Fresh from their innovative site-specific project on the Isle of Skye called Concert in A Coire, musicians George Smith and Duncan Strachan present an atmospheric programme of their own fusion of traditional and experimental music, in the surroundings of the Glenfinnan Estate Bothy. Concert goers are asked to meet at the car park adjacent to the A830 at 6.30pm, where transport to the venue will be provided.
George Smith violin
Duncan Strachan cello
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Our first event to be held in Fort William, this year’s opening concert promises to be a very special coming together of some of the country’s best musicians. Starring local Gaelic singer Rachel Walker, alongside an array of festival artists, this evening promises to be a spell-binding introduction to this year’s Music Lost/Music Found theme.
Rachel Walker voice
Miriam Iorwerth percussion
Rachel Spencer violin
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Jon Dye, Historian
Join us on a spell-binding journey along the shores of loch Shiel, led by local historian John Dye. We'll trace the so-called "coffin trail", remembering Acharacle and Loch Shiel in times gone by, including the birth of Alistair MacMaghister, the bard of the Gaelic enlightenment, at Dalilea House. Of course, there will be some musical surprises along the way! Walkers are asked to meet at Dalilea House, Dalilea Farm PH38 4ND at 2.30pm.
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A festival favourite, one of Scotland’s finest chefs, Kieron Kelly, prepares a delicious post-concert buffet, in the homely surroundings of the Prince’s House Hotel. Booking early advised. Afterwards, we party the night away with the Festival Afterparty featuring impromptu performances from some of the festival artists.
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The Atéa Quintet is the foremost British Wind Quintet of their generation. Internationally acclaimed, they recently became double prize winners at the 2015 Karl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Denmark. As the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Quintet in Residence at the Purcell School, they mentor some of the finest up and coming musicians in the country. Don't miss this phenomenal ensemble of some of the country's finest wind musicians! Here they will perform a fantastic performance of works from their forthcoming debut CD.
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Don't miss this fantastic coming together of two of the country's top young ensembles, who have become fast friends over their careers thus far! The Ateas are joined here by festival favourites the Maxwell Quartet for an evening of some of the most sumptuous music composed for mixed chamber ensemble, including one of Brahms' great masterpieces, the Clarinet Quintet.
Following this concert there will be a buffet meal, courtesy of Jill Gosney at Ardsealach Lodge.
Atea Wind Quintet
Maxwell String Quartet
MOZART Oboe Quartet
BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet Tickets £12/ Meal & Ticket £30 Book>
Our amazing partnership with Live Music Now Scotland continues this year with a very special performance from one of Scotland's most talented traditional song duos. Ainsley (song) and Alistair (piano/keyboards) have been performing together for almost six years after first meeting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2009. Both members of the critically acclaimed folk band ‘Barluath’ (www.barluath.com), they have also performed extensively as a duo and have delighted many audiences with their varied repertoire and engaging performances. Don't miss this golden opportunity to hear them as their star is on the rise.
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Live Music Now artists bring their fun-filled and toe-tapping workshops for little ones to the shores of Glenuig! Using Glenuig Hall as a base we will be exploring music and having a chance to play along with these brilliant musicians. ALL ages are welcome and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone, from toddlers to grown-ups!
Ainsley Hamill voice, step-dance
Alistair Paterson keyboard/harmonium
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In this much-anticipated concert, we welcome back Scotland's most legendary cellist Robert Irvine to perform one of the greatest pieces in the entire chamber music repertoire: Schubert's beautiful Quintet in C. Seen by many as the composer's swansong, it is sure to be a unique and special performance, in one of our very favourite Loch Shiel locations.
Robert Irvine cello
SCHUBERT Quintet in C
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The festival is delighted to present a concert from one of the musical gems of the Lochaber area - the Lochaber District Gaelic Choir, led by Rachel Walker. Winners of the Mod’s prestigious Margaret Duncan competition for the past two years running now, we are truly thrilled to be joined by Lochaber’s District Gaelic Choir for a programme of lost Gaelic songs from the western isles of Scotland.
Lochaber District Gaelic Choir
Rachel Walker conductor
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Local hero Megan Henderson returns with members of her band Breabach, a real success-story for Scots traditional music. We feel very lucky to have them at LSF this year for a very special late night performance, exploring the festival theme of Music Lost: Music Found.
Megan Henderson voice, fiddle, harmonium
Ewan Robertson, guitar
Ewen Henderson, fiddle
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The result of a fascinating collaboration between the Poet Makar of Stirling Clive Wright, the Smith Stirling Museum, and composers Tom David Wilson and Kostas Rekleitis, we present a brand new song-cycle performed by Scottish soprano Elizabeth McCormack. Festival director Duncan Strachan joins McCormack for these fascinating songs which ruminate on lost and found objects.
Elizabeth McCormack voice
Duncan Strachan cello
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The closing concert of the festival is a spectacular programme devised carefully around the Lost/Found theme. Featuring many of the festival artists, we are taken on a journey through musical history in the beautiful setting of Glenfinnan Church with a diverse programme of vocal and instrumental music. Join us for this inspirational and beautiful close to the 2017 festival.
To include music by Arvo Part, William Sweeney, J.S Bach, William Byrd, James MacMillan, Benjamin Britten and more. Featuring St Finnan's Voices, Maxwell Quartet, Atea Quintet, Robert Irvine
This concert is held in memory of the late George Dodgshon, one of the founding fathers of the Loch Shiel Spring Festival. Tickets £12 | Book>