Music at Paxton is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Artistic Director. Angus Smith will take over from Helen Jamieson in October 2018 and will lead the creative direction of the Festival from 2019 and beyond. Currently Artistic Director of Music in the Round in Sheffield, Angus is best known as a founder member of the award-winning Orlando Consort, one of the world’s leading chamber vocal ensembles.

On accepting the position, Angus said “I am absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the wonderful Music at Paxton Festival. Throughout my music career I have found it to be a hugely rewarding and enjoyable experience to work in a chamber music environment, both as a performer and as a programmer. The close dialogue that takes place between musicians and the audience in this most intimate form of music-making is incredibly exciting and sharing the resulting experiences with others is a true joy. I am of course aware of the brilliant work of Helen Jamieson and her colleagues in establishing and developing Music at Paxton as a major and vital organisation promoting the very best music and musicians. I am looking forward to bringing something of my own individual perspective to future programmes and activities, but my starting point will unequivocally be to maintain the record of excellence and imagination provided by Helen.