Join us for a weekend of music from talented young Dumfries and Galloway performers.

17th – 19th May 2024

A Brand New Event at Dabton House

We are proud to announce an upcoming event with Absolute ClassicsDabton House’s Classical Musical Retreat – promising an extraordinary experience for classical music enthusiasts. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland, Absolute Classics brings a unique offering of classical music to Dabton House in May, featuring renowned musicians and rising talents alike.

Guests are invited to immerse themselves in either a one night, or full weekend of classical music indulging in dinner, bed, and breakfast while enjoying intimate concerts featuring the emerging musicians of Dumfries and Galloway.

About Absolute Classics

Founded in 2014 by the visionary Artistic Director, Alex McQuiston, Absolute Classics has become synonymous with excellence in classical music presentation. Over the years, the organisation has showcased some of the finest classical musicians to audiences while also nurturing and supporting emerging talents. From celebrated performers like Evelyn Glennie, Tamsin Little, and Peter Donohoe to rising stars such as Hugo Eedle and Catriona Arthur, Absolute Classics has consistently delivered unforgettable performances.

A musical event not to be missed

The upcoming event at Dabton House will feature a diverse lineup of performances by emerging artists, all from Dumfries and Galloway and having studied at prestigious conservatoires. The schedule for the event is as follows:

Friday, May 17:

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Iona McDonald Concert

Saturday, May 18:

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Will Archibald Concert

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Hugo Eedle, Catriona Arthur & Lewis Menzies Concert

Sunday, May 19:

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Callum Walton Concert

The intimate concert room at Dabton House, the Drawing Room, offers seating for up to 35 guests, providing a cosy and immersive setting for each performance. Pianist Yuki Negishi has been invited to join the event, adding an extra layer of musical excellence to the performances.

In addition to the captivating concerts, attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their experience with a two-course dinner. This offers the chance for audience members to mingle with the performers and fellow music enthusiasts.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of classical music amidst the stunning surroundings of Dabton House. Join us for a weekend of unforgettable performances, presented by Absolute Classics. The program length for each concert is 1 hour.

Dabton House’s Classical Music Retreat

Make the most of the concerts and enjoy Dabton for an overnight or weekend stay. Packages include a tour of the four-acre private garden, afternoon tea, pre-concert drinks, and a two course dining experience with the musicians. The weekend package also includes a private art tour of neighbouring Drumlanrig Castle, and a complimentary treatment in the wellness suite at Dabton. See package details below:

For tickets and further information, please contact Alasdair Knight by email at or call +44 7552 736 599.

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