The 2013 Mendelssohn on Mull Festival – from 1st to 6th July – brings together new and experienced musicians, away from the stress of the professional music circuit, encouraging musical collaboration and development.
The young professionals are divided into three groups, working on the repertoire with experienced mentors – this year they have Levon Chilingirian, Gaby Lester, Susie Mészáros, Marcia Crayford, and Stephen Orton.
A series of free concerts in venues across Mull, Iona [there is an entry charge to Iona Abbey] and in Oban – is then given by the young professional musicians in knockout venues like Duart Castle, Glengorm Castle, Salen Church and Iona Abbey.
The acoustics at Duart Castle [pictured above and whose Eagle Stair is seen left] whose are fabulous for music and should provide a thrilling experience for the young musicians and their audiences alike.
Settings like this, at once redolent of time and out of time, are transformative for audience and performers who share a the unique and unrepeatable experience that is the central characteristic of a live event in any genre.
With some of the venues – like Duart Castle – very popular, the festival organisers have staggered concert starting times to allow travel to a second venue where capacity is reached at the first one. Concert goers at Duart Castle and Galgorm Castle are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the performances.
The Mendelssohn on Mull phenomenon
The Mendelssohn on Mull Trust was founded by the renowned violinist, Leonard Friedman in 1988. It takes its name from Mendelssohn’s visit to the Western Isles in the 1820s, inspiring him to write his Hebrides Overture, the heart of whose inspiration was Fingal’s Cave on Staffa.
The Festival begins on 1st July at Tobermory Parish Church. The Musicians come to Duart Castle on 4th July for an 8pm concert. The acoustics in the castle really do deliver an aural sensation.
- More information about the Festival is available here on the Mendelssohn on Mull website.
- More information on Duart Castle and events held there is available here on the Duart Castle website.
The photograph of Duart Castle at the top is by Philippe Giabbanelli and is reproduced here under the terms of the Creative Commons licence.