SET IN THE outstanding natural beauty of the Inner Hebrides. The Mendelssohn on the Mull Festival promises an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy up to ten days of artistic exploration in the idyllic and inspirational landscape so admired by Mendelssohn himself during his famous visit in 1829.
In the rarest of opportunities the link between music and nature could not be expressed in a setting more appropriate than Mull. As Mendelssohn’s Hebridean overture describes, with architecture in locations as diverse as Iona Abbey and Torosay Castle, the result is artistic alchemy.
Over the years the festival has grown and we have now developed a pre and post festival touring programme which goes to Dunnon and Oban (26th and 27th June) before Mull and in 2003 for the first time to the Strathclyde Suite of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (5th July).
By working together with experienced professionals on a varied programme to a tight time schedule, they are being given a taste of what they will face in their future careers. By providing fellowship with musicians from other traditions, and with artists from other disciplines, their horizons are broadened. By living alongside other equally talented young people in an island setting of such beauty, they gain a better perspective than their intensive and sometimes lonely training has so far provided.
You can choose from an astonishing range of concerts, recitals, and are welcome to sit in on rehearsals at the Aros Hall, Tobermory. Whether your taste is Mendelssohn or Mozart, Warlock or Wolf, the festival brings to the island a chance to hear and learn in a setting of great natural beauty and interest.
The Festival was founded by the celebrated violinist, Leonard Friedman. The main purpose of the festival is to assist in the musical and personal development of young professional musicians who have decided to make performance their career.