9 - 14 September 2023

The String Quartet: A Blueprint

Caroline Shaw describes chamber music as a ‘conversation without words’. Almost all of our concerts could be considered ‘chamber music’, but performing as a quartet allows us to fully embrace the innate intimacy that is forged between such a small group of players. 

Beethoven’s sixth quartet flurries between wild, breathtaking joy and introverted, tender restraint, and lays the foundation for Shaw’s Blueprint. Infectious rhythms and melodies from non-classical traditions connect the other pieces performed. Voodoo Dolls draws on west African drumming patterns and chant motifs, while Dvořák’s “American” quartet channels the folk music traditions he encountered during his time across the Atlantic. 

Played with stunning virtuosity, this is set to be a musical conversation full of twists and turns. 

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    String Quartet Op. 18 No. 6
  • Caroline Shaw
  • Jessie Montgomery
    Voodoo Dolls
  • Antonín Dvořák
    String Quartet No. 12 “American"

Performed by

  • Violin 1
    Jonathan Morton
  • Violin 2
    Donald Grant
  • Viola
    Jane Atkins
  • Cello
    Alison Lawrance
  • Sat 9 September 7:30 pm
    Arran  Brodick Hall
  • Mon 11 September 12:45 pm
    Perth  Perth Concert Hall
  • Tue 12 September 8:00 pm
    Isle of Mull  Mull Theatre
  • Wed 13 September 7:30 pm
    Seil  Seil Community Hall
  • Thu 14 September 1:10 pm
    Glasgow  University of Glasgow Concert Hall

    This is a free event (funded by the Ferguson Bequest at University of Glasgow) with no advanced booking. Tickets are available on arrival on a first-come-first-served basis. The concert will be livestreamed for free - sign up to receive a livestream link by clicking "Book Now"


What to expect at our venues

We have access for wheelchairs at the front door disabled toilet and hearing loop for hard of hearing .

Level access from the main entrance to ground floor stalls auditorium and Norie-Miller Studio.
Lift access to the balcony and upstairs toilets.
Large signage.
Enhanced hearing system in the auditorium.
Wheelchair spaces.
Loop system at box office.
Audio brochure version on request.
Assistance dogs allowed.
Some performances are captioned and/or BSL interpreted

There are large accessible toilets at ground level and on the balcony level (accessible by lift).

Disabled parking is reserved at the side of the theatre as you approach. The path to the theatre foyer is ramped and on a gentle slope. Please contact us in advance if you need assistance.
Taxi Service Island Taxis have a wheelchair accessible taxi and can be contacted on
07510 195989 to book. Ulva Community transport are also equipped for wheelchairs and can be booked on 0777 553 1301 or info@ufct.co.uk
Guide dogs, hearing dogs and dogs for the disabled are welcome. Please advise us in advance if you’re bringing your dog.
Wheelchair users can access all facilities in the main auditorium. The toilets are situated behind the seating deck. On entry to the theatre space, go immediately left and follow the arrows to the accessible toilet. The lights in the toilet area switch on automatically.
There is space for wheelchairs at the front of the seating deck.
We have 64 seats in our main auditorium when the seating deck is laid out end on. Our most easily accessed seats from our foyer are those on the front row, all other rows are accessed via steps.

The ground floor is on a single level with no steps. The main entrance has a door with spring closure, so please get in contact if you need assistance for entry.  There is a single disabled toilet and wash-room.

Enter via the main gate, turn left to enter the main building at the Gift Shop Undercroft and ascend the stairs to the quadrangle. Lift access is also available to Level 2 from the Undercroft.  The Concert Hall is located directly above the Visitors’ Centre.

  • Directional and locational signage for the lecture theatre(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the lecture theatre(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the lecture theatre(s).
  • The door(s) for the lecture theatre(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There are no designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is space for an assistance dog.
  • There is step free access to the speaker’s area at the front of the lecture theatre(s).
  • The height of the lectern is 90cm.
  • The lectern is not height adjustable.
  • There is not staggered seating within the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
  • There is some fixed furniture within the lecture theatre(s).
  • There are no chairs with armrests on both sides within the lecture theatre(s).
  • The room does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • Floor coverings in the lecture theatre(s) are not even.
  • There are electrical socket box covers in the floor.
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