Wednesday 12 April 2023

Music at Paxton: nine days of music-making in Georgian and Regency splendour in the Scottish Borders

The Regency Picture Gallery at Paxton House
The Regency Picture Gallery at Paxton House

Music at Paxton presents nine days of music at Paxton House, the historic Georgian mansion in the Scottish borders from 21 to 30 July 2023. The festival is opened by the Piatti Quartet in a programme that includes the Scottish premiere of Charlotte Harding's Iorsa plus music by Smetana and Mendelssohn. Music at Paxton Associate Ensemble, Consone Quartet, make their festival debut as part of a three-year residency programme, performing Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Puccini.

There are song recitals from soprano Rowan Pierce with Christopher Glynn and bass William Thomas with Malcolm Martineau, and instrumental recitals from Paul Lewis (piano), Chlöe Hanslip (violin) and Danny Driver (piano), the Katona Twins (guitar duo), and Guy Johnston (cello) and Melvyn Tan (piano) in Beethoven's complete Cello Sonatas.

Scottish harpist, Siannie Moodie, plays the clàrsach, exploring the historical and modern folk traditions from her childhood home in the Highlands, and there is music and storytelling from Ruaridh Geddes (fiddle) and Neil Sutcliffe (accordion) in Traditional Tunes for Tiny People, designed to introduce traditional Scottish tunes and songs to young children, aged 3–7, and their families. BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2022 winner Amy Laurenson (keyboard) and duo partner Portuguese guitarist Miguel Girão explore the music traditions and folklore of Scotland, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe which have been influenced by classical, contemporary music and jazz .

Amateur pianists are invited to participate in a Masterclass with Melvyn Tan, featuring Variations for Judith’ specially written to Grade 5/6 standard by some of Britain’s finest composers, including Judith Weir, Peter Maxwell Davies, Tarik O’Regan, Thea Musgrave and Richard Rodney Bennett. Pianists of any age are encouraged to apply.

Full details from the festival website.

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