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Jenny Laidlaw

Sadly, our incredible Administrator and Company Secretary Jenny passed away during the Festival. She was a most effective and efficient organizer and had the Festival running like clockwork. Her skill at building friendships and relationships with players, funders, venues and audiences alike is reflected in how successful Cantilena on Islay has become. We will all miss her terribly and our condolences go out to her family and friends.

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In view of the unprecedented situation of the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of its term, along with the effect on travel, venues and accommodation, it is with extreme regret that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Festival. This is all the more heartbreaking for us as we were so much looking forward to joining our wonderful friends and supporters in celebrating our twentieth year, but we have a duty of care to not only our players but to everyone who is involved in the Festival.

We appreciate the impact this will have on those who have already arranged ferries and accommodation, we are the same, but these are exceptional circumstances and we hope everyone understands.

Cantilena Festival on Islay

March 2020