From 12-14 August, Scottish Ensemble embarks on its first ever residency on Mull. Our 12 outstanding musicians will be popping up across the island for a host of events, from coaching to lunchtime chamber music to evening concerts.

Take a look at what’s on offer below. If you’d like any more information on how to get involved, please contact or 0141 352 5683.

Wed 12 August

Mull Music Makers workshop
Aros Hall, Tobermory, 4pm-6pm, free

To register, contact Laura Mandleberg on

Mull Music Makers is a community project set up by the Mendelssohn on Mull Trust and funded by Creative Scotland. Their monthly workshops offer a space for young children to learn or practise string instruments under the guidance of professional musicians, opening up more opportunities to more children across the island. This month, Scottish Ensemble musicians will join leader Marion Lloyd in delivering what we expect to be a lively, rewarding workshop.

Please note that this is part one of a two-part workshop which continues the following day; to get the maximum benefit, participants should be free to attend both.

SE: At Home – Bowman Court
Bowman Court, Craignure, 6pm-7pm

Always keen to take music out of the concert hall, four Scottish Ensemble musicians will literally bring music to people’s doorsteps as they turn up at Bowman Court sheltered housing complex in Craignure, entertaining residents with a selection of duos and quartets.

Tidal Dance workshop
Aros Hall, Tobermory, 7pm-9pm, free

SE provide a tailor-made workshop for Mull contemporary dance company Tidal Dance, assisting with the development of their music-based performance project, Quartet, which takes its inspiration from the style and etiquette of the 18th century Viennese courts.


Thu 13 August

Violin and Cello Duos

An Tobar, 12.30pm, £10 or £22 (includes lunch) | Book Online Now or call 01688 302 211

Arranged for violin and cello:

Bach                      3 Preludes from The Well Tempered Clavier [trans. Frederic Neumann]
Pleyel                    Duo in G, Op. 30 No. 1
Glière                    8 Pieces, Op. 39
Bartók                   Hungarian Folk Melodies [trans. Karl Kraeuter]
Beethoven         Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon in C, WoO27, No.1
Halvorsen            Passacaglia for Violin and Viola

Violin and cello get a close up as SE’s Cheryl Crockett and Alison Lawrance perform a programme including Halvorsen’s Passacaglia for Violin and Viola, a brilliant Handel-inspired gambol across all the strings. For an extra £12, follow the concert with a specially-created three course lunch at the An Tobar café bar, with views of Tobermory bay. See the menu here.

Salen Agricultural Show
From 12 noon

We couldn’t resist getting to attend of the most important events of the Mull calendar – and, at the same time, introducing some new people to what Scottish Ensemble does. If you’re at the Salen show, keep an eye and ear out for our stall where we’ll have CDs for sale as well as some wellington-booted musicians providing alfresco sounds.

Mull Music Makers workshop
Aros Hall, Tobermory, 4pm-6pm, free

The second day of the Mull Music Makers workshop – see above for details.

To register, contact Laura Mandleberg on

SE: At Home – Glengorm Castle
Glengorm Castle, 8pm, free

The SE: At Home series is a chance for people to have professional musicians visit them in their own home, when we feel there would be some benefit of this to the community. On Mull, SE will host an intensive two-hour coaching session with a local quartet, led by Philippe Rigal, before a short performance at 8pm by Scottish Ensemble musicians which is open to the public.

If you’d like to attend, please contact or call/text Robin Hiley on 07759 049 904.

Glengorm Castle (Credit: Georges Francois)

Pop-up Pub Session
Tobermory Hotel (7.30pm-8.30pm) and Macgochans (9pm onwards), free

A handful of Scottish Ensemble musicians will be pulling up a chair next next to local traditional musician Kirsty Blackhall for a bit of a jam session, with each sharing and showcasing the skills specific to their genres and musical heritage. Join us for just one of the sessions, or follow us to both!

Pop-up Performance: Am Birlinn
Am Birlinn, Dervaig, 8pm-9pm, free | Booking essential – call 01688 400 619

If you like the thought of eating delicious food whilst listening to beautiful live music, then book a table at Am Berlinn, a contemporary-yet-cosy restaurant in Dervaig which specialises in fresh local produce and a relaxed atmosphere. SE musicians will enhance your dining experience with some chamber music from 8pm.



Fri 14 Aug

CONCERT: From Russia With Love
Aros Hall, 7.30pm, £12/£10 | Book Online Now or call 01688 302 211

Tchaikovsky       Andante Cantabile, Op. 11
Shostakovich     Chamber Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 110a (arr. Barshai)
Shostakovich    Two Pieces, Op. 11
Tchaikovsky      Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48

The power and passion of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich as captured in four of their most compelling works, with highlights including Barshai’s arrangement of Shostakovich’s brutal, haunting eighth string quartet and the beautiful cello melody of his Andante Cantabile.