Music at Paxton’s new series is bound to get people talking

Music at Paxton Chamber Music Festival is launching an online series called ‘In Conversation With…’.

By Kevin McRoberts
Thursday, 25th June 2020, 10:49 am
Carol Main MBE, director of Live Music Now Scotland, will be in conversation with Angus Smith this Friday, June 26.
Carol Main MBE, director of Live Music Now Scotland, will be in conversation with Angus Smith this Friday, June 26.

The series will involve artistic director Angus Smith chatting to some of the festival’s artists and collaborators.

Despite the festival being cancelled this year due to Covid-19, Music at Paxton has been working behind the scenes to keep the festival spirit alive.

Angus will be chatting with some of the artists and collaborators in a series of Facebook Live conversations that will bring the festival into your living room.

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Launching In Conversation With… this Friday, June 26, at 2.30pm, is Live Music Now Scotland (LMNS) director Carol Main MBE.

Music at Paxton has partnered with LMNS since the festival launched in 2006, presenting free Paxton Plus concerts in the lead up to the main festival in July, and featuring LMNS artists in the main festival programme.

Festival general manager Elizabeth Macdonald said: “We may not be able to connect in person, but we’re doing the next best thing.

“Music at Paxton is adapting to the lockdown with free Facebook Live interviews/performances, archive content, New to Classical Music featuring videos from a number of the industries key voices, including Keith Bruce and Charlotte Gardner, and Tales from the Tweed featuring local businesses connected with the festival.

“We’ll be announcing the schedule on our website, Facebook and Twitter and are especially pleased that our long-time partner Carol Main is launching In Conversation With...”

LMNS supports talented young professional musicians in performing/training opportunities, while taking inspirational live music experiences to a wide audience.

The In Conversation With… series is an opportunity for festival goers to support and connect with some of this year’s artists.

Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth, a fiddle and keyboard duo, and Eddie Seaman and Luc McNally, a pipes and voice duo, were due to feature in the main festival programme.

Join Music at Paxton on its Facebook page to watch Sally and Catriona on July 2 and Eddie and Luc on July 16.