In less than a month the annual Cantilena Festival on Islay will be held, from 6 - 11 July. Professional players of this Chamber group include Angus Ramsay who leads the second violins in Scottish Opera Orchestra, Scott Mitchell who is on the staff of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and teaches piano and accompaniment, Stephen Shakeshaft a freelance viola player, Sarah Harrington a cellist in Scottish Opera and Paul Marrion a bass player recently retired from BBC Orchestra in London. During the week those players will be joined by 10 senior or post graduate students from RCS.
Angus and Scott are the Artistic Directors of Cantilena Festival on Islay and were responsible with the late Adrian Shepherd for founding the group in 2001. Cantilena has appeared on Islay every summer since that time. The original Cantilena was set up by Adrian in the early 70s as a chamber orchestra and members at that time mostly played with the SNO. Paul Marrion and Stephen Shakeshaft played with the group then for many years. Continue reading....
The Concerts for the 2014 Cantilena on Islay Festival: These take place in various venues across the island. The Columba Centre in Bowmore, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, and Bruichladdich Distilleries. All concerts start at 8 pm. Residents of Islay and visitors to the island are invited to come along a sample the music and the malts.
The first concert on Sunday 6 July takes the form of a piano recital given by Havilland Willshire, now well known to the people of Islay. The Monday concert at Laphroaig will showcase our student members. The Friday concert at Bruichladdich will celebrate the life of the founder and Artistic Director of Cantilena, Adrian Shepherd. Concerts throughout the week will include Bach, Vivald, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Chopin - something for everyone. Download the full programme ias PDF here.
Tickets available from Celtic House in Bowmore or at the door. Further information from www.cantilenafestival.co.uk