About this Event

Spend a delightful Saturday evening at Marchmont in the company of acclaimed cellist Kim Vaughan - making her Marchmont debut - accompanied by Simon Leach, Marchmont’s Musical Director, on the harpsichord. The classical evening programme features music by Baroque composers including Bach, Telemann, and Vivaldi.

The concert takes place in arguably the finest room at Marchmont, Sir Robert Lorimer's majestic oak-panelled Music Room, and celebrates the debut of Marchmont’s most recent acquisition: a magnificent harpsichord made by legendary English maker Andrew Garlick.

Doors open at 6:30pm for pre-concert drinks (included). The concert begins at 7:00pm and concludes at 8:15pm without an interval.

The Music Room
A detail from the harpsichord hand painted by Andrew Garlick


The concert will feature music by composers of the Baroque period:

G. P. Telemann - Sonata in D major

A Vivaldi - Sonata IV RV 45 in B flat major

A Vivaldi - Nulla in mundo, pax sincera

F Couperin - Pieces en Concert

J.S. Bach - Sonata BWV 1028

J.S. Bach - Aria

Option to stay overnight at Marchmont and enjoy dinner with Kim and Simon

We have a limited number of rooms available for concert attendees to stay overnight at Marchmont at a special event rate, and enjoy dinner with Kim and Simon after the concert. This option includes early arrival, a three-course dinner after the concert, an overnight stay in the main House (all bedrooms are ensuite with king-size beds), breakfast and finally a tour of Marchmont House the following morning.

This can be booked directly subject to availability but please email office@marchmonthouse.com if you require further details.

The Lorimer Dining Room and Bedroom 1


Kim Vaughan

Kim is a cellist andfounder member of the Benyounes String Quartet and Artistic Director of Quercus Ensemble. She studied cello in Derry and Dublin and in 2000 was awarded the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year prize. She continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2003, where her teachers included Kim Bak Dinitzen, Emma Ferrand and Gregor Horsch. In 2009 she was a recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Young Musicians Platform, which led to concerto performances with the Ulster Orchestra and a recital at the Belfast Festival at Queens, both recorded for BBC Radio Ulster.

Whilst at the RNCM she was a founding member of the Benyounes String Quartet, with whom she studied at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva under Gabor Takacs-Nagy, with the support of the prestigious RPS Julius Isserlis scholarship. Here they won the conservatoire’s most esteemed Prix d’Exellence and went on to win the 2012 1st International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest and second prize at the 2014 Orlando String Quartet Competition. They have given concerts to critical acclaim across the UK and Europe at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, King’s Place, Vienna Konzerthaus, St Martin in the Fields, LSO St. Lukes and the Budapest, Mondsee, Verbier, Gstaad New Year, West Cork Festivals and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. The Quartet held the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for two years.

Kim plays an English cello made by William Forster from ca. 1770 for which she is grateful for the support of Harriet’s Trust.

Simon Leach

Simon graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1992 with the Alice Shawcross Organ Award. At the RNCM he studied organ with Gordon Stewart, harpsichord with David Francis and piano with David Lloyd. He regularly performed with RNCM Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He appeared in master classes with Daniel Roth, Olivier Latry, Susan Landale and Jacques Van Ootmerssen. A RNCM travel bursary enabled Simon to travel to Paris to receive some coaching on the interpretation of the compositions of Naji Hakim with the composer.

After graduating Simon was appointed organ scholar at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King where he accompanied the choir for services, concerts and on several European tours. Since leaving the Cathedral Simon has combined his work as a freelance performer with a busy private and school teaching schedule. He is on the instrumental teaching staff at ESMS Edinburgh and Manchester University and is very much involved in the musical life of both.

Simon has performed on the piano, organ and harpsichord with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (including Austria and Germany tour), The Hallé, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia. London Festival Orchestra and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. (Including a solo performance of Kenneth Leighton’s Harpsichord and Recorder Concerto with John Turner)

He has given solo organ recitals in many of Great Britain’s Cathedrals and Concert Halls including Westminster, Newcastle, Coventry, Manchester, Chester Cathedrals and the Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh. He first performed in the USA in 2010 at the Cathedral of St Patrick New York and has returned to America on subsequent occasions performing again at St Patrick’s and at the Church of St Thomas 5th Avenue. In February 2017, Simon gave his hugely successful debut recital at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Simon performs regularly for radio broadcasts and is on the team of organists for the BBC Daily Service which is broadcast live on BBC Radio 4. He has also played the organ on several editions of Coronation Street and the Christmas Carols with Corrie.

He is currently the Musical Director at Marchmont House in the Scottish Borders and the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.

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