Information about the 2017 Festival is available here
The Aboyne Cello Festival has rapidly established itself as one of the largest and most exciting events in the cellists’ calendar.
Conceived in 2005 by Aboyne resident and cellist Myrtle Watt, the festival attracts students from all over the UK, as well as from Canada, Germany and South Africa.
Our inspiring tutors are also all top level performers, and the public face of the Festival – a series of 6 concerts in 8 days, is built round them. The final concert will be by the Giant Cello Ensemble – upward of 30 cellists performing together! In previous festivals the concert repertoire has included cello concertos by Haydn, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, as well as Vaughan Williams fantasia on Tallis, the Carmen suite, excerpts from the Planets and lots more wonderful music, all arranged for an orchestra of cellos! The concerts take place in Aboyne, Tarland, Finzean and at Woodend Barn in Banchory.
The concerts are the public face of the Festival, but equally important are the lessons and workshops which go on throughout the whole week. Tarland has become the base for the teaching part of the Festival, and we have been very lucky to be welcomed so warmly by the residents of Tarland. The newly and wonderfully refurbished Tarland Village Hall provides an intimate yet spacious environment which is wholly conducive to learning and music making.