This year’s Mendelssohn on Mull Festival takes place in the first week of September.
There will be a dozen concerts all round the island of Mull, with a concert in Iona Abbey and the final concert in St John’s Cathedral, Oban.
- The first concert will take place in Tobermory Parish Church at 7.30 pm on Monday September 2, in which the Doric String Quartet will play music by Mendelssohn, Martinů, and Beethoven. This concert is offered in memory of the Rev. John Paton, the Minister of the parishes of North Mull, who died in May.
- On Tuesday September 3, following last year’s successful event, the Doric Quartet with Alex McFarlane (viola) will give a concert at Duart Castle, with music by Britten, Haydn, and Brahms. As seating is limited, these tickets will be for advance purchase only, price £25, which includes entrance to the castle and a glass of champagne.
- From Wednesday September 4 until the Oban concert on the evening of Saturday September 7 there will be ten concerts where the Doric Quartet perform with ten young professionals in a variety of ensembles. This year’s repertoire includes quintets by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Schubert, a quartet by Britten in apposition to Fantasias by Purcell, some unfamiliar music by Taneyev and Kodály, and a new work by Scottish composer Sally Beamish. In addition to Iona and Oban, they perform in the Aros Hall, Tobermory, community halls in Dervaig, Craignure, and Bunessan, and Salen Church. All these concerts are admission free, with invited donations.
It is also 25 years since the violinist Leonard Friedman died. Leonard founded the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, and he is also noted as the creator of the Scottish Ensemble and a guiding force behind the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. We will be marking this anniversary with a presentation about his life and work, including contributions from his family and friends.