Out of the Shadows

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Beautiful Music in Beatiful Places: Lammermuir Festival returns with live audiences

St Mary's Church, Haddington (Photo Stephen C Dickson / Wikipedia)
St Mary's Church, Haddington
one of the venues for the festival
(Photo Stephen C Dickson / Wikipedia)
This year's Lammermuir Festival is returning to live performances (with an audience) and from 7 to 20 September 2021 will be bringing back Beautiful Music in Beautiful Places to East Lothian. There will be 37 concerts in eight venues across fourteen days including four song recitals in association with BBC Radio 3.

American pianist Jeremy Denk is artist in residence with performances including book 1 of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and Schubert's Trout Quintet with Maria Włoszczowska and members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, plus an eclectic mix of repertoire from Beethoven to Rzewski, Joplin and Coleridge-Taylor. And Denk closes the festival with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in two Mozart piano concertos.

Scottish Opera makes its fourth visit to the festival with a young cast in a lightly staged version of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. Wolf's Italian Songbook is being presented in a semi-staging whilst Iain Burnside's dramatic exploration of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, The View from the Villa is also being staged. There are song recitals from Robert Murray and Alisdair Hogarth, James Atkinson and Sholto Kynoch, Catriona Morison and Malcolm Martineau, and Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton,  plus Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Schoenberg’s chamber version. 

Other visitors include violinist Coco Tomia and pianist Simon Callaghan, accordionist Ryan Corbett, theorbo player Alex McCartney, trumpeter Aaron Akugbo and organist John Kitchen, pianists Clare Hammond and Richard Uttley, the Maxwell and Navarra String Quartets, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, Tenebrae, Marian Consort, and The Gesualdo Six. The Dunedin Consort returns for its 12th year, this time with Monteverdi madrigals and the Red Note Ensemble will be performing James Dillon’s Tanz/Haus

Peter Whelan conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Mozart, Britten and Haydn including Britten's Nocturne with Joshua Ellicott.

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