Beautiful Music in Beautiful Places

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The Lammermuir Festival returns for its third year in a few months time, presenting its biggest and most diverse programme to date.

In unusual and stunning venues throughout East Lothian, the Festival runs from Friday, September 14- Friday, September 23.

Most exciting of all is the spectacular event planned the breathtaking medieval ruins of Tantallon Castle, commissioned by the Festival as part of the Year of Creative Scotland.

This year’s Festival carries the hallmark ‘Beautiful Music in Beautiful Places’ and the programme features world-class performances of live music from renowned musicians, alongside some of the finest young artists on the scene today.

Two of Scotland’s finest orchestras return, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and we welcome back the young Navarra Quartet.

The Dunedin Consort opens the Festival with Bach’s St John Passion on September 14, preceding their new recording of the work due for release in 2013.

NYCOS (National Youth Choir of Scotland) close the Festival this year with a performance of Fauré’s Requiem in partnership with Northern Sinfonia from the Sage in Newcastle, who make their Lammermuir debut.

Rising star guitarist, Sean Shibe, is this year’s Young Artist in Residence, appearing in recital at Lennoxlove House on Tuesday, September 18, and in concert with the Navarra Quartet at Whitekirk on September 23.

Lammermuir 2012 celebrates the guitar on Saturday, September 15 with Dunbar Guitar: three concerts featuring the Maxwell String Quartet and leading guitarist Allan Neave, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Sean and ending in the unexpected setting of Belhaven Fruit Farm for a relaxed and fun evening of guitar music from around the world.

Tickets for the Festival are available from www.lammermuirfestival.co.uk; 0131 473 2000 and in person from The Hub, Edinburgh or Hilary’s Deli, Haddington.