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2024 Lammermuir Competition – 5 to 16 September – Seen and Heard Worldwide

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Lammermuir Competition proclaims its programme for its fifteenth pageant in September this yr having walked a path of miracles since its fragile funding cliff-face in 2023.

The total programme is now launched on-line CLICK HERE.

James Waters Chief Govt and Co-Creative Director stated: ‘These final 12 months have been a number of the hardest we’ve skilled in over 30 years of working and operating arts festivals. However they’ve additionally been a number of the most magical as our audiences, our pals throughout the business, our patrons and supporters have all come collectively in voice and, the place they may, with monetary assist to make sure that this yr’s pageant may go forward. Their ardour for what we do is extremely humbling, thrilling and motivating and we actually wouldn’t be right here with out them. Thanks to each one who has supported.

This vastly valued East Lothian pageant rigorously brings collectively a programme of extremely proficient musicians, with music that resonates and expands the viewers expertise in areas throughout the undulating county between the coast east of Edinburgh and the Lammermuir Hills.

On the coronary heart of that programme this yr is Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles carried out within the Concorde Hangar on the Nationwide Museum of Flight. Sung by one of many most interesting choral teams on the planet, Tenebrae, for which it was written, the work which is each ravishingly stunning and vastly dramatic has been carried out as soon as earlier than at Lammermuir to a sold-out viewers who stood cheering when it completed. That is an unmissable masterpiece and centrepiece of the fifteenth pageant.

Concerto Copenhagen, probably the greatest baroque orchestras on the planet, makes its first look in Scotland. Embedding themselves within the pageant as Ensemble in Residence, they provide 4 concert events which spotlight the brilliance of the seventeenth century masters who impressed Bach, from Dutch composer Dietrich Buxtehude to Biber to Schmelzer and lesser recognized geniuses like George Muffat and Johan Helmich Roman.

Scottish Opera visits the market city of Haddington to entertain with Britten’s operatic comedy Albert Herring, set in a small Suffolk market city. The forged contains Susan Bullock as Girl Billows and Glen Cunningham as Albert Herring and directed by Daisy Evans.

The landmark programme additionally marks the pageant debut of the incomparable Véronique Gens, one of many world’s biggest singers. Her again catalogue of award-winning recordings and star appearances at main opera homes speaks volumes. One of many main interpreters of French track, her extra intimate recital on the pageant presents great songs by Fauré, Gounod, Duparc and Hahn.

Amsterdam’s good younger Van Bearle Trio get completist taking part in all of Beethoven’s piano trios, a number of the most stunning music ever written, throughout the favored weekday morning Espresso Concert events, and with world-class truffles.

The pageant’s unashamed devotion to JS Bach continues with The Artwork of Fugue carried out by pioneering viol consort Fretwork and Roman Rabinovich taking part in arguably Bach’s most interesting keyboard music, the Goldberg Variations.

ZRI, named after the Viennese café, usually frequented by Schubert and Brahms, take audiences actually on a journey throughout three rural areas performing their very own distinctive variations of nice works by Schubert, Brahms and Janáček which draw out their gypsy and Hungarian musical influences.

A number of the pageant’s most enduringly in style artists celebrating the fifteenth pageant together with the Maxwell Quartet, Dunedin Consort, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Gesualdo Six, Hebrides Ensemble and lots of others.

And this yr welcomes the model new Valo Quartet partnered with extraordinary American pianist Jeremy Denk who additionally contributes two different sometimes placing programmes together with a celebration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Charles Ives with the transcendent violinist Maria Włoszczowska plus a brass band and a choir.

Throughout 37 concert events there are a lot of extra tales and gems to uncover.

Co-Creative Director Hugh Macdonald added: ‘I believe that is in all probability the richest, most inspiring Lammermuir programme now we have but give you. We’re so delighted – and excited – to be again!

For individuals who strategy the pageant as a possibility to roam and discover the countryside through which it nestles, the journey all the way down to Crichton Collegiate Church and Humbie within the south, Dunbar and Stenton within the east and Dirleton and North Berwick on the northern shoreline soak up a lot of the great thing about East Lothian and its surrounds.

The unfold throughout 15 venues additionally invitations those that may not be so acquainted with classical music to find one thing on their doorsteps, whether or not in one of many fundamental cities or small villages.

This yr’s pageant additionally invitations younger folks in East Lothian by way of its doorways to take entrance row seats in concert events.

Entrance Row is a brand new two-year viewers growth and studying initiative developed in collaboration with East Lothian Instrumental Companies and with assist from Scops Arts Belief which helps to provide folks entry to take pleasure in and take part within the arts.

100 12- to 18-year-old college college students in East Lothian can have the chance to attend a live performance with a seat within the entrance row without cost. They’re additionally invited to attend rehearsals and meet the artists and two can be provided the prospect to hitch with the staff to see behind the scenes and get a style of life engaged on the pageant.

Along with the brand new Entrance Row programme, Lammermuir Competition is providing college college students aged 7-18 free tickets, and full-time college students in additional training aged 16+ half-price tickets to listen to the unimaginable line-up.

The 2024 Lammermuir Competition has been made attainable solely with the beneficiant assist of our many companions, trusts and foundations, benefactors, pals and donors together with The Nationwide Lottery by way of Inventive Scotland, Foyle Basis, McInroy & Wooden and the Stevenston Charitable Belief.

Muir Russell, Chair of Lammermuir Competition stated:This yr’s Competition programme is our strongest but. Because of the generosity of our supporters and pals, and with Inventive Scotland’s contribution, we are able to go ahead to offer one other distinctive, wealthy cultural expertise of the sort that Lammermuir has turn into well-known for.’

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Inventive Scotland stated: ‘East Lothian strikes centre stage on the European cultural scene this September because the Lammermuir Competition returns with a global array of artists from Denmark, France, the Netherlands and past. As ever, the pageant additionally offers a high-profile platform for a few of Scotland’s greatest classical musicians to showcase their world-beating skills. It’s nice to see a programme thread its approach by way of a area in such an creative approach, with choral work within the Concorde Hangar and opera absorbing the environment of Haddington’s historical past as a market city.

The Competition’s relationship with BBC Radio 3 continues with the published of 4 Concerto Copenhagen concert events from the 2024 Competition.

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