We are recruiting.

Vacancy: Artistic Director

Music at Paxton seeks to appoint a Freelance Artistic Director to provide artistic vision for the organisation and plan the programme for the 2019 Festival.

Role: Artistic Director

Type: Freelance (P/T) position (0.2FTE), commencing 01 October 2018; 12-month contract renewable annually by mutual agreement

Location: Home-based working / Scottish Borders (concerts and meetings)

Fee: £7,500 plus appropriate expenses

The deadline for applications is Friday 16 February 2018 at 5.00pm. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Friday 23 February 2018, and interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Monday 05 March 2018.

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For further information, please email us at: info@musicatpaxton.co.uk.

About us

Music at Paxton

Music at Paxton was established in 2006 to present high quality performances of chamber music at Paxton House.

Over the past decade the festival has grown to a ten-day summer festival, bringing international artists to the Scottish Borders such as Alasdair Beatson, Adrian Brendel, Mahan Esfahani, Joanna MacGregor, Alina Ibragimova and Cedric Tiberghien, Steven Osborne, Pascal Rogé, the Doric, Carducci, St Petersburg, Edinburgh Endellion and Heath Quartets, the Primrose and Frith Piano Quartets, Scottish Ensemble, Avison and Hebrides Ensembles, James Baillieu and the Scottish Flute Trio.

Concerts are held in the stunning Picture Gallery, an intimate venue seating 140. With its wonderful acoustics, domed roof-light that lets in the summer sun and walls hung high with paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection, it is an idyllic setting for chamber music.


Formally constituted as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, the Trust has a strong and independent board of trustees drawn from both sides of the border:



Tony Henfrey (Chairman)
Marianne Butler (Volunteers Coordinator)
Jill Harrison
Wren Hoskyns-Abrahall
Amanda Platt
Sir John Shepherd
Henrietta Simpson
Adrienne Thunder (Friends Coordinator)
Andrew Walker

Helen Jamieson, Artistic Director, has worked with a variety of music organisations in a freelance consultancy capacity, since 2004, prior to which she worked as Music Officer for the Scottish Arts Council for 19 years. She has successfully planned and run the Festival for the past 10 years.

Elizabeth Macdonald, General Manager, is Managing Director of Anwyl Ford. She has planned, organised and managed events for varied audiences and organisations, including the Edinburgh International Festival, the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University. She is co-founder and partner of the Rose Street Quartet.

Music at Paxton is registered in Scotland No. 305241; Charity No. SC037392.
Registered Office: Paxton House, Paxton, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1SZ.

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