Packed in at Paxton

TOMORROW sees the start of sixth Music at Paxton festival of chamber music.

This year’s 14 concert line-up, supported by Creative Scotland, brings together artists of international renown.

The festival opens with the Edinburgh-based Hebrides Ensemble, regular contributors to the festival, and closes with the Chiaroscuro Quartet led by violinist Alina Ibragimova.

The ever-versatile pianist Joanna MacGregor will perform a programme including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, giving a workshop earlier in the day.

Other artists include the immensely talented Heath Quartet (pictured top of page), the Newcastle-based Avison Ensemble, the Frith Piano Quartet and tenor Ed Lyon who, with pianist Christopher Glynn, will present a programme of music from the 1920s and 1930s entitled Coward’s Contemporaries.

The Scottish Flute Trio will be appearing during the week with the young guitar sensation Sean Shibe in a programme to include a brand new festival commission from Nigel Osborne.

Osborne said: “It is called The Painters in my Garden and is inspired by pictures that the Glasgow Boys painted in Cockburnspath, including some in what is now my garden.”

Yehudi Menuhin’s charity and festival partner, Live Music Now, has a strong presence this year with a double bill of Duende (Yvonne Paterson, flute, and Andrew Robinson, guitar) and soprano Jemma Brown, accompanied by Maryam Sherhan.

And back by popular demand is Pure Brass who will give a light-hearted outdoor family concert.

Other afternoon events feature Baroque violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk, leader of the Avison Ensemble, the award-winning pianist James Baillieu, who also performs the Brahms Quintet with the Heath Quartet, and the 24, a dynamic vocal ensemble from the University of York, giving a free outdoor concert.

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