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Welcome to the Loch Shiel Spring Festival
2–4 May 2014

Are you looking for inspiration?

You’ll find it in abundance on the shores of Loch Shiel in the first weekend of May, when leading artists from all over Britain will team up to perform classical music befitting the scenic splendour of the West Highlands.

The 2014 festival programme centres on the centenary of the First World War, but will also be celebrating the fantastic renovation work that has been going on in Glenfinnan Church over the winter:  two very special performances of Mahler's breath-taking cycle of songs of life and parting - Das Lied von der Erde - with soloists Katie Bray and Sam Furness. 
 
Mahler poured a lifetime's knowledge of lieder and orchestral music into this work. The original score calls for an orchestra of nearly a hundred. Drawing on his own vast experience of chamber and orchestral music, the festival's Artistic Director, Charles Mutter, has arranged it for two singers and an ensemble of eight virtuoso players, trading volume for clarity and intimacy. 
 
Audacious? Definitely. Revelatory? Quite probably.

Last year had been designated “Year of Natural Scotland” and we responded with a festival programme that not only reflected the extraordinary beauty of the Loch Shiel region but made practical use of it - the hills were indeed alive with a dizzying variety of sounds and music!
 
This year is Scotland's "Year of Homecoming", and the festival will be looking at this from a wartime perspective. We are delighted to welcome some wonderful artists to Loch Shiel for the first time, alongside the return of familiar faces, including mezzo-soprano Katie Bray, and tenor Sam Furness. 

The Festival’s Artistic Director is London-based violinist Charles Mutter, Associate Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra.
  
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