Summer Music

Summer Music, a festival of high-quality chamber music concerts in relaxing, rural locations, was established by Music-Makers in the Scottish Borders in 1995, firstly at Ayton Castle and then at Paxton House. Featuring some of Britain's outstanding chamber musicians, its reputation rapidly grew under the direction of Gusztáv Fenyő and Susanne Stanzeleit to become Scotland's leading chamber music festival.

Summer Music's imaginative programme has ranged from a celebration in 2000 of J S Bach and his influence, through the mainstream repertoire to twentieth-century masters, such as Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Messiaen and Kurtág, and the commissioning of a new work by Paul Keenan.

In 2008 we were delighted to present a pilot festival at Haddo House in Aberdeenshire, while continuing our association with Paxton House in the Borders: Summer Music 2008 combined, thus, an extended weekend of events on a similar theme at both venues, providing an opportunity for audiences to sample the distinctive flavour of each location.

Paxton House

Paxton House
Haddo House

Haddo House
Ayton Castle

Ayton Castle