Information about the 2018 Festival is available here

Combining a concert series and international cello summer school, The Aboyne Cello Festival has rapidly established itself as one of the most exciting events in the cellists’ calendar.

Conceived in 2005 by Aboyne resident and cellist Myrtle Watt, the festival attracts students and adults from all over the UK, as well as from Canada, Germany, Norway, the Middle East 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 concerts take place in Aboyne, Tarland, Torphins and at Woodend Barn in Banchory.  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 Aboyne Cello Festival Summer School provides a full course of  cello masterclasses, lessons and chamber music workshops which go on throughout the whole week. Peaceful 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 local residents. The newly refurbished Tarland Village Hall provides an intimate yet spacious environment which is wholly conducive to learning and music making.

James Halsey

Festival Director