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About Us

Bringing high quality classical music to Buckingham for over 30 years.

Music stand holding score by Mozart

The Buckingham Summer Festival was founded in 1989 by the late Professor Alan Brook MBE and Artistic Director Robert Secret ARAM.

Robert studied the violin with Clarence Myerscough at the Royal Academy of Music before switching to the viola studying with Winifred Copperwheat. 


Further studies with Max Rostal, Cecil Aronowitz and Manoug Parikian followed. As a member of the Maurizi String Quartet Robert took part in classes with the Amadeus Quartet and Lorand Fenyves. Whilst a student at the Academy Robert studied on the conducting course and won all the major conducting prizes and the Principal’s Prize.


Over the years Buckingham Summer Festival has brought high quality musical performers to the town and become an eagerly anticipated part of the town's summer activities and an important cultural event within the Aylesbury Vale area.

Get Involved


Become a Friend of the Festival and help promote live, beautiful music on your doorstep.

The Buckingham Summer Festival has been running for 35 years and is a registered charity run by a small but enthusiastic team of trustees and volunteers.


The Festival relies heavily on generous Friends and Sponsors to keep going year by year, bringing the best in musical entertainment to the town.

The cost of becoming a Friend is a mere £35 for a single or £60 for a joint annual membership.

Please help us to maintain the Festival where it deserves to be – at the heart of Buckingham.

Contact: for more information.

Patrons & Trustees


The Rt Hon John Bercow

The Rt Hon Lord Luce KG GCVD

Howard and Jane Mordue

Peter and Léonie Thorogood



Ray & Heather Allcock

Chris & Philippa Atkinson

Peter & Cherry Baker

Patricia Berrey

Claire Butler & John O’Dwyer

Anne Champion

Marilyn Crawford

Robert & Carolyn Cumming

Richard & Kim Dunkley

Trevor Goosey

Hélène Hill

John and Christine Hockley

Honor Hollis

Judith Jeffcoate

Hilary Jones

Mike & Christine Kirby

Mike Lindsay

Lesley MacCarthy

Kay Meadows

Mary Melluish

Nila Monckton


Belinda Morley-Fletcher

Peter Musk

Brian Pankhurst & Brenda Stroud

David & Louise Pendrill

Bill & Kathy Robins

Nick Robinson & Marion Van Hoecke

Andrew Rudolf

David & Mary Saunders

Lord & Lady Scott

Valerie Shaw

Anthony & Patricia Shillington

Brenda Smith

Mary Smith

Tom Stedman

Jane Steel

Geoffrey Allan Taylor & Valerie Kirby-Ashmore

Susie Thompson

Paul & Deborah Trayhurn

Bill & Sandra Truscott

John & Pat Walton

Kim Whitbread

And others who wish to remain anonymous.

Our Festival Sponsors


Patricia & Simon Bennett

Edward & Pauline Cox

Miles & Margaret Hedges

George Higgins

Martin & Di Ricketts

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