It’s only a few years old, but the Music at Paxton festival of top-notch chamber music in a beautiful setting is an event looked forward to by music lovers far and wide. Whether resident in the peaceful Borders countryside where Paxton House sits by the River Tweed, or visiting for the day or short break, audiences can enjoy homegrown and international groups such as the Gould Piano Trio (pictured), Doric String Quartet and the Edinburgh Quartet with pianist Nicholas Ashton. As well as the concerts, there are pre-concert buffet suppers, paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland and a chance to stroll round the extensive grounds.
Paxton House, nr Berwick-upon-Tweed, Fri 16 – Sun 25 Jul.
Paxton House's Picture Gallery serves as the venue for chamber music recitals at the Music at Paxton festival - if you want to know more about the paintings surrounding you as you listen, come along to this talk from the Director of the National Portrait Gallery. 'Part of Music at Paxton Festival'.
The trio of Lucy Gould (violin), Alice Neary (cello) and Benjamin Frith (piano) is one of the most acclaimed chamber groups of our time, with a repertoire that ranges from Haydn via Messiaen to contemporary works written for the ensemble.
Cellist Ursula Smith and pianist Jordi Bitlloch perform Janácek's 'Pohádka' and sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy and Barber. A buffet supper is available from 6pm for £16. 'Part of the Music at Paxton Festival'.
Pianists Philip Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips perform four-hand music including Schubert's 'Fantasy in F minor' and Ravel's 'Daphnis et Chloé: Fragments symphoniques'. 'Part of the Music at Paxton Festival'.
Viriditas Opera presents a comedic outdoor mash-up of the operas of Purcell, Telemann and Boismortier on the adventures of Don Quixote and his faithful squire Sancho. Bring a rug or deck chair and get comfy. 'Part of the Music at Paxton Festival'.
Cellist Ursula Smith is joined by Jordi Bitlloch for an evening of relaxing string music including Beethoven's 'Sonata in G Minor' and Samuel Barber's 'Sonata in C Minor'. 'Part of the Music at Paxton Festival'.
Popular brass quintet Pure Brass return with their wind quintet counterparts, Amici Winds, who make their Paxton House debut. A creative blend of music from both ensembles featuring everything from Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides Overture' to Tom David Wilson's 'Superguy'. 'Part of the Music at Paxton Festival'.