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About the Festival

The Mendelssohn on Mull Festival - possibly one of the unique music experiences in the world, and certainly one of the most friendly. The idea is simple - to bring a new generation of musicians into contact with seasoned professional mentors in relaxed and stunning surroundings, away from the treadmill and stresses of the professional music circuit.  They workshop beautiful music and then perform a series of free concerts in venues across Mull, Iona and in Oban.

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The Mendelssohn on Mull Trust was founded by the renowned violinist Leonard Friedman in 1988, and takes its name from Mendelssohn’s visit to the Western Isles in the 1820s, inspiring him to write his Hebrides Overture. Leonard Friedman had been working with some of Scotland’s most talented and technically accomplished young musicians and in 1988 he took a small group to the Isle of Mull to benefit from working intensively with more experienced professionals, and to enjoy the natural environment. This proved to be a highly significant development and the Festival is now well established with an international reputation.

The Mendelssohn on Mull Trust aims to provide young professional musicians with opportunities to develop their practical music skill at an advanced level, in an environment which encourages personal and cultural development. Since 2000 the Trust has also developed its presence on Mull with the Mendelssohn on Mull Music Makers, the educational outreach activity of the Mendelssohn on Mull Trust.

The Festival enjoys considerable critical acclaim, and has been featured in national press including The Times, The Guardian, The Herald, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, BBC Music Magazine and Classical Music Magazine as well as on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. 



Artistic Director - Levon Chilingirian

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