Established in 2006, Music at Paxton is a charitable organisation dedicated to bringing exceptional chamber music to a wide audience – both young and old, north and south of the Scottish Borders – to share, inform and inspire.
Music at Paxton has become an established fixture on the cultural calendar, and its unique character reflects the close relationship with Paxton House itself. The Picture Gallery where the main concerts are held creates the ideal setting and acoustic, and provides:
“…the perfect balance of intimacy and grandeur that invites the audience to play an active part in the performance and allows the musicians to feel warmly embraced in a thrilling atmosphere.”Doric String Quartet: 2016 Artists
By special arrangement with Paxton House, the Festival presents more intimate programmes elsewhere in the house, each location adding its distinct quality to create a unique ambience.
Music at Paxton is passionate about opening the world of chamber music to the widest possible audience, and the Festival enjoys a thriving partnership with Live Music Now Scotland. Each spring, they perform in our free ‘taster’ concerts, and deliver programmes in schools, care homes and day centres throughout the Borders in the weeks leading up to the Festival.
“Live Music Now Scotland is delighted to work in partnership with Music at Paxton in ensuring that the high quality live music heard in the summer festival at Paxton House, can also be experienced by people throughout the Scottish Borders communities.”Carol Main: Director, Live Music Now Scotland
Music at Paxton programmes feature artists working on the international stage at major venues, including Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein. The Festival also actively seeks out young prize-winning musicians, including those on the BBC New Generation Artists scheme, Young Classical Artists Scheme, and winners of BBC Young Musician and Wigmore International String Quartet competitions. Many Music at Paxton artists have visited on several occasions, including violinist Alina Ibragimova, pianists Alasdair Beatson, Steven Osborne and Cédric Tiberghien, cellists Pieter Wispelwey and David Watkins, the Chiaroscuro and Doric Quartets and the Hebrides Ensemble.
Helen Jamieson, Artistic Director has ensured the success of the Festival since 2006 with her exceptional programming skills and connections. She continues to engage inspiring musicians with varied programmes to delight and challenge audiences. In 2016, the Festival appointed Elizabeth Macdonald as General Manager, bringing her extensive experience as event manager, artist agent and chamber musician.
Music at Paxton enjoys the support of an active and independent Board of Trustees living north and south of the border, and including from the village of Paxton itself. Constituted as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, the board meet regularly to secure the short- and long-term artistic and financial sustainability of the Festival.
List of Directors:
Marianne Butler (Volunteers Coordinator)
Anthony Henfrey (Chair)
Adrienne Thunder (Friends, Patrons & Benefactors Secretary)