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APRIL 19th-22nd 2018

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Thursday 19 April 2018 | 6pm | Glenfinnan Viaduct

Opening Concert: An Inverted Fanfare

We begin our festival theme of new paths in creative spaces with a ground-breaking collaboration between three superb tubists: Danielle Price, Mark Reynolds and festival young artist Anthony Hook. Featuring a brand new site-specific commission by composer Bill Wells.


Concert goers are asked to meet at the  car park adjacent to the A830 (Gridref. NM906808) at 6pm, where they will be guided on foot to the performance location.


Danielle Price tuba

Mark Reynolds tuba

Anthony Hook tuba                                                                                     Tickets £12 Book >



Friday 20th April 2018 | 6pm | Shielbridge Hall, Acharacle

New Paths: Brahms & Haydn with the Maxwell Quartet


The Maxwell Quartet return to the Loch Shiel Festival with a new accolade: as first prizewinners at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2017. They are joined by two fantastic colleagues, violist Tom Hankey and cellist Robert Irvine, for a very special performance of Brahms' first string sextet in B Flat, a work as rich in meoldic beauty as any that Brahms composed. Alongside this, the Maxwell Quartet perform one of Haydn's great Op. 71 quartets, the set of which features in their debut recording on Linn Records.

This concert is followed by a buffet meal by Jill Gosney of Ardshealach Lodge (7.30pm)


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Sunday 23rd April 2017 | 8.30pm | Prince's House Hotel

Festival Dinner and Afterparty



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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Join us for a walk through the ancient Oakwoods of Sunart: a historic area with some of the very oldest trees in Europe. Local botanist Dr Ian Strachan will take us on a fascinating journey through time looking at the wealth of nature in these forests, leading us to the Sgoile na Coille (Wood School) where we will hear one of Scotland's top ensembles, New Antonine Brass, who this year were selected as Live Music Now Artists, in a magical outdoor performance.




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Friday 20th April 2018 | 12pm | Salen Forest

Oak & Brass: A Guided Walk with New Antonine Brass

Saturday 21st April 2018 | 11am | Glenuig Hall

Time To Sing!



Saturday 21st April 2018 | 6pm | Glenuig Hall

New Paths 2: Brahms & Schumann


Saturday 21st April 2018 | 8.30pm | Glenuig Hall

Bare Knuckle: Chris Stout & Catriona McKay



Sunday 22nd April 2018 | 12pm | The Boathouse, Roshven House

New Paths 3: Yoko Misumi and Colin Scobie


Sunday 22nd April 2018 | 6pm | Glenfinnan Church

Closing Concert: To The Sea


This workshop led by youth choir leader Rachel Spencer promises to be fun for ages 4-10! Using our voice musically is one of the best ways we can feel good about ourselves, regardless of musical ability or experience. Everyone is encouraged to attend and learn more about using your voice to make you feel good!                                                  


Rachel Spencer vocal leader

Festival Artists


Free to all!

We look at the music of Brahms once again, this time in the light of his great mentor Robert Schumann, who in 1853 wrote an article entitled "Neue Bahnen " (New Paths) to herald Johannes Brahms' as the future of music. It is this unique relationship that inspired much of the greatest chamber music ever composed, and we'll hear some of the very best pieces tonight: Brahms' piano quintet in F minor, often called 'the crown of Brahms' chamber music', and Schumann's gorgeous piano quartet in E Flat, composed in Schumann's 'chamber music year' of 1842.



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Chris Stout and Catriona McKay are truly one of the most innovative and exciting folk music duos in the world. We are delighted to welcome them to the shores of Glenuig for this unforgettable performance with special guests, the Maxwell Quartet. We'll be treated to music from their album Bare Knuckle, released in November 2017, and described by Rob Adams of the Herald as "exposing flesh and feelings in a series of conversations that can go right out to the edge of musical expression". Not to be missed!


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Internationally renowned pianist Yoko Misumi joins the Maxwell Quartet's Colin Scobie for a recital which continues the exploration of Brahms, with his beautiful Sonata in G major, alongside two great violin sonatas by Mozart and Ravel.






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And to close our 2018 festival in style, a programme which brings together all of our amazing festival artists for a unique performance of 20th and 21st century music with a Scandinavian connection which explores the theme of the Sea - one of the most creative spaces as an inspiration point for many composers throughout history. Featuring music by Estonian composer Erkki Sven Tuur, Dutch composer Joey Roukens, Swedish composer Dag Wiren, and Scotland-based Sally Beamish, whose concerto for fiddle and harp with string orchestra, "Seavaigers" was written for Chris Stout and Catriona Mackay in 2011, and will close the 2018 festival in style.


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new paths >> creative spaces






This year's festival promises to be an exploration of new musical paths in the wealth of inspiring spaces surrounding Loch Shiel. From magical sounds in the depths of Sunart oakwoods, to glorious chamber music on the shores of Glenuig Bay, experimental performances beneath the railway viaduct and boundary-crossing collaborations in Glenfinnan's historic church, the Loch Shiel Festival presents a programme of huge scope and range, with the chance for audiences and artists to experience this spectacular part of Scotland in a fun, friendly and original way. Read on for details of our programme!