New commission part of festival’s closing repertoire

The Picture Gallery, Paxton Music Festival, Berwick-on Tweed, Northumberland / Scottish Borders
The Picture Gallery, Paxton Music Festival, Berwick-on Tweed, Northumberland / Scottish Borders

A composition commissioned by Paxton House for this year’s Music at Paxton is the highlight of the event’s closing weekend.

The piece, called ‘The Undiscovered Country’ will form part of the repetoire of Jane’s Minstrels who will bring the curtain down on this year’s festival on Sunday evening.

It has been composed by Anthony Payne, who has also completed Elgar’s unfinished third symphony.

Jane’s Minstrels set list also includes pieces by Holdst and Brahms, whose Piano Quartet, well known for its closing Rondo alla Zingarese, should bring the Festival to a rousing conclusion.

This year’s festival started on Friday and has so far seen performances from the likes of Alistair Beaston, the Arcadia String Quartet and David Watkin but there is still plenty of music to come in its final few days.

Tonight nationally renowned period instrumentalists Florilegium mark the 300th anniversary of Corelli’s birthday.

Their performance at7.30pm this evening will feature two pieces from the famous composer as well as music by Handel, Vivaldi and Pasquini.

Tomorrow night will see the first of two appearances from pianist Pascal Roge. The internationally respected musician will tinkle the ivories to the sounds of Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc,.

And he is back in the spotlight again on Saturday night when he will unite with former BBC Young Musician of the Year Emma Johnson.

The ever popular Pure Brass return to Paxton House on Sunday for what hopefully will be, weather permitting, an outdoor performance on the grass.

Anyone planning on going along to their hour long performance is advised to take a rug or folding chair.

And before Jane’s Minstrels take to the stage there will be an Artist in Conversationsession at 5.15pm with Anthony Payne.

For tickets and further information visit www.musicatpaxton.co.uk.