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Concert in Drimnin Chapel 7pm 27th June

Ensemble Astera – a wind quintet

There will be a wind quintet arriving for a residency on 23rd June and they will give a concert on Thursday 27th June at 7pm.

The Ensemble Astera won the wind section of the Carl Neilsen Chamber Music competition in 2023 (at the same time as the Kleio String Quartet won the string section).

They are all graduates of Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne and originate from four different European countries.  The members are Coline Richard (flute), Yann Thenet (oboe), Moritz Roelcke (clarinet), Gabriel Portier (horn) and Jeremy Bager (bassoon).

Their repertoire is rich and varied, full of musical gems by great composers as well as lesser known ones, and the musicians will help you discover or rediscover pieces from all genres.

The concerts and refreshments in the interval are free but donations, which can be made at the chapel, are welcomed to support the work of the charity.

To ensure we have space in the chapel, please email or call 07767 443504 (please do leave a message and a return telephone number if I do not reply) to let us know if you plan to come and the numbers in your party. Lunch/AfternoonTea is available at Achnacriche B&B by prior reservation on 07715 677277

Advanced Notice on Saturday 27th July at 3.00 pm Katherine Wren and Lisa Robertson will be giving a concert in their ‘On a Wing and a Prayer’ series.  Katherine and Lisa spent a week together in Morvern in May researching ecological issues in the area and creating new music based on their experiences.  Lisa is a native of Lochaline so we are particularly pleased that the project includes a concert in Morvern.

Live Concert in Drimnin Chapel

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2024

Two concerts both at 2.30pm.  The Kleio String Quartet is returning to Drimnin after its triumph at the Carl Nielsen International Competition in Copenhagen, where it won first prize immediately following its Drimnin residency last year. The Kleio will be joined this year by Cuarteto Iberia an exciting young award-winning string quartet from Madrid with a diverse repertoire.  John Myerscough of the Doric Quartet and Mendelssohn on Mull will be coaching again.

Please visit St Columbas Chapel Trust website for more details about other concerts throughout the year


Lunch is available at Achnacriche B&B by prior reservation on 07715 677277 (before 3.00pm on Friday please).

Concert details:

We begin the weekend of concerts at Drimnin with three quartets by the undisputed classical masters of the genre, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The Cuarteto Iberia from Spain will open Saturday’s concert with Mozart's K.387 G major quartet, full of the joys of spring. The London-based Kleio Quartet will then perform Haydn's 'Rider' quartet Op. 74 No. 3, a rustic and dance-filled work. The Iberia's will end the concert with Beethoven's majestic and epic first 'Razumovsky' quartet Op. 59 No. 1.

On Sunday we will hear two classics from the repertoire - Haydn's Quartet in C Op. 74 No. 1, full of wit and invention, and Dvorak's glorious final quartet Opus 106 in G Major. In between these the Kleio Quartet will perform two movements for quartet by the American jazz trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis.