What's on in 2017
The Lammermuir Festival was born of a conviction that historic architecture and beautiful landscape can be an ideal environment in which to experience great music and music-making.
The festival was established to bring the finest musicians together with local people and visitors in celebration of music in towns and villages across the county of East Lothian, nestling between the Lammermuir Hills and the sea. The area’s wealth of beautiful buildings continues to inspire our choice of music and artists.
We are proud to continue our close relationship with several of Scotland’s leading ensembles, but as well as inviting internationally renowned musicians, we also seek out the most exciting new talent from Scotland, the UK and abroad.
Music has the power to enhance, to refresh and sometimes to change peoples’ lives. Firm in that belief we offer the Lammermuir Festival as a gift to the people of East Lothian and all those who come to discover the magic of this beautiful place.
“A remarkable experience – The Lammermuir Festival, founded only in 2010, is going from strength to strength under artistic directors Hugh Macdonald and James Waters.”
“East Lothian is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets boasting a wealth of great country houses, ancient churches and idyllic rural towns and villages & a plentiful supply of beautiful places for the festival’s performances.
The music is carefully matched to each venue’s character and acoustic and hearing music at the Lammermuir Festival is an extra-special experience.”
Wall Street International
“The idea is to fill the county’s many churches and stately homes with great musicians playing imaginative programmes.”
BBC Music Magazine
“The Lammermuir Festival takes place in East Lothian, the part of Scotland with the softest contours and the most hours of sunlight per annum. There’s a quiet class about the whole thing that generates a special kind of listening: for all the dark arts of conjuring festival ambience, Lammermuir tends to simply programme right and let the music do the talking.”
“This festival’s subheading is beautiful music, beautiful places. It fulfils its promise.”
Planning our 8th festival has once again been an adventure and a huge pleasure. This year we offer the wonderful Quatuor Mosaïques in their core repertoire of Haydn and Mozart. Two transcendent musicians – pianist Steven Osborne and cellist Alban Gerhardt – play separately and together.
Our popular morning coffee concerts return with more of Haydn’s incomparably stimulating music in the hands of the Gould Piano Trio.
There are more new places to discover, including the granary in a lovely old farm steading where the Red Note Ensemble will unite music, drama and film. And the Orlando Consort bring a great, heart-wrenching silent movie about Joan of Arc and sing a live soundtrack of music of her time.
Pilgrimage is another theme with the Orlandos in music by the mediaeval master Dufay, and Tenebrae in Joby Talbot’s astonishing Path of Miracles.
We begin an exciting association with composer Stuart MacRae and old friends return with great music: the Dunedin Consort with Handel, the Hebrides Ensemble with Schubert’s Octet, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Mahler, and Lars Vogt with three Beethoven piano concertos.
And there’s more! We hope you enjoy exploring our festival programme and look forward to seeing you in September.
Hugh Macdonald and James Waters, Artistic Directors
We are delighted to announce that Lammermuir Festival is the winner of this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Award for Concert Series and Festivals – the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK.
‘Beautiful Music in beautiful places is this festival’s strapline. Lammermuir Festival is also beautifully curated. A wide-ranging programme, inspired by the historic architecture and landscape of its East Lothian location, whether hill folds or fields, fishing villages or market towns, features the very best of Scotland’s artists at the heart of its music-making’.
“One of the UK’s classiest classical music festivals”
“The Lammermuir Festival takes place in East Lothian, the part of Scotland with the softest contours and the most hours of sunlight per annum.
There’s a quiet class about the whole thing that generates a special kind of listening: for all the dark arts of conjuring festival ambience, Lammermuir tends to simply programme right and let the music do the talking.”