It was a special pleasure to introduce our 10th Lammermuir Festival. At the very heart of our programme were 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 were delighted to welcome back the superb Quatuor Mosaïques and welcome for the first time the incomparable baritone Roderick Williams who brought us all three of the great Schubert song cycles.
After last year’s success, Scottish Opera’s delectable Italian double bill was keenly anticipated and our very popular morning coffee and cake concerts were an indispensable start to the Festival day.
Our Festival Patron Steven Osborne, internationally-acclaimed for his Beethoven and his Messiaen, performed masterpieces by both composers, and Composer in Association Stuart MacRae’s third Prometheus-inspired commission was a real highlight.
The intrepid Red Note Ensemble appeared in the most intriguing of several new Festival venues, East Linton’s historic cattle market, and Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis took our breath away with Palestrina and Victoria in Musselburgh’s lovely Catholic church. The Scottish Chamber and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras came back and the brilliant gypsy band ZRI performed live to one of Charlie Chaplin’s best-loved silent movies.
There was of course much more: a programme both richly rewarding and full of surprises. The Lammermuir experience provided a wealth of beautiful music in some of the most beautiful places in Scotland. We hope you’ll decide to try it in September 2020.
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Hugh Macdonald & James Waters
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‘The festival is the highlight of my year. The programming is unvaryingly top class and the performers are all wonderful artists’