically while the State Funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is being held.

As usual, this year's Festival will feature a number of operas, many jazz music sessions - including two nights where the star of show will be The James Pearson Trio, the house band at Ronnie Scott's, London's premier jazz venue - and a number of literary events including talks by AN Wilson, Jane Gardam, Melvyn Braqgg, Sandi Toksvig, the Duke of Devonshire, a selection of politicians and TV's Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury.

And the DNCC has two tickets which can be won by members for Julia Bradbury's event but to find out more you'll have to read the May edition of In Business.

Dame Janet Smith with Ian Snow, MD of Central TechnologyCentral Technologies Managing Director Ian Snow said his company had decided to sponsor the Buxton Festival this year because "it wanted to do something for the wider community that was different from their usual sports sponsorship".

Launching the event, Buxton Festival Chair Dame Janet Smith said: "It's going to be a good summer in Buxton."

The event starts on 5 July and runs until 21 July.