Lammermuir Winter Festival of Online Concerts Announced

Following from the overwhelming success of this year’s Lammermuir Festival in September that involved a return to live concerts, the organisation announces its first Winter season of online concerts.

Taking account of the fact that not everyone could make it out to East Lothian this year for reasons such  not being quite ready to attend concerts or just some concerts being sold out, Lammermuir Festival has captured nine very special performances to release online through the winter.

These nine concerts from the festival include performances by artist in residence Jeremy Denk as well as music by guest ensembles The Gesualdo 6, Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective and the Dunedin Consort.

The Festival’s strapline, Beautiful Music in Beautiful Places, is underscored by three additional films that have been created alongside the Festival itself in ‘secret places’ that, while not capable of hosting live performances, will show off the beauty of East Lothian. Through these, audiences near and far can access places rarely open to visitors while enjoying performances by baroque violinist Huw Daniel at Gosford House, guitarist Tom Beattie at Hailes Castle, and cellist Philip Higham in the family chapel at Lennoxlove House.

Artistic Directors of Lammermuir Festival Hugh Macdonald and James Waters said “It was incredible to bring audiences and musicians together in September and it created many wonderful moments and memories. We are delighted that some of these were captured on film which we can now share with audiences who we hope will join us over the dark winter months either to relive stunning music making or discover some of this year’s concerts for the first time. Alongside the performances captured at this year’s Festival we recorded three magical, secret recitals in three gorgeous spots across the county which could never accommodate live audiences. They are beautiful atmospheric performances which we hope many people enjoy.

“We would like to thank EventScotland and Creative Scotland for their support in realising this series, and the many Friends, Benefactors and Supporters which give us the strength of support to bring such a high quality of artist to the festival for us all to enjoy.”

The Lammermuir Festival is in the process of contacting schools and care homes in East Lothian to offer this Winter Season of concerts for free and would like to thank Creative Scotland, EventScotland and the many supporters, trusts, foundations and benefactors.

Tickets can be booked online at lammermuirfestival.co.uk where details of the programme can be found.

Concerts will be released each Friday at 12noon from 5th November to 10th December and from 7th January to 11th February and be available for one month.

Irene Brown

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