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Mendelssohn in Scotland

June/July, 2018 | Tour Director: John Bryden


Follow in the footsteps of Felix Mendelssohn, who made an unforgettable visit to Scotland in the summer of 1829, and join the festival celebrating the composer’s work on the Isle of Mull. On this Hebridean island, based in the colourful town of Tobermory where Mendelssohn once stayed, we will join in with the ‘Mendelssohn on Mull’ festival, an annual event celebrating the composer’s work. In 2018, we look forward to the Doric Quartet beginning their four-year tenure as Artistic Directors of the festival. 

Recitals and festival concerts will be complemented by visits and excursions to sites linked to Mendelssohn. In previous years, these have ranged from the ruined chapel at the Palace of Holyroodhouse where he composed the opening of his Scottish Symphony, to Fingal’s Cave, where Mendelssohn was inspired to write the Hebrides Overture.

This tour will be led by John Bryden, MA, ARCM, ARCO, an international concert pianist and organist, who has given concerts in venues ranging from Princeton to Kathmandu to Wigmore Hall. John resides in Scotland and currently teaches at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and at Edinburgh University.


June / July, 2018
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Full details relased in early 2018. Some itinerary details may be subject to change. Contact the ACE office now to register your interest.



John Bryden MA, ARCM, ARCO

A former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Britain, John is a member of the Dartington Piano Duo and has played across Britain and Europe as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician.

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