East Lothian’s celebration of
Beautiful Music in Beautiful Places
9 – 18 September 2016
One of the UK’s classiest classical music festivals The Guardian
To hear great music-making in a beautiful building can be unforgettable – the kind of experience we always hope to give you at the Lammermuir Festival, and 2015 was no exception.
We welcomed the Michelangelo String Quartet as Artists in Residence in three fabulous quartet programmes. Steven Osborne returned with “a provocative, magical evening … a spellbinding achievement – a fine beginning in his new role as the festival’s patron” (The Scotsman). Tenebrae also returned, this time to St Mary’s in Haddington, with two programmes of “impeccable, exquisite performances” (The artsdesk.com) and “moments of pure perfection … heaven on earth” (The Scotsman).
Pianist Danny Driver, gave an enthralling account of Ligeti: “a performance of dauntless clarity, understated wit and graceful vitality” (The Guardian). “Viol quartet Phantasm excelled in an unfinished Bach masterpiece Bach’s The Art of Fugue spinning each line with a sense of lyrical, wide-eyed storytelling” (The Guardian)
Johann Sebastian Bach was the focus for a major event in which the festival combined ‘stylish performances’ from the Dunedin Consort (the Artsdesk.com) with delicious baking from East Lothian’s own Konditer Meister Falko and ebullient conversation from experts John Butt and Nicholas Phillipson.
The festival concluded with the Royal Northern Sinfonia making another foray across the border to play Grieg’s ever popular Piano Concerto with their new Music Director, Lars Vogt, a “roof raising end to this year’s eclectic, brilliantly satisfying Lammermuir fesriviaites” (The Artsdesk.com)
There was, of course, much more – 19 concerts in all – including the Hebrides Ensemble and the BBC Scottish Symphony and the Scottish Chamber Orchestras. and as always, we found some beautiful new places in which to listen: churches, country homes and castles.
We’ll have news of next year’s programme in May 2016, until then, please enjoy our film ‘Memories of 2015 Lammermuir Festival’.
Hugh Macdonald and James Waters
“Roll on Lammermuir Festival. For anyone needing a bit of breathing space after the long pandemonium of August, this picturesque and quietly very classy mid-September festival is just the ticket” (The Herald)
“A cherished fixture in Scotland’s music calendar” (The Artsdesk.com)