Music at Paxton back for 2011

Music at Paxton festival. Heath Quartet.
Music at Paxton festival. Heath Quartet.
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NOW in its sixth year, the Music at Paxton festival shows no signs of letting its standards slip, with another top line up of entertainment for audiences to look forward to in 2011.

This year’s 14-concert line-up, supported by Creative Scotland, brings together artists of international renown with some of the gifted up and coming musicians who are following in their footsteps.

The Paxton House-based festival opens on Friday, July 15, with the Edinburgh-based Hebrides Ensemble, regular contributors to the festival, and closes with the Chiaroscuro Quartet led by violinist Alina Ibragimova.

Other artists set to perform in the Picture Gallery include the immensely talented Heath Quartet; pianist James Baillieu, the Newcastle-based Avison Ensemble; the 24 Choir from the University of York who will perform a free outdoor concert of English, American and Chinese songs and tenor Ed Lyon who, with pianist Christopher Glynn will present a programme of music from the 1920s and 1930s entitled Coward’s Contemporaries.

The Scottish Flute Trio will also be appearing during the week, Tuesday, July 19 to be precise, with the young guitar sensation Sean Shibe in a programme to include a brand new festival commission from Nigel Osborne which has a strong local connection.

Speaking about his new work, Osborne said: “It is called ‘The Painters in my Garden’ and is inspired by pictures that the Glasgow Boys painted in Cockburnspath, including some in what is now my garden.”

And back by popular demand are Pure Brass who will give a light-hearted outdoor family concert on the final afternoon, Sunday, July 24.

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There’s something else to look forward to before this year’s Music at Paxton starts. On Tuesday, July 12, The Illyria Open Air Theatre Group will be performing Fantastic Mr Fox in the grounds of Paxton House from 6.30pm.