What's on in 2018
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.
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.”
“The idea is to fill the county’s many churches and stately homes with great musicians playing imaginative programmes.”
BBC Music Magazine
‘With superlative international performances in lovely atmospheric settings I can see why it has attracted such accolades and continues to enjoy such success.’
Early Music Forum
‘Beautiful places these certainly are, but to call the music of the festival simply beautiful would be missing something: it was a lot more besides.’
The Daily Telegraph
We’re delighted to introduce our 9th Festival – our most ambitious yet. Scottish Opera visit us for the first time with a unique performance of one of Britten’s great Church Parables.
The multi-talented Mark Simpson joins us as artist in residence, appearing as both composer and clarinet soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Red Note Ensemble.
Instrumental brilliance is everywhere, not least from two superb young string quartets, the Van Kuijk and the Maxwell, who share our morning Coffee Concert series, linked once again by the captivating music of Haydn. The incomparable Danish String Quartet make a welcome return and our ongoing project with composer Stuart MacRae brings another fascinating new work on the Prometheus myth.
We have a very special song recital series in which the Prince Consort and renowned jazz pianist Jason Rebello combine to explore how classical song and jazz can strike creative sparks off each other. The wonderful mezzo Anna Stéphany gives a celebrity recital as does Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva.
The community of Dunbar comes together to perform a specially commissioned opera and we look forward to memorable concerts from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Dunedin Consort.
Mark Simpson directs Mozart’s monumental Gran Partita and our old friends the magnificent Stile Antico return to close the festival with some of the most beautiful sounds you’ll ever hear.
There is much more – do come and share it with us in September!
Hugh Macdonald and James Waters, Artistic Directors
‘There is 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 Lammermuir Festival excels in bringing together a phenomenal line-up of world-class artists to perform a mixture of familiar and challenging repertoire in special places.’
The International Piano