A MUSICAL event in the Borders has unveiled an exciting programme of performances this summer.

Music at Paxton will return from July 19-28 offering a week of music spanning a wide array of genres.

Genres featuring at the festival include:

  • Western Classical
  • Middle Eastern
  • Mexican
  • Jewish
  • Balkan
  • Gypsy
  • Tango
  • Flamenco
  • Folk
  • Jazz
  • Bluegrass

The festival will also include performers making their event and Scottish debuts.

The 10-day event will comprise of 22 concerts from international, national and local artists.

Highlights of the festival include:

  • Outstanding modern virtuosi, violinist Viktoria Mullova makes her festival debut with Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson
  • Dance music is at the fore, in Ensemble Hesperi’s baroque entertainment and Kosmos Ensemble’s dazzling mix of world, classical and jazz
  • A special sequence of concerts curated by violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist Cordelia Williams.
  • Music at Paxton Associate Ensemble, the Consone Quartet, bring a wonderful line-up of guests: composer Gavin Bryars, violist Francesca Gilbert, cellist Alexander Rolton, and mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston
  • Scottish première of Gavin Bryars’s String Sextet ‘The Bridges of Königsberg’
  • Tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Jocelyn Freeman present an evening of classic song and host a masterclass
  • New venue Duns Parish Church welcomes violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen in a recital preceded by guided Festival Walk
  • Music at Paxton…Plus: Free May and June taster concerts in association with Live Music Now Scotland featuring pianist Matthew Shiel and Silver Keys clarinet quartet

Angus Smith, artistic director of Music at Paxton, said: "We can hardly wait to start welcoming our wonderful musicians and audiences to Paxton House where we can share together an exciting programme of much-loved chamber music and an eclectic mix of new discoveries in classical, folk and world music.

"With extra daytime concerts, free recitals and lots of family-friendly events, we are hoping to make it easier than ever to enjoy the Paxton experience in the glorious Scottish Borders."

Music at Paxton is committed to reaching as wide an audience as possible.

In a bid to be open to all, the festival is offering free tickets to under 26s through the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, as well as free entry for all under 12s, and concession tickets for all concerts starting on £6, with some concerts across the 10 days being free for all.

Priority booking for patrons and benefactors opened yesterday (Monday, April 8) and will open for Friends of Music at Paxton on Monday, April 15.

General ticket sales will then open on Monday, April 22.

To browse the full Music at Paxton programme and to book tickets, visit: www.musicatpaxton.co.uk