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Concert in Drimnin Chapel 7pm 27th June

Ensemble Astera – Residency in Drimnin House

Ensemble Astera is a dynamic young European woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn) founded in 2019.  Its members, representing four nationalities, are graduates of the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne.
Winner of the 2023 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition for wind quintets, the jury noted its refined sound, precision, energy and deep respect for the composer.
Fresh from performing at the Lavaux Festival on the shores of Lake Geneva, the quintet has performed widely across Europe and for radio and is Artist in Residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac in Paris, while its members have performed with leading European orchestras.
The varied programme is an opportunity to hear music that will feature in the quintet’s first album to be recorded next month, including varied works by Samuel Barber (Summer Music), Claude Debussy (Petit Suite), Fazil Say (Alevi Dedeler raki masasinda) and Carl Nielsen (Wind Quintet Op 43).


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.

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.