Can­tilena Fes­ti­val on Is­lay

The Oban Times - - Scotfest17 -

Can­tilena is a week-long fes­ti­val of clas­si­cal cham­ber mu­sic on the beau­ti­ful and ro­man­tic is­land of Is­lay. Along with five pro­fes­sional play­ers Can­tilena se­lects gifted stu­dents from the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land to per­form and learn along­side mu­si­cians who have all worked with Bri­tain’s ma­jor or­ches­tras. This is a rare and highly sought-af­ter event for these young pro­fes­sion­als and Can­tilena is the only op­por­tu­nity for Is­lay res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to hear mu­sic which ranges from Ital­ian Re­nais­sance to the present day. The fes­ti­val has been tak­ing place for over twelve years now and at­tracts au­di­ences from as far afield as Italy and Ger­many thanks to the in­ti­mate and in­for­mal at­mos­phere of the con­certs which take place in the Columba Cen­tre in Bow­more and a num­ber of Is­lay’s fa­mous malt whisky dis­til­leries. This year’s fes­ti­val is from Sun­day 9th to Fri­day 14th July and also fea­tures guest artist Swedish con­duc­tor and vi­o­lin­ist, To­bias Ring­borg, whose pre­vi­ous vis­its to Scot­land have been to con­duct ac­claimed per­for­mances with Scot­tish Opera. Con­certs this year in­clude mu­sic by Mozart, Beethoven, Schu­bert, Men­delssohn and Strauss. For a more de­tailed pro­gramme and ticket in­for­ma­tion visit can­tile­nafes­ti­val.co.uk. The 2017 Can­tilena Fes­ti­val on Is­lay will be from 9 - 14 July.

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