2018 Festival


The Mendelssohn on Mull Festival of 2018 was the first to be curated by the Doric String Quartet, and the last to be held in the first week of July. Nine exceptionally gifted young artists joined Alex, Jonny, Helene and John, and the ensemble performed 12 concerts between Monday and Saturday.

All the artists on the ferry to Mull: many had never been to Scotland before, and you can sense their excitement

Browse the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival 2018 brochure

We are particularly grateful to Sam Staples who replaced Luke Hsu at 24 hours’ notice: Luke had broken his finger and was very sad not to be with us, so it is good that he will be with us in September 2019. Sam stood in for Luke including as First Violin in the Shostakovich Quartet – a magnificent achievement.

Also many thanks to Charlotte and Dylan who catered for the ensemble throughout the week.

Here are some memories of the week, taken by Sarah Darling, who is based in Tobermory. Sarah accompanied the artists all week, and we are delighted with the results.

It was a wonderful week, where artists of more and less experience learned from each other, exploring glorious music and sharing it with warmly appreciative audiences. We enjoyed “fringe” performances from the Calgary Quartet, and a showing of a powerful film about Mendelssohn by Sheila Hayman, a direct descendant of the composer’s sister, and the Mull Music Makers Summer School also took place during the week, with their annual concert on the Friday afternoon.

We thank the Doric String Quartet for their outstanding professionalism and their friendship throughout a very demanding week, and we look forward avidly to September and their second Festival.


Mendelssohn on Mull Spring Music: Friday April 26 & Saturday April 27

Five artists from the Young Professionals at the 2018 Festival were nominated by the Doric Quartet to come to Mull in April for a week’s retreat. Tim Crawford, David Shaw, Isidora Timotijevic, Jean-Baptiste Souchon, and Alma Hernan explored quartets by Beethoven and Mendelssohn and a quintet by Mozart. At the end of the week they performed three concerts, in Pennyghael and Bunessan Community Halls and in Iona Abbey.

We hope that this will be the beginning of a new ensemble, inspired by their experience of both last year’s Festival and a week together this spring, while their work is surely nurtured by the astonishing beauty of the island.

Here are some photos taken from performances in Iona and Bunessan.–>

A trip to Staffa
A visit to see new-born lambs
Downtime in the St Columba hotel

We are very grateful to Jenny and Tony Jeffree for hosting the artists at Suidhe Farm Cottages, and to Andrew Holman and all at Kilfinichen Estate for their generosity during the week. And, as ever, we thank Janna and David Greenhalgh, of Round and About magazine, for their practical and moral support.