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Penmore House

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Mendelssohn on Mull

Mendelssohn on Mull was founded in 1988 by the revered violinist Leonard Friedman, responsible for so much of lasting value in Scotland’s musical life.

Before the days of the internet and email Leonard Friedman arrived on Mull. He had little more than a local contact a few hand written letters and a vision. Leonard was picked up from the ferry terminal, it was a wild and wet day the transport to Dervaig was in a rather smelly van stinking of fish and it included a collie dog hanging over his shoulder with its head out of the window in the fresh air. Leonard sat down with Sarah Spence and with her local knowledge and contacts they put together a festival booking halls and venues.

Young professionals in the field of string chamber music spend a week of preparation and performance, inspired by established artists and playing alongside them, in the surroundings of natural beauty that drew Mendelssohn to Scotland.

The Mendelssohn on Mull Music Festival brings together seasoned musicians and young professionals at the start of their careers, for a week of music tutoring.

The Festival is held annually during the first week in July each year.

Concert venues all around Mull, on Iona and in Oban. All the performances are free with children welcomed and encouraged to pop in for a listen.

Both musicians and audiences are inspired by the wild beauty that drew composer Felix Mendelssohn to this region, and inspired his renowned Hebridean Overture.

Mendelssohn stayed in Tobermory on Mull en route to Staffa where he visited Fingal’s Cave. The concert overture known both as The Hebrides and as Fingal’s Cave was composed shortly after his visit, and was originally entitled ‘The Lonely Island’. Mendelssohn sent a postcard to his family with the opening phrase of the overture written on it. In a note to his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn he said: “In order to make you understand how extraordinarily the Hebrides affected me, I send you the following, which came into my head there.”

The festival that now bears his name was conceived as a musical pilgrimage in commemoration of Mendelssohn’s visit.

The festival is administered by a trust which organises the events and pays the expenses of the participants and professionals.

Mendelssohn on Mull Festival proudly supports the community-led project, the Mull Music Makers, which provides a regular programme of violin teaching to local schoolchildren.


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