This Friday, 7 July, the Oban Music Society presents “Mendelssohn On Mull” at St John’s Cathedral as part of a festival celebrating the visit of the composer to Mull and Staffa in 1829.
After travelling from Berlin in search of the fable and folklore of Scotland, Mendelssohn was inspired by its sea and landscapes, especially by Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa, and the result was the Scottish Symphony and the Overture, Fingal’s Cave.
Since 1988, the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival has been drawing musicians from around the world to celebrate, where they enjoy an immersive week in string chamber music, surrounded by the beauty that inspired the man himself.
This year’s festival will culminate in an ensemble performance at St John’s in Oban on Saturday, 7 July at 7:30pm, featuring the world-renowned Doric String Quartet and a group of gifted young musicians who will perform Mozart String Quintet No 6 in Eb major, K.614, Shostakovich String Quartet No 4 in D major, opus 83 and Korngold String Sextet in D major, opus 10.
Entry is by donation.