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About Us

Bringing high quality classical music to Buckingham for over 35 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.

Patrons & Trustees


The Rt Hon Lord Luce KG GCVD

Howard & Jane Mordue

Peter & Léonie Thorogood

Robert & Carolyn Cumming


Patricia & Simon Bennett

Edward & Pauline Cox

Miles & Margaret Hedges

George Higgins

Martin & Di Ricketts



Ray & Heather Allcock

Peter & Cherry Baker

Claire Butler & John O’Dwyer

Anne Champion

Marilyn Crawford

Robert & Carolyn Cumming

Richard & Kim Dunkley

Trevor Goosey

Hélène Hill

John & Christine Hockley

Honor Hollis

Jeremy & Sally Howarth

Judith Jeffcoate

Hilary Jones

Mike & Christine Kirby

Helen & Richard Lee

Mike Lindsay

Lesley MacCarthy

Kay Meadows

Mary Melluish


Belinda Morley-Fletcher

Peter Musk

Brian Pankhurst & Brenda Stroud

David & Louise Pendrill

Bill & Kathy Robins

Nick Robinson & Marion Van Hoecke

David & Mary Saunders

Lord & Lady Scott

Valerie Shaw

Tom Stedman

Jane Steel

Stan & Margaret Surzyn

Geoffrey Allan Taylor & Valerie Kirby-Ashmore

Susie Thompson

Paul & Deborah Trayhurn

Bill & Sandra Truscott

John Walton

And others who wish to remain anonymous.

Our Festival Sponsors

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