Lammermuir Festival

The Lammermuir Festival was born of a conviction that historic architecture and beautiful landscape together can create an ideal environment in which to experience great 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 nestling between the Lammermuir Hills and the sea. The area’s wealth of beautiful buildings continues to inspire our choice of music and artists.

Every year we celebrate the Festival with a programme of musical and geographical journeys which affirm the endless possibilities of music in this beautiful area.

We continue our close relationships with several of Scotland’s leading ensembles and, as well as inviting internationally renowned musicians, we also seek out the most exciting talent from Scotland, the UK and abroad.

Music has the power to enhance, to refresh and sometimes to change people’s lives. We offer the Lammermuir Festival to all those who come to discover the magic of this beautiful place.

Steven Osborne

Sir Muir Russell (Chair), Kirsteen Davidson-Kelly, Edward Hocknell, Linda Shaw-Stewart, James Stretton and James Waters.

Abigail Carney (Associate Director/Marketing), Susie Gray (Press), Kirsten Hunter (Friends Scheme/Festival Front of House Manager), Hugh Macdonald (Associate Director), Nicky Pritchett-Brown (Fundraising) and James Waters (Artistic Director).

RPS Awards Winner

In 2017 the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) recognised Lammermuir Festival with the award for best Concert Series and Festivals – the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK.

“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

What the press say

‘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 ****

‘It is part of the festival’s appeal that it takes audiences to locations that are beautiful in and of themselves, and it exposes them to great music that seems to fit each place like a glove.’

Seen and Heard International

‘Lammermuir is longer, more intimate and better than ever … If any organisation in Scotland’s arts can be said to have built back better from the pandemic, it’s East Lothian’s Lammermuir Festival . . it’s roaring back to in-person life … it shows laudable ambition and sets a standard many arts organisations could learn from.’

The Times *****