What was on in 2019
It is a special pleasure to introduce our 10th Lammermuir Festival. At the very heart of our programme are some of our favourite artists – from the extraordinary young flautist Adam Walker making his Lammermuir debut, to our old friends and Ensemble in Residence the Dunedin Consort with four magnificent concerts centred on Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.
We’re delighted that the superb Quatuor Mosaïques is back and that the incomparable baritone Roderick Williams is bringing us all three of the great Schubert song cycles.
After last year’s success, Scottish Opera’s delectable Italian double bill is keenly anticipated and our very popular morning coffee and cake concerts will once again be the indispensable start to your Festival day.
Our Festival Patron Steven Osborne, internationally-acclaimed for his Beethoven and his Messiaen, performs masterpieces by both composers, and Composer in Association Stuart MacRae’s third Prometheus-inspired commission promises to be a real highlight.
The intrepid Red Note Ensemble appear in the most intriguing of several new Festival venues, East Linton’s historic cattle market, and Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis will take your breath away with Palestrina and Victoria in Musselburgh’s lovely Catholic church. The Scottish Chamber and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras are back and the brilliant gypsy band ZRI will perform live to one of Charlie Chaplin’s best-loved silent movies.
There is of course much more and we think you’ll find our programme both richly rewarding and full of surprises. But one thing is certain: the Lammermuir experience offers a wealth of beautiful music in some of the most beautiful places in Scotland. We hope you’ll decide to try it and we look forward to welcoming you in September.
Hugh Macdonald & James Waters
‘It’s not just the Festival’s programmes that entice, it’s the venues too’
BBC Music Magazine
‘Locations and music in perfect harmony’
‘The combination of countryside, lovely weather and transcendental music-making constituted one of the best musical experiences of my life’
‘The festival is the highlight of my year. The programming is unvaryingly top class and the performers are all wonderful artists’