The fantastic week of classical concerts is back thanks to the Aboyne Cello Festival


Taking place in Aberdeen, Aboyne, Banchory and Tarland, the concerts will be a stunning mix of top quality music presented with friendly and informative introductions and featuring a variety of interesting music including popular favorites and more rarely heard works.

Sunday July 24; Phoenix Centre, Bieldside, Aberdeen

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To kick off the week of concerts in style, Rebecca Gilliver (Principal Cello of the London Symphony Orchestra) will present a varied and inspiring musical program featuring a range of wonderful female composers, ever present in music history, but so rarely celebrated. .

Taking place across Deeside, the concerts will be a stunning mix of top quality music.

The concert will be balanced by the magnificent Sonata for piano and cello by César Franck, with the international pianist, Sophia Rahman.

Rebecca caused a hit when she performed at the Phoenix Center in 2019 and can’t wait to return.

Monday July 25; Aboyne and Deedside Community Theatre, Aboyne

The youngest recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious ‘Julius Isserlis’ scholarship at 17, Finn Mannion, now 20 and studying in Switzerland, is the Aboyne Cello Festival Young Artist 2022.

Finn’s infectious enthusiasm for chamber music has led him to have previously performed chamber music with many leading musicians from Britain and abroad.

In Aboyne, he will be joined by well-known pianist, Sophia Rahman, in a program including music by Bach, Cassadó, Schumann and Debussy.

An exciting opportunity to hear this fantastic young cellist live, Finn’s talent and exceptional musicianship was evident from an early age.

At the age of 10 he secured a government-funded place at the National Music School of Scotland in Edinburgh, where he remained for 7 years and was Principal Cellist with the Three Youth Orchestras of Scotland .

Wednesday 27 July, The Barn Arts Centre, Banchory

The re-establishment of the annual Three Cellists Recital at The Barn benefits from the fact that these top cellists are staying in Tarland to be tutors for the Cello Festival Summer School.

The Summer School attracts students from all major UK music conservatories as well as overseas.

This inspiring concert always overflows with joie de vivre! Rebecca Gilliver, principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra; Alice Neary, international soloist and James Halsey, director of the Aboyne Cello Festival and cellist of the Bingham String Quartet will discuss and perform works by Bach, Beethoven, De Falla, Vivaldi and Fauré.

Saturday afternoon, July 30; St. Thomas Church, Aboyne

Saturday afternoon treat! David Adams, violin, is concertmaster of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and violinist of the London Bridge Trio and joins Alice Neary, cellist, for a program of music for violin and cello.

These two formidable musicians, established in their own right at the top of the classical music world, join forces for a magnificent concert which includes works by Bach and Ravel and “Pier Music” specially written for the duo last year by Robert Fokkens .

David and Alice have worked together for many years and are co-artistic directors of the Penarth Chamber Music Festival.

Sunday July 31; MacRobert Hall, Tarland

To end the week, all of the Summer School cellists join forces and perform the ever-popular Giant Cello Ensemble concert as a thank you to Tarland Hall for hosting classes throughout the festival.

The sound of an orchestra of 26 cellists is incomparable! Always a popular concert, the orchestra performs Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture this year; a premiere of Aberdonian Dave Southwood’s Waltz No.1; Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major with Rebecca Gilliver (London Symphony Orchestra principal cello) as soloist; Jupiter from Holst’s suite of planets.

The Aboyne Cello Festival is a fantastic opportunity to have individual lessons, play in cello ensembles, play in a giant cello orchestra and listen to professional recitals.

It is known for being a fun and supportive cello summer school based in a beautiful setting with an ethic of friendship and positive thinking and the best international cellist teachers.

There’s a concert given by course participants, two resident pianists available all week, and also exciting sessions with an “educational kinesiologist” about nerves and how to get the most out of your brain!

The week is open to cellists of ALL ages and abilities, and your participation will be tailored to your individual needs and standards.


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