Director to stand down after 13th Music at Paxton festival

The artistic director of a well-established music festival has announced that she will leave her position after this year's event.

Sunday, 7th January 2018, 12:48 pm
Helen Jamieson will be standing down as Artistic Director at Music at Paxton this year.

Helen Jamieson is to step down from her role at Music at Paxton in September, at the end of the festival’s 13th year.

As a consultant, Helen helped to found Music at Paxton in 2005/06, and under her artistic leadership the festival has grown to a 10-day summer event and welcomed international artists to the Scottish Borders, such as Steven Osborne, Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien, who have become regular visitors to the village of Paxton.

Formerly a music officer with the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland), Helen’s freelance work has involved the creation of a week-long international chamber music summer school and project management and consultancy with a variety of music organisations in the UK and further afield.

Helen said: “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved as a small team with a passion for chamber music. For me, nothing can beat the thrill of hearing world class musicians up close in an intimate setting like Paxton House.”

The process of appointing a new artistic director has begun. The board seeks a self-motivated, freelance artistic director to provide artistic vision for the organisation and plan the programme for the 2019 festival and beyond.

Established in 2006, Music at Paxton is a charitable organisation, which produces an international summer festival of chamber music each July in the house and grounds of Paxton House on the banks of the River Tweed.

Music at Paxton aims to bring world-class chamber music to the rural communities to share its passion for classical chamber music and the thrill of live performances, ensuring people of all ages and backgrounds feel welcome.

A full job description and details on the application process and the festival can be found at