Mendelssohn on Mull Festival Enters a New Era

Mendelssohn on Mull Festival 2014

Mendelssohn on Mull Festival 7th-12th July 2014

Mendelssohn on Mull is one of the most exceptional music experiences in the world. Inspired by Felix Mendelssohn’s life changing journey to Mull, where he wrote The Hebrides Overture, Fingal’s Cave, the Mendelssohn on Mull Trust invites young professional musicians for an extraordinary week of discovery and performance.

Under the Artist Directorship of Levon Chilingirian, the festival offers young musicians the unique opportunity to be mentored by highly experienced players of chamber music, then perform in the same ensemble to audiences in such diverse venues as the tiny Creich Church, to the imposing grandeur of Duart Castle’s Great Hall.

This year Mendelssohn on Mull enters a new era following their 25th anniversary in 2013. In addition to applying to become a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation), the Trust has been running a series of children’s workshops at the request of the islanders and Levon has invited established prize winning ensembles Zelkova Quartet and Pether String Trio who join individual young musicians from as far afield as Poland and Australia.

Levon Chilingirian said: “This is the first time in 26 years that the festival has invited groups and I am very excited by Zelkova and Pether. They will have prepared Janacek’s 2nd Quartet and Bach’s Goldberg variations so both the audiences and young musicians will have something to look forward to.”

The Mendelssohn on Mull Trust provides free access to opportunities where the very best chamber musicians of their generation can develop their performance skills and the public can enjoy free concerts by internationally acclaimed artists.

Marilyn Jeffcoat, Chairman Mendelssohn on Mull Trust, said: “Talented, dedicated and competing at an international level, our young musicians need and deserve financial support as much as any Olympic or Commonwealth athlete. Unfortunately they find themselves with enormous student debts, the need to finance their own postgraduate studies and the very uncertain prospect of making a living.”

The Mendelssohn on Mull Festival has enriched the world of music for the last 26 years and without the dedication of the Trust and much needed donations, the festival would not be able to keep the legacy of renowned violinist Leonard Friedman alive.

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Notes and Schedule

How it Works – the idea is simple; to bring a new generation of musicians into contact with seasoned professional mentors in relaxed and stunning surroundings, away from the treadmill and stresses of the professional music circuit. The young professionals are divided into three groups which workshop repertoire with experienced mentors. They then perform a series of free concerts in venues across Mull, Iona and in Oban in stunning venues such as Glengorm Castle, Duart Castle, Salen Church and Iona Abbey.

Please note that because some of the venues are very popular, start times have been staggered to allow travel to another venue if capacity is reached. Concert goers at Glengorm and Duart Castles should arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the performances. All Concerts are free of charge but an entrance fee is charged for access to Iona Abbey.

The children’s workshops are a new project very much driven by the island parents. The February workshop attracted 56 children aged 5-10; 38% of the children of that age group on the island. The children receive specialised intensive tuition once a month, watched by parents and local teachers who are shown how to continue the teaching between the monthly classes.

Using YouTube to give remote advice on technique, the Trust is looking onto this form of delivery to help give parents and local teachers support to correct mistakes before they become engrained.
This year’s mentors are: Levon Chilingirian (violin), Jessica Beeston (viola), Gaby Lester (violin), Steve Orton (cello), Marcia Crayford (violin) and Susie Mazaros (viola)

Concert Programmes

Group 1 Mentors: Levon Chilingirian (violin) and Jessica Beeston (viola)
Mozart Quartet in G Major K387
Shostakovich Quartet No 10
Mendelssohn Quintet Op 18

Group 2 Mentors: Gaby Lester (violin) and Steve Orton (cello) plus Zelkova Quartet
Boccherini Quartet (with 2 celli)
Janacek No 2 (Zelkova)
Dvorak Sextet

Group 3 Mentors: Marcia Crayford (violin) and Susie Mazaros (viola) plus Pether trio
Bach Goldberg Variations (Pether trio)
Mendelssohn Op80
Mozart G Minor Quintet

Venues and Concert Diary 2014

  • Monday 7th July
    19.30 Tobermory Parish Church – one complete work from each of the Groups

  • Tuesday 8th July
    14.00 Dervaig Community Hall – Group 2
    19.30 Salen Church (restricted numbers overflow to Craignure) – Group 3
    20.00 Craignure Community Hall – Group 1

  • Wednesday 9th July
    19.30 Glengorm Castle (restricted numbers – overflow to Mull Theatre) – Group 1
    20.00 Salen Church – Group 2
    20.15 Mull Theatre – Group 3

  • Thursday 10th July
    12.00 Iona Abbey – Cavatina from Beethoven’s Late Quartet Op 130
    19.30 Creich Church – Group 1
    19.30 Bunessan Baptist Church – Group 2
    20.00 Duart Castle – Group 3

  • Friday 11th July
    15.00 Aros Hall Tobermory – Children’s concert
    19.30 Salen Church – Classical Ceilidh – Solos and Ensemble pieces

  • Saturday 12th July
    19.30 St John’s Episcopal Cathedral Oban – one piece from each Group plus Ensemble

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