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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, all set in an incredibly beautiful part of Scotland. Our wonderful team of world class tutors will get fully involved in nurturing the development of all cellists on the summer school. 

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 young professionals, conservatoire students and those working towards music conservatoire. There are also opportunities for younger students to have group and individual lessons.

In 2020, we were forced to take the festival online, but it was  a good mix of fantastic lessons 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!

In 2021 we had a blend of live lessons and orchestra in 3 parts of the UK, and fantastic online sessions exploring Feuillard, Popper, Bach and Beethoven as well as Traditional Scottish cello, art of teaching and cello basics.

2022 – Everything should be live again this year and the Aboyne Cello Festival will bring 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 very soon.

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 typical schedule for the week when the festival runs live in Scotland:

Date Morning Afternoon

Evening

Sunday Cello Orchestra Rehearsal Cello Orchestra Rehearsal Young Artist Recital
Monday Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Adults – Aboyne
Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Adults – Aboyne
 Recital TBC
Tuesday Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Youngsters – Tarland
Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Scottish Music Session
Wednesday Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Adults – Aboyne
Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Adults – Aboyne
The Three Cellos Concert TBC
Thursday Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Youngsters – Tarland
Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Film Night (optional)
Friday Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Lessons/Workshops
Students – Tarland
Youngsters – Tarland
Students’ Concert
Saturday Cello Orchestra Rehearsal Cello Orchestra Rehearsal Recital TBC
Sunday   free Cello Orchestra Rehearsal Giant Cello Ensemble Concert                        MacRobert Memorial Hall, Tarland

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