Is­lay pre­pares to host fes­ti­val that should be a real clas­sic

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

AS THE be­gin­ning of July ap­proaches, prepa­ra­tions are be­ing put in place for the Can­tilena Fes­ti­val on Is­lay.

The fes­ti­val will run from Sun­day to Fri­day July 3 to 8, with four pro­fes­sional play­ers and seven se­nior/post­grad­u­ate stu­dents of the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land tak­ing part.

The first con­cert of the fes­ti­val will take place on Sun­day in the Columba Cen­tre in Bow­more and will in­clude a pi­ano trio of Haydn, a pi­ano quar­tet of Mozart and a pi­ano quin­tet of Schu­mann.

On Mon­day July 4 at Laphroaig, the fo­cus is on the stu­dent mem­bers of the group when in­di­vid­ual stu­dents demon­strate their tal­ents. The whole en­sem­ble will then per­form Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross.

On Tues­day in the Columba Cen­tre, Bow­more, Hav­il­land Will­shire will present a pi­ano recital and the night will also in­clude per­for­mances of mu­sic by Scar­latti, Ravel and Grieg.

Wed­nes­day’s con­cert in­cludes mu­sic by Galuppi and Mar­cello with a con­certo for dou­ble bass and strings by Bottesini.

The fol­low­ing evening, in Ard­beg, Can­tilena will present an all-Mozart pro­gramme ded­i­cated to the late cap­tain Tom Friedrich of Is­lay House, who was a great friend and sup­porter of Can­tilena. The pro­gramme in­cludes a pi­ano trio, an oboe quar­tet and Eine Kleine Nacht­musik.

The fi­nal con­cert will take place at Bruich­lad­dich, in the vil­lage hall, and will in­clude Tchailovsky’s Ser­e­nade for strings and Can­tilena’s “clas­si­cal ceilidh”.

This year artis­tic direc­tors are An­gus Ram­say and Scott Mitchell. All con­certs start at 7.30pm and tick­ets are avail­able from Celtic House, Bow­more, or at the door of the var­i­ous venues.

Prior to these events, a short pro­gramme of light clas­sics will take place in the Rhinns Hall, Port­na­haven, on Thurs­day June 30 at 8pm and tick­ets are avail­able at the door.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­fer to www.can­tile­nafes­ti­

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