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Covid 19 may still have implications which affect accommodation, concerts etc. We will obviously follow the latest guidelines and will be reformulating the festival up to the last minute!
Welcome to the Aboyne Cello Festival and Summer School!

Started back in 2005, the Aboyne Cello Festival is now established as one of the cello highlights of the year.

Eight days of intensive cello workshops, lessons, chamber music, cello orchestra and all-round Cello Inspiration! Our wonderful team of world class tutors get fully involved in nurturing the development of all cellists on the summer school, and also provide a series of professional concerts at super venues across this wonderful area of Scotland.

We welcome participants of all ages and stages and can offer a bespoke experience. There are sessions for adult amateurs as well as intensive sessions for conservatoire students and those working towards music conservatoire. There are also opportunities for younger students to have group and individual lessons.

Last year, 2020, we were forced to take the festival online, but it was applauded by all involved as a good mix of fantastic lessons (all participants watched and learned from other lessons as well as their own) and fun social cello playing and cello chat!  We also managed to bring a flavour of our Aberdeenshire home to the week with a scottish cello workshop and stream some great concerts on our YouTube Channel which were enjoyed by people as far away as Australia!

The Aboyne Cello Festival brings recitals that would grace top venues anywhere in the world, and teachers of major international standing to this fantastic part of Aberdeenshire, and we look forward to welcoming you as a student or a member of the audience.

Please contact us for further information, follow our  Facebook page,  our  Instagram  and apply here!

James Halsey
Festival Director

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About

The Aboyne Cello Festival and Summer School is known to be a fun, supportive cello summer school based in wonderful surroundings with an ethos of friendship and positive thinking and the very best international cellist tutors. The core of the course is designed for conservatoire level students, but we also inspire teenagers, professionals, adult amateurs grade 6+, and include coaching for younger participants. If you play the cello but are unsure about what you would want to be involved with, please get in touch to find out more about which parts of the course would be suitable for you!

The Aboyne Cello Festival is open to all ages from 7+ and of any standard. The advised standard for those participating in the Cello Orchestra is grade 6+.

Read more about individual lessons, masterclasses and workshopscello orchestra, and accompanists/chamber music.

Apply here to secure your place to be part of this fantastic cello festival!

Below is a provisional schedule for the week:

Date Morning Afternoon

Evening

Sunday 25th July Cello Orchestra Rehearsal Cello Orchestra Rehearsal Young Artist 2021 Recital
Monday 26th July Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Adults – Aboyne
Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Adults – Aboyne
 Recital TBC
Tuesday 27th July Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Youngsters – Tarland
Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Scottish Music Session
Wednesday 28th July Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Adults – Aboyne
Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Adults – Aboyne
The Three Cellos Concert TBC
Thursday 29th July Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Youngsters – Tarland
Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Film Night (optional)
Friday 30th July Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Youngsters – Tarland
Students’ Concert
Saturday 31st July Cello Orchestra Rehearsal Cello Orchestra Rehearsal Recital TBC
Sunday 1st August   free Cello Orchestra Rehearsal Giant Cello Ensemble Concert
7:30pm MacRobert Memorial Hall, Tarland

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