Islay's Cantilena Summer Festival

A treasure trove of music is being offered by the Cantilena Festival this summer starting with a beautifully balanced piano recital on 28th June and culminating with their traditional 'last night' on Friday, 4th July in the Columba Centre, Bowmore. Tickets are still reasonably priced at £10 and £8, with season tickets at £60 and £50. In fact, these prices are virtually 'bargain basement' when considering the quality and variety of musical experience on offer during the seven concerts.

Saturday 28th June - The Piano recital, given by Havilland Willshire takes place in the Columba Centre at 8pm (all the concerts start at this time, with the exception of Thursday, 3rd July, which is at 3pm in the Round Church, Bowmore). Mr Willshire's programme consists of three Intermezzos by Brahms, Schumann's 'Carnival Jest from Vienna' and the ever popular Sonata in B minor, Opus 58 by Chopin. Sunday 29th June finds the strings - all nine of them plus keyboard - presenting an evening of light classical/operatic music in the Round Church. Monday, in the Old Kiln Cafe, Ardbeg, is show off night: Vivaldi, through Bach to Elgar Tuesday, still in the south of the island, is at Lagavulin distillery with the purest form of chamber music; Mozart and the sublime String Quintet by Schubert. Wednesday, 2nd July and the full ensemble is back in the Columba Centre where the lovely 'Cantilena Steinway' is put to more good use (incidentally, the piano is available to the people of Islay for the presentation of lessons, recitals etc.) The second half of the concert is devoted to the 'Fiddle Concept', the title of a CD produced by Angus Ramsay and Angus Anderson with gorgeous arrangements of traditional Scots fiddle musi, reels and strathspeys etc. The penultimate concert in the Round Church is described as a musical miscellany and the Festival ends on Friday with the well established Cantilena tradition, featuring the magnificent Octet composed by Mendelssohn at the age of 15, plus Viennese music to send us all away with our feet tapping.

Tickets are available from the Celtic House, Shore Street, Bowmore. More information about the festival is available online at

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