Lammermuir Festival returns for fourth year

Lammermuir Music Festival
Lammermuir Music Festival

The Lammermuir Festival returns to East Lothian between September 13-22 with more beautiful music.

The festival attracts major artists, as well as young stars, like The Danish String Quartet who have just been named BBC New Generation Artists.

Founders and Co-Artistic Directors of the Festival James Waters and Hugh MacDonald said: “We can’t believe we are already on the fourth Lammermuir Festival. Guest artists the Danish String Quartet, Mark Simpson, the Aronowitz Ensemble, the King’s Singers and François Leleux join us for the first time. The world premiere of William Sweeney’s new work for our Artist in Residence Alec Frank-Gemmill and the NYCoS National Girls Choir in glorious St Mary’s Parish Church is the kind of unique experience which makes festivals special.”

At 8pm on Friday September 13 Dunbar hosts the opening concert. One of the finest ensembles in the country, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performs Beethoven featuring the outstanding horn player, Alec Frank-Gemmill as soloist in the beautiful Strauss Horn Concerto No 1. Alec’s playing is nothing short of dazzling and this is the first of three chances to hear him over the festival as this year’s Artist in Residence.

On Saturday 14 September, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will fill the magnificent St Mary’s, Haddington with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5, as well as Glinka’s overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla.

Other highlights are the centenary celebration of Britten, whose music features throughout the festival, especially in Literary Britten on Thursday September 19 in Haddington when works of Britten and Auden are brought to life by a tenor with pianist Iain Burnside and award-winning actor, Alex Jennings.

To book, see www.lammermuirfestival.co.uk where you can listen to podcasts of the music coming our way. Tickets from Hilary’s in Haddington or on 0131 473 2000. Tickets available on the day subject to availability.