Paxton House adds French flavour to chamber festival

French pianist Pascale Roge is on his way to Paxton House
French pianist Pascale Roge is on his way to Paxton House

There will be a French feel to Music at Paxton later this month for 10 days of top chamber music at the historic Berwickshire house.

Leading the bill is Parisian Pascal Rogé, who is among the leading pianists around, and gives two concerts at Paxton.

In the first he plays solo Debussy, Ravel, Satie, and, in the 50th year since his death, French composer Poulenc.

And Roge then plays with virtuoso clarinettist, Emma Johnson, including works by Saint Saëns, Ravel and Milhaud.

Both will discuss Poulenc in Artists in Conversation prior to their performance.

Also on the bill are some of Europe’s most exceptional young artists, this year including the Rhodes Piano Trio, pianist Alasdair Beatson – who opens the festival with a trio of concerts – and the Arcadia String Quartet.

Another highlight of Music at Paxton 2013 is the world premiere of the festival’s second commission, an octet by Anthony Payne, performed by distinguished instrumentalists Jane’s Minstrels.

Payne will also be in discussion with Neil Butterworth about his work and the new commission.

One of the UK’s most highly rated period music ensembles, Florilegium, come to Music at Paxton for the first time.

The group marks Corelli’s 300th birthday in a programme alongside Handel, Frescobaldi, Vivaldi and others on July 25.

Two of the groups appearing this year, the Rhodes Piano Trio and the Arcadia String Quartet, have previously impressed at Music at Paxton when little known, but are now making their mark on the international scene.

The Rhodes were recent second-prize winners in the coveted Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and The Arcadia String Quartet are the most recent winners of the London International String Quartet Competition.

Music at Paxton has worked closely over the years with Live Music Now and continuing the relationship, a double bill of young talent including Trio Isara from Munich and Arunda, one of Scotland’s most promising wind trios.

Music at Paxton runs from July 19 to 28 and tickets and buffet suppers can be bought by phoning 0131 473 2000.