The best of the rest…
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
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
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
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
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
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