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Loch Shiel Spring Fes­ti­val 19-22 April From tubas on Glen­finnan viaduct to An­to­nine Brass in Su­nart’s woods, the fes­ti­val’s al fresco temp­ta­tions are a breath of fresh air. Tel: +44 (0)1967 402313

Web: www.shielfes­ti­val.com

Plug Fes­ti­val Glas­gow 4-11 May

The Brod­ick Quar­tet, Red Note En­sem­ble and Glas­gow New Mu­sic Ex­pe­di­tion join com­poser-in-res­i­dence Rolf Hind (above) as The Royal Con­ser­va­toire plugs into the new. Tel: +44 (0)141 332 5057

Web: www.rcs.ac.uk

Men­delssohn on Mull 30 June –7 July

The is­land-wide cham­ber mu­sic ren­dezvous cel­e­brates its 30th birth­day and en­ters a new era with the Doric Quar­tet at the helm. Tel: +44 (0)7818 691300

Web: www.mendelssohnon­mull.com North­ern Ire­land Opera Fes­ti­val of Voice 31 Au­gust – 2 Septem­ber

Part-cel­e­bra­tion and part-com­pe­ti­tion as five singers go head-to-head, the multi-task­ing fes­ti­val re­turns to Gle­n­arm. Tel: +44 (0)28 9027 7734

Web: www.niopera.com

The Cum­nock Tryst 4-7 Oc­to­ber

Cum­nock re­mem­bers the cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice with a new ora­to­rio by fes­ti­val founder James Macmil­lan. The soloists in­clude tenor Ian Bostridge (be­low).

Tel: +44 (0)778 861 8652

Web: www.the­cum­nock­tryst.com

City of Derry In­ter­na­tional Choral

Fes­ti­val 24-28 Oc­to­ber

As choirs con­verge from across Europe, com­mu­nity events and gala con­certs give Derry some­thing to sing about.

Tel: +44 (0)28 7136 3672

Web: www.der­rychoir­fest.com

Sound 24 Oc­to­ber – 3 Novem­ber

Sound is im­mersed in com­mis­sions from James Dil­lon and Sally Beamish and wel­comes En­sem­ble 2e2m.

Tel: +44 (0)1330 826526

Web: sound-scot­land.co.uk St An­drews Voices 25-28 Oc­to­ber Parry and Schoen­berg make for un­ex­pected bed­fel­lows as Tene­brae hon­ours a World

War I theme also taken up by vo­cal en­sem­ble Song Tell­ers. Tel: +44 (0)1334 475000 Web: stan­drewsvoices.com

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