Summer Concert Series

We’re delighted to welcome you to join us for any or all of this year’s Summer concerts.
All begin at 3pm and are free of charge unless otherwise indicated.
All of the Sunday afternoon concerts are followed by cathedral Cloister Teas.


Sunday 25 June 3pm
Telemann Ensemble
40th Anniversary Concert

Since its creation in 1977 this Ensemble has given more concerts in the Cathedral of The Isles than any other. Led by its founder, Leslie McLeod, the Ensemble is a unique group of musicians who play Baroque music with skill, passion and verve. Highly popular with our audiences, the Ensemble was named after Georg Philip Telemann (1681 – 1767) whose anniversary is also being marked this year. For this special occasion a double-length programme will be presented, with an opportunity for chat and refreshments at the interval.

Sunday 2 July
Alastair Savage Trio
Alastair Savage, violin
Iain Crawford, bass
Euan Drysdale, guitar and piano

A concert of airs, jigs, strathspey and reels from the Scottish fiddle tradition featuring melodies ancient and modern.

Sunday 16 July
Joanna Nicholson, clarinet
Alastair Chisholm, piano

A return visit by one of Scotland’s finest clarinettists who will present a mixed programme of Romantic and Modern music.

Sunday 23 July
David Hamilton, organ

To mark the sesquicentenary of the Cathedral’s Frederick Holt organ, David Hamilton will play Stanford’s “Britannica” Sonata of 1917, and “Laudate Dominum” by the Dutch composer Jan Welmers, who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year.

Sunday 30 July
Angela Brownridge, piano

A recital by this world-famous pianist to include the F minor Fantasy and the Andante Spinato and Grand Polonaise by Chopin, contrasted with Preludes by Debussy.

Sunday 6 August
Sally Silver, soprano
Jeremy Silver, piano

We are delighted to welcome the return visit of Sally and Jeremy to give an outstanding recital of German lieder including Schumann’s moving Song cycle “Frauen liebe und leben”.

Sunday 13 August
Cumbrae Cathedral Choir
Gordon Stewart, organ

A concert to be given by Gordon Stewart, one of our finest players, on the 150-year-old Frederick Holt organ. As well as brilliant organ music the concert will include performances of works written by the great Orlando Gibbons for performance in Edinburgh in 1617 when King James VI & I made his unique return visit to the land of his birth.

Sunday 20 August
Kentigern String Quartet
Barbara Downie, violin
Nicola Boag, viola
Feargus Hetherington, violin
Jessica Kerr, cello

A concert by one of Scotland’s best string quartets who will present music by Haydn and Brahms.

Sunday 27 August
Jonathan Cohen & Alastair Chisholm, pianos

This popular duo will give a recital including music by Mozart, Saint-Saëns and others.

Sunday 3 September – No concert

Sunday 10 September
8 + 1
directed by John McIntosh

This high-voice choir from Dunoon will present a programme of love-songs through the centuries under the title “Remember me, my deir”. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Sunday 17 September
Andrew Johnston & Michael Jones, pianos

A brilliant 2-piano recital to include music by Bax and Medtner, together with Rachmaninoff’s famous 2nd Suite Op. 17.

Sunday 24 September
Gusztáv Fenyő, piano

The series ends with a late great masterpiece by Schubert, his Sonata in A major, D. 959 played by this famous Hungarian pianist.


Candlelit Celebrity Recitals

This year we introduce a series of 4 Friday evening concerts, to celebrate our magnificent Bösendorfer concert grand piano. Completely restored in the winter of 2015-16, it is already recognised as one of the finest pianos west of Glasgow. A number of our best pianists have agreed to present first-rate programmes for these occasions, and the careful timing of these events will allow our audience to return to the mainland. Each concert will begin at 7.30pm and last for an hour, finishing in ample time to catch the 9.00 or 10.30 ferry back to Largs.

Friday August 4th at 7.30pm.
Elaine Gould
A programme of major piano works, including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Following this concert a gala buffet supper (price £7.50) will be available in the Cloisters. Please order in advance from the Warden.

Friday August 11th at 7.30pm.
Elena Fischer-Dieskau
A celebration of the great German contribution to Romantic piano music with works by Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms.

Friday August 25th at 7.30pm.
Lauryna Sableviciute
A concert given by this Lithuanian-born virtuoso who will contrast French music with work from the Baltic states and music by Cecil Coles, a Scottish victim of WWI.

Friday September 8th at 7.30pm.  TBC.


Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th August
Four Hands, One Piano or Two?  a musical course
presented by Jonathan Cohen and Alastair Chisholm

Join us in an exploration of the emergence of music for 4 hands, using the wide range of instruments in the Cathedral from a Morley virginal to a Bösendorfer concert grand piano. The music will range from domestic pieces from the time of Jane Austen to pieces for 2 grands written by Percy Grainger. There will be 3 illustrated lectures and an evening concert over 2 days. Resident participants will receive full board in the College’s elegant surroundings. Course cost: £160

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