Cantilena Festival on Islay is a unique and established music festival which has been taking place on the beautiful Scottish Isle of Islay for over 10 years and which evolved from the original Cantilena group, formed in 1970, whose members have gone on to achieve much distinction in the musical world.  

Each year, a group of world-class musicians travel to Islay to perform an ever evolving repertoire from the world of classical music. Cantilena Festival on Islay aims to develop new and specific sounds and styles of playing, both corporate and individual, in an atmosphere and environment away from the pressures of a professional musician’s life. The professionals involved in Cantilena Festival on Islay are driven by a powerful desire to share their ideas and passionate love of music-making with the emerging generation. Each year the professionals are joined by one or more young musicians who benefit greatly from the opportunity of working alongside more experienced players.

Cantilena aims to achieve excellence through a co-operation between Cantilena professionals, young musicians and the people of Islay.

Cantilena aims to:

Bring together a group of fine musicians to rehearse and perform works by the great composers in relaxed and informal surroundings.

Champion the cause of youth both within the Cantilena group and with the participation of the people of Islay.

Break down the barriers between different musical cultures and make the Festival available to all.

Promote the fusion required for all music making: the essential triangle between the composer, the performer and the listener.

TICKET INFORMATION

Concert ticket £12/£10
Season tickets £60/£50

Concessionary tickets are for senior citizens, unemployed and students up to age 18. Children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be available at the Celtic House in Bowmore, Islay from the beginning of June. They can also be purchased at the door on the evenings of performances. Wednesday lunchtime concert at Sanaigmore tickets all £5, only available at door.

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PROGRAMME
SUNDAY 1ST JULY
COLUMBA CENTRE 8PM

Beethoven – Sonata in E minor Op.90
Schumann – Arabesque in C Op.18
Brahms – Two Rhapsodies Op.79
Schumann-Liszt – Two Songs
Chopin – Polonaise in C minor Op.42
Chopin – Scherzo in C# minor Op.39

Piano Recital by Havilland Willshire

MONDAY 2ND JULY
LAPHROAIG 8PM

Bach – Concerto in D minor for Two Violins
Bach – Suite in B minor for Flute and Strings
Bach – Violin Concerto in E
Bach – Concerto in D minor for Keyboard and Strings

TUESDAY 3RD JULY
LAGAVULIN 8PM

Telemann – Pyrmonter Kurwoche (1)
Weber – Flute Trio in G minor
Villa Lobos – Jet Whistle
Bach – Flute Sonata in G minor
Mozart – String Quartet in C (K465)

WEDNESDAY 4TH JULY
OUTBACK GALLERY, SANAIGMORE  1.30PM

A little light music

COLUMBA CENTRE 9PM

Mozart – Piano Concerto in A
Mozart – Flute Quartet in G
Philip Glass- Music for Solo Piano with video projection

THURSDAY 5TH JULY
ARDBEG 8PM

Scotland’s ‘Court’ Music – Ancient and Modern
Featuring BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2012 Rona Wilkie

FRIDAY 6TH JULY
BRUICHLADDICH 8PM

Boccherini – Flute Quintet in D minor
Haydn – String Quartet Op.33/2 in E flat
Vivaldi – Flute Concerto (Il Gardellino)
Festival Finale including performances by Rona Wilkie and Marion Ramsay.

 

Inner Hebrides
Sunday, 06 July 2014
Friday, 11 July 2014
Friday, 06 December 2013