Across East Lothian, Scotland

September 2021


Patron Steven Osborne

Well . . .

. . . we finally managed to have a 2020 Lammermuir Festival. Given the circumstances, it was a real success!

We streamed 12 concerts in 12 days in sound and vision which enabled many of our musicians to give their very first performances since March. We partnered with Scottish Opera to broadcast direct from Theatre Royal Glasgow and we were also thrilled to join with BBC Radio 3 to present 4 live lunchtime broadcasts – the only live concerts from any Scottish festival in 2020. And we were delighted to welcome presenter Kate Molleson who guided audiences through the concerts at one beautiful location – Holy Trinity Church in Haddington.

We were excited by the number of people who bought festival passes and many of you followed the festival daily and often re-watched concerts. We attracted many new supporters from the UK, Canada, the USA and Japan. And you told us that you would like us to continue presenting work online in 2021 alongside live events. We don’t know what next year will bring but we are hoping that the crisis will abate so that we can offer a ‘blended’ 2021 festival with both live and online concerts.

But now is a time to say thank you.

Thank you to our wonderful Friends and Benefactors.
Thank you to Creative Scotland and our other supporters
Thank you our wonderful artists.
Thank you Holy Trinity, Haddington for being our 2020 home.
And above all, a huge thank you to you our audience – familiar and new – who have supported the festival by coming on the journey with us.

Please continue your support by becoming a Festival Friend and / or making a donation. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Lammermuir Festival in 2021 – in whatever guise it is presented! In the meantime please do join the mailing list by clicking on the button above.

Hugh Macdonald & James Waters
Artistic Directors

What the press say

‘This festival’s subheading is beautiful music, beautiful places. It fulfils its promise’

The Observer

‘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’

The Guardian

‘Music treats in surprising places. Hard to ask for more than that I’d say. I urge you to check it out’

Seen and Heard International

‘A remarkable experience – The Lammermuir Festival, founded only in 2010, is going from strength to strength under artistic directors Hugh Macdonald and James Waters.’

Opera Magazine

Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society best UK classical music festival 2017

Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society best UK classical music festival 2017

‘The Lammermuir Festival is one of the UK’s youngest classical music festivals, but it has already carved out for itself a pretty special niche in the hearts of the audiences who are in on the secrets of its quality and its very special atmosphere’

Seen & Heard International

Beautiful Music, Beautiful Places

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