Summer Concert Series

We are delighted to announce this year’s programme of concerts:

10 JUNE – 30 SEPTEMBER
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS AT 3PM

Sunday 10 June
High School of Glasgow
Leavers’ Concert

These able musicians from this famous school open our season with a selection of solo and ensemble pieces celebrating the contribution of youth to our musical world.

Sunday 17 June
Lammermuir Voices
Director – James Waters

These distinguished singers from the Lothians will present an impressive programme of choral music including the famous Papae Marcelli Mass by Palestrina.

Monday 18 June at 7pm
Live Music Now Scotland presents Calum Robertson, clarinet, & Juliette Philogène, piano.

A delightful early evening recital by two of Scotland’s best young musicians

Sunday 24 June
Telemann Ensemble
with Magnus Walker, tenor

Visits by the Telemann Ensemble are always highlights of the summer, and this year they will appear twice. This concert of Baroque music will include a Bach Cantata with solo tenor, and the sixth Brandenburg Concerto as well as works by Handel & Telemann.

Sunday 1 July
Alastair Savage Trio
Alastair Savage, violin
Iain Crawford, double 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 8 July 3pm
Classical Guitar Recital – see Cathedral What’s On page or below for details

Sunday 15 July
Harpsichord Lecture – Recital
by Alastair Chisholm.

Using the Cumbrae harpsichord and Virginal, the Cathedral’s Director of Music will introduce the audience to the world of harpsichords and will illustrate his talk with music old and new.

Sunday 22 July
Donald Robinson, cello
Christopher Bragg, organ

A recital of music by J.S. Bach, Richard Hol and Saint-Saëns by Donald Robinson, a graduate of Bremen and Royal College of Music and Christopher Bragg, Head of Music Programming at St Andrew’s University. Two outstanding performers.

Sunday 29 July
Angela Brownridge, piano

A recital by this international artist in the same year as her tour of China. Her recital will concentrate on masterpieces by Debussy and Gershwin, including a solo version of the famous Rhapsody in Blue.
 
Sunday 5 August
Christopher Guild, piano

A return visit by this outstanding young pianist who has recorded 3 discs of the piano music of Ronald Stevenson. His recital will include works by Brahms, Vaughan Williams and Stevenson.
 
Sunday 12 August
Telemann Ensemble
with Anna Heywood, soprano

A second visit by the Telemann Ensemble when they will perform Mozart’s Quintet K452 for piano and winds and Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock for soprano, clarinet and piano.
 
Sunday 19 August
Lorna McGhee, flute
Alastair Chisholm, piano
 
A return visit by one of Scotland’s outstanding players, Lorna McGhee, now Principal Flute of the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra. Lorna’s programme will concentrate on French music and will include works to mark the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy.

Sunday 26 August
Jonathan Cohen  &  Alastair Chisholm,  pianos

This popular duo will present a programme including music by J.C. Bach, Schumann and Debussy.

Sunday 2 September
Kentigern String Quartet
Barbara Downie, violin
Feargus Hetherington, violin
Nicola Boag, viola
Jessica Kerr, cello

A concert by one of our finest string quartets who will present music by Janacek and J.B. McEwen (in his anniversary year).

Sunday 10 September
No concert

Sunday 16 September
Andrew Johnston & Michael Jones, pianos

A brilliant 2-piano recital to includeDebussy’s En Blanc et Noir and Michael’s 2 piano arrangement of Busoni’s Sarabande and Cortège.

Sunday 23 September
Gusztáv Fenyő, piano

This famous Hungarian pianist will perform Schubert’s late great masterpiece the Sonata in B flat major D960 preceded by Preludes and Fugues by Bach and Shostakovich.
 
Sunday 30 September
Jamie MacDougall, tenor
Alastair Chisholm, piano

The series ends with a song recital by Scotland’s great tenor Jamie MacDougall. An occasion not to be missed.


CLASSICAL GUITAR RETREAT
Wednesday 4 – Monday 9 July

The tenth annual Classical Guitar retreat is a unique course with some of the very best performers and educators in a five-day programme, working to guide, educate and inspire students of the classical guitar.

A series of classes, lessons, chamber workshops, guitar orchestra, concerts and lectures are packed into this immersive experience.

The CGR concerts listed below are open to the public.
Visit www.cgretreat.com for full details.

Wednesday 4 July, 8pm
Young Artist Concert
Tickets £10

Thursday 5 July, 8pm
Duo KM – Duo Recital
Tickets £15

Friday 6 July, 8pm
Rene Izquierdo Recital
Tickets £15

Saturday 7th July, 3pm
David Russell – Solo Recital
Tickets £15

Sunday 8th July, 3pm
Matthew McAllister & Friends
featuring Aisling Agnew, Allan Neave, Uros Baric & Sasha Savaloni
Tickets £15


Candlelit Recital
Friday 31 August 7.30pm
Iain Clarke & Georgios Kypridemos, Pianos

A joint concert by two of the leading piano students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The programme will include music by Czech composers Martinůand Janáček and by their leading Scottish contemporary Erik Chisholm. A lively and interesting concert by two of the musical stars of the future.

The concert will begin at 7.30pm and finish in ample time to catch the 10.10pm bus to the late ferry at 10.30pm for Largs. Refreshments for all will be available after the event.


Sunday 2- Tuesday 4 September
1868 – Three Scottish Master Musicians
A musical course presented by Alastair Chisholm

It is well known that Bach, Handel and Scarlatti were all born in the same year – 1685. But it is much less known that 1868 was likewise a bumper year for Scottish music, for in that year Hamish MacCunn, composer and conductor, Frederic Lamond, pianist and composer, and John B. McEwen, composer and academic, all first saw the light of day. This course, given by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, will tell the stories of these three Scottish master musicians and introduce their music, with the help of Feargus Hetherington, violin, Jonathan Cohen, piano and others.
Beginning with the 3.00pm concert by the Kentigern String Quartet on Sunday 2nd September, the course will include illustrated talks and concerts of relevant music, and finish after breakfast on Tuesday 4th September. It is available as a residential (full-board) or non-residential basis.

Non-residential – £30.00
Residential – from £155.00 (based on two people sharing a standard room)
Please communicate with the Warden for full details: 01475 530353 or office@cathedraloftheisles.org