THE much-anticipated Lammermuir Festival begins on Tuesday, with 37 concerts spread over 14 days.

The festival begins with four song recitals in partnership with BBC Radio 3 featuring Robert Murray and Alisdair Hogarth, James Atkinson and Sholto Kynoch, Catriona Morison and Malcolm Martineau, and Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton.

Over the course of two weeks, some of the best classical musicians gather at venues across East Lothian to bring audiences a special re-immersion in the power of live music.

Visionary American pianist Jeremy Denk has been confirmed as artist-in-residence for four concerts. Continuing Lammermuir’s Bach strand into its 12th festival, he brings his technique and insight to The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1.

He is joined by Maria Włoszczowska and members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Schubert’s popular ‘Trout’ quintet; performs a solo recital of Bach, Taylor-Coleridge, Thomas ‘Blind Tom’ Wiggins, Joplin-Chauvin, Beethoven and Rzewski; and closes the Lammermuir Festival on September 20 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra playing two Mozart Piano concertos: No. 14 in E flat major K449 and No. 23 in A major K488.

Among those performing at the festival, which dates back to 2010, are Scottish Opera (St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington). They will bring Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with a talented young cast and full chorus and orchestra.

The Maxwell and Navarra String Quartets return with programmes of Haydn, Howells, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Dvorák, and Mozart, Bartók and Beethoven respectively.

Other highlights include Tom Poster’s set of virtuosi the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective making its festival debut with two concerts.

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