Music at Paxton 2017 will take place 14-23 July.
The chamber music festival takes place in Paxton House, on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. This year’s event will feature performances from Marco Ramelli, the Elias Quartet, Benjamin Frith, Steven Osborne, the Carducci Quartet, Aonach Mòr, Sirocco Winds and Quatuor Zaïde.
Other highlights include two recitals from Mahan Esfahani, including a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations; a programme celebrating Handel and his London contemporaries from the Illyria Consort; a cello masterclass and a performance of Bach’s complete cello suites by Pieter Wispelwey; and songs by Schubert, Schumann and Mahler from soprano Ruby Hughes and pianist Joseph Middleton.
This year’s event will feature the inaugural Promenade Concert, taking in some of Paxton House’s reception rooms and featuring music from flautist Emma Wilkins, harpist Esther Swift and clarinettist Calum Robertson.
The free one-hour ‘Music at Paxton…Plus’ concerts will return to the festival: guitarist Marco Ramelli will perform works by Tarrega, Albéniz and Paganin, and clarinettist Calum Robertson and pianist Juliette Philogene will offer a programme of music by Françaix, Gershwin and Edward Gregson.
Music at Paxton also offers Sunday morning keyboard recitals, varied afternoon events including folk music in the marquee, two intimate recitals in the Dining Room, and a musical tour exploring some of the principal reception rooms of the 18th century neo-Palladian mansion.
Helen Jamieson, artistic director for Music at Paxton, said: ‘This year’s festival is more ambitious than ever and we will be using every available space – from the marquee to the magnificent dining room – and every minute of these wonderful musicians’ time to provide the best and most varied event possible.’