Music-Makers has regularly presented concerts in Scotland, particularly in Glasgow and the Scottish Borders. We have also promoted special events in London, at the Wigmore Hall and St. John's Smith Square, which have included a 60th birthday celebration of composer Janet Beat and a complete cycle of Bartok's violin/piano works to coincide with the release of the first CD in this award winning series for ASV by Susanne Stanzeleit and Gusztáv Fenyő.
In Glasgow, we introduced chamber music to the West End's Cottier Theatre with a popular cycle of Beethoven's violin/piano sonatas, a Schubert/Brahms series, works by Hungarian and American composers, and a Young Musicians' Platform. During its reign as City of Architecture in 1999, we presented a seven-concert series of Chopin's complete piano music at the magnificent Hutchesons' Hall (opposite where Chopin himself played), to mark the 150th anniversary of his death, as well as performances of Hugo Wolf's settings of Goethe.
In 2003, as part of the city-wide Whistler centenary celebrations, we collaborated with the Hunterian Art Gallery and the Music Department of Glasgow University in a mini-series drawing connections between Whistler's art and music. The refurbished City Halls was the setting for another centenary series in 2006 featuring Shostakovich's chamber music and the first complete Glasgow performance of his 24 Preludes & Fugues.
In 2011 the bi-centenary of the great Hungarian pianist/composer Franz Liszt was celebrated at St Bride’s Church, in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, with two piano recitals which also, fittingly, inaugurated the church’s recently-acquired Steinway concert grand piano. Continuing this focus on the piano, a Vienna Series followed in 2012 which juxtaposed late works by Schubert with sonatas by Haydn and Mozart, concluding with Beethoven’s extraordinary ‘Eroica’ Variations.
Britain’s smallest cathedral on the picturesque Isle of Cumbrae provided a near perfect setting in 2013 and 2014 for a residential summer course for pianists and string players, together with a series of public concerts, thus bringing us full-circle to our early beginnings.
In 1995 we launched Summer Music at Ayton Castle in the Scottish Borders, an annual chamber music festival which was initially combined with a summer school for young musicians. From 1998 Summer Music was held at Paxton House near Berwick-upon-Tweed, a partner gallery of the National Galleries of Scotland. In 2008 we launched another Summer Music festival at Haddo House, near Aberdeen. Further information at Summer Music.