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Melissa Bradshaw

Music at Paxton festival returns for 2019

2:16, 12th April 2019

Music at Paxton, a summer festival of international chamber music, takes place in Paxton House on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish borders from 19 – 28 July 2019.

Winners of the 2017 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, the Maxwell Quartet, have been announced as the Music at Paxton Associate Ensemble for the years 2019 – 2021. Their performances of the classical string quartet repertoire, combined with their championing of the Scottish folk music tradition and their passion for leading outreach activities with children and families, are an ideal complement to Music at Paxton’s ambition to engage people of all ages and backgrounds and their commitment to Scottish music.

Maxwell Quartet said: ‘We are overjoyed to be beginning a really special musical journey with Music at Paxton this year. When we first came to the festival in 2018, we found it to be such an inspiring place to make music. There is something very special about the warmth of the audiences, the clarity of the acoustics and the ambience and history of the house and surrounding area.’

On Saturday 27 July at 2pm Maxwell Quartet perform a family concert at Old Parish Church, Kelso, followed by a second concert at Paxton on Sunday 28 July at 3pm with traditional Scottish folk music to follow at the end of festival party.

Other highlights for 2019 include performances from:

  • Pianist Paul Lewis
  • Violinist Tasmin Little in partnership with pianist Piers Lane
  • Soprano Louise Alder (pictured) with pianist Gary Matthewman
  • Leonore Piano Trio
  • Pianist Tom Foster in a curated series with violinist Savitri Grier, cellist Laura van der Heijden and French horn player Ben Goldscheider
  • Coquetdale Chamber Choir with director John Casken
  • Young and emerging Scottish musicians, showcased in two free Live Music Now Scotland ‘Music at Paxton…Plus’ concerts

Angus Smith, artistic director for Music at Paxton, said: ‘I am thrilled that so many wonderful musicians will be visiting the festival this summer. Their fantastic skills and brilliant musicianship stand out, but they are also all wonderful communicators with a passion for engaging closely with audiences, not only in the formal concert setting but also before and after events. All this will add to the great traditional festival buzz at Paxton!’

Music at Paxton is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, and tickets will be available through Hub Tickets with public booking opening at 10am on Monday 22 April.


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