Internationally renowned musicians and the most exciting new talent


Beautiful Music, Beautiful Places

About The Lammermuir Festival

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.”
Opera Magazine

“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

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What the press say

Great musicians

“The idea is to fill the county’s many churches and stately homes with great musicians playing imaginative programmes.”

BBC Music Magazine

A special kind of listening

“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.”

The Herald

Top 10 classical music choice

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

The Observer