Lammermuir Festival: Emily Hoile (clarsach) and Alice Burn (Northumbrian small pipes) |Winton House
Emily Hoile (clarsach) and Alice Burn (Northumbrian small pipes) below Winton's terraced gardens.

Beautiful Music in Beautiful Places

The Lammermuir Festival returns for its third year presenting its biggest and most diverse programme to date.  In unusual and stunning venues throughout the picturesque region of East Lothian, Scotland, the Festival runs from Friday 14 – Sunday 23 September 2012.

‘Beautiful Music In Beautiful Places’ is the hallmark of the Lammermuir Festival. The stunning natural beauty of East Lothian and its abundance of interesting venues provide the perfect setting. The Lammermuir Festival offers a sense of discovery: discovering music you might not have heard before, discovering new places in East Lothian, or even discovering that a place you know well is transformed when filled with music.

The Lammermuir Festival is coming to Winton House, a Scottish Renaissance gem, on Sunday 16th September at 3pm when two concerts will be performed, and guests can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with home cooked delights.

To hear what’s in store for you, you can listen to this podcast tour of Winton House by Sir Francis Ogilvy.

Music at Winton (2 hours 30 minutes):

Handel Trio Sonata from ‘Esther’
Handel Galliard in G Minor
Vivaldi Trio Sonata for 2 oboes and continuo
Dowland Lute solos
Zelenka Sonata V, for 2 oboes, bassoon and continuo

Ensemble Marsyas will play at Winton House.
Looking forward to hearing the Ensemble Marsyas at Winton House.

Ensemble Marsyas:

Fauré Cello Sonata No 2
Beethoven Cello Sonata No 4 in C

Duncan Strachan Cello

Ensemble Marsyas includes some of Europe’s finest period instrument performers. They will be performing baroque music in Winton’s Georgian ballroom. Winton House is described as “one of Scotland’s most beautiful historic houses” and guests are surrounded by the masterpieces hanging on the walls.

In the drawing room where guests can look up at the intricate plaster ceilings, crafted by the king’s master mason, you can hear Beethoven and Fauré cello sonatas.

Emily Hoile clarsach and Alice Burn Northumbrian small pipes 2 Winton House Lammermuir Festival 2011 credit Amelia Jacobsen
Emily Hoile (clarsach) and Alice Burn (Northumbrian small pipes) in the drawing room. credit Amelia Jacobsen

Last year’s the Scotsman stated: “A resounding success… the Lammermuir Festival has a magnetism all of its own.”

The Festival’s artistic directors, Hugh MacDonald and James Waters, say:

“The 2012 Lammermuir Festival is the biggest yet, including our adventurous site-specific event at Tantallon Castle.  We have had a marvellous time planning twenty-three wonderful performances in unique East Lothian venues.  Ranging from symphony orchestra to solo guitar and from string quartet to a cappella renaissance music, we think this programme is irresistible and we look forward to welcoming audiences in September.”

Chairman of The Lammermuir Festival, James Stretton says:

“It is a great pleasure to be able to launch this, our third Lammermuir Festival.   We have a wonderful programme which we expect will attract people from near and far to hear beautiful music in some of the very beautiful places East Lothian offers.   Whether you know the area or not, you will find varied events to enjoy and fascinating places to discover.   Do join us in September – there will be a warm welcome for you at this young and most exciting Festival.”

The Lammermuir Festival website states:

“This year’s young artist-in-residence is Scottish guitar phenomenon SEAN SHIBE. We feature the music of HANDEL, BACH and VIVALDI as well as threading French masterworks through the programme. We devote an entire day to the extraordinary range of the GUITAR and we are thrilled to be working with BBC Radio 3 on a wonderful series of LUNCHTIME SONG RECITALS.

“Our programme of great music is enhanced by TALKS, WALKS and GARDEN OPENINGS, and the rich food and drink offer of East Lothian.

“Most exciting of all is our event at TANTALLON. As part of the Year of Creative Scotland, Lammermuir 2012 has commissioned a unique and spectacular light and music performance at one of Scotland’s most breathtaking historic sites.”

Lammermuir Festival tickets can be bought via their website or by calling 0131 473 2000  (14th to 23rd September).