Franҫois Leleux and Christine Brewer among special guests at Lammermuir Festival 2014
- Carol Main
- 27 August 2014
The classical music festival also welcomes the Dunedin Consort, John Butt and the BBC SSO
Five years is hardly any time for a new festival to get itself established, but since it launched in 2010, it’s difficult now to imagine Scotland’s classical music landscape without the Lammermuir Festival. Each year has brought something new and year five is no exception. For the first time, opera will feature in the programme and five new venues are added to the mix of locations which host ‘beautiful music in beautiful places’. In a new production as part of a collaboration with Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire, the glorious sounds of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea can be heard in the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh for one night only. New on the venue list are the upmarket Gilmerton House, not normally open to the public, and the Victorian Power House, now part of the colliery museum at Prestongrange. Threads of continuity are the impressive medieval St Mary’s Church in Haddington, where the festival opens on 12 September with the first of four concerts featuring artist-in-residence, the celebrated oboist Franҫois Leleux, and the Dunedin Consort, who have performed at the festival every year. This time, they bring their version of Handel’s musical drama Acis and Galatea, performing the original version of the piece under the direction of baroque music expert John Butt. Other highlights are Grammy Award-winning American soprano, Christine Brewer, who sings Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for the festival’s closing weekend. On the choral front, the National Youth Choir of Scotland returns with the Duruflé Requiem. ‘We’re tremendously excited about this year’s programme,’ say artistic directors Hugh Macdonald and James Waters. ‘We feel sure that people will come from far and wide to enjoy great music performed by some of the world’s finest musicians in this beautiful part of Scotland.’
Various venues, East Lothian, Fri 12–Sun 21 Sep.