The 2017 Cantilena Festival on Islay will be from 9 - 14 July.

Highlights of the 2017 Festival Programme include Schubert’s popular Trout Quintet, Bach’s Double Violin Concerto featuring our guest artist Tobias Ringborg and our talented artistic director Angus Ramsay. On Wednesday there are two soloists sharing the programme: Tobias Ringborg (violin) and Havilland Willshire (piano). Monday features the student players and this is always a very special evening. Thursday sees a Viennese theme with music by Strauss and Kreisler.

Cantilena Programme 2017

Sunday 9 July   Columba Centre    7.30pm
Mozart  Piano Trio in G major K564  
Beethoven  String Trio Op9 No2 in D  
Schubert  Trout Quintet  
Monday 10 July   Laphroaig 7.30pm
Student Showcase    
Mozart Quartet  
Tuesday 11 July Lagavulin   7.30pm
Mozart  String Quartet in C  
Mendelssohn String Symphony No 10 in B minor  
Bach  Violin Concerto in E  
Rossini String Sonata No 1 in G  
Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor  
Bach  E major partita Preludio, Loure & Gavotte  
Wednesday 12 July Columba Centre  7.30pm
Piano recital by Havilland Willshire plus music by guest artist Tobias Ringborg, violin, and Scott Michell, piano. Music to include  
Granados The Lover and the Nightingale  
Chopin Two Mazurkas  
Tchaikovsky Dumka  
Beethoven Piano Sonata Les Adieux  
Frank Violin Sonata  
Thursday 13 July  Ardbeg    7.30pm
Viennese Evening including Strauss waltzes and polkas with piano and strings and also featuring our Guest Artist playing works by Kreisler.
Friday 14 July Bruichladdich Village Hall  7.30pm
Mendelssohn  Octet  
Classical Ceilidh    

Guest Artist

We are greatly honoured to be joined this year by the distinguished Swedish violinist and conductor Tobias Ringborg.  His previous visits to Scotland have been as conductor for acclaimed Scottish Opera productions of Cosi fan Tutte, Rigoletto and Il Trovatore.  Tobias will be playing both as a soloist and with the ensemble in works including Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.

Young Musicians

One of our core objectives is to give the experience of intensive rehearsing and playing to a select group of aspiring young musicians, and this year we are bringing six students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to give solo and ensemble performances.

Venues (including Portnahaven)

This year we will revert to the venue pattern of previous years, also with a pre-Festival recital of lighter music on the evening of Thursday 6 July in the Rhinns Hall, Portnahaven at 8.00pm. Tickets (£7) available at the door. The final concert will be in the Bruichladdich Village Hall. Last year was our first time using the hall, and we were very pleased with the acoustics and the atmosphere. We sincerely hope to see you all there again this year. All the main Festival concerts commence at 7.30pm.

2017 Festival

The 2017 Cantilena Festival on Islay will be from Sunday 9th July to Friday 14th July 2017.

2017 Festival Tickets

Portnahaven Recital

An evening of light classical music in the Rhinns Hall Portnahaven.

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