Summer School 2017

Through music...

With wind, string, orchestral, vocal ensembles and workshops in composition, contemporary piano, music theatre and on-location sound recording projects. Plus a programme of concerts and première performances in Stromness, Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral and the Orkney landscape.

... and exploration

In Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and the 900th Anniversary of the Death of  St Magnus.

With guided tours and time to travel by land and sea through Orkney’s archipelago of wild landscapes, nature reserves and world heritage archaeological and historical sites.

Image by Angela Geddes
Image by Angela Geddes

Music making

The Summer School offers instrumental and vocal ensembles together with a range of workshops, talks and walks, concerts and opportunities to experience, respond to and interact with the landscapes of Orkney, including:



William Conwayorchestras
Max Bailleviolin, strings, composers' trio
Hollie Hardingensemble
Rolf Hindpiano, composition, mindfulness
Ruth Gibsonviola, strings, composers' trio
Loré Lixenbergvoices, music theatre
Sarah McWhinneyimprovisation
Robin Michaelcello, strings, composer's trio
Alasdair Nicolsoncomposition
Janet Oatesvoices
Chris Watsonsoundscapes
James Weeksvoices, strings, composition
Details of course optionspdf


Saturday 22 July 19.45: Orkney Theatre
Acoustic Soundscapes               

Sound artist Chris Watson, one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, probably most renowned for his work with David Attenborough.

Tuesday 25 July 20.00: Stromness Town Hall
Tributes to Max                           

Max Baillie (violin), Ruth Gibson (viola), Robin Michael (cello) and Rolf Hind (piano)

Peter Maxwell Davies                     Piano sonata

Tributes to Max

Rolf Hind                                          The Dark Hug of Time

Alasdair Nicolson                           Magnus III

Sally Beamish                                  Mavis

Gemma McGregor                          Always by the shore

Stuart MacRae                                 Lento in Memoriam

Darren Bloom                                  Aureole


Peter Maxwell Davies                    Dove, Star Folded (2001) for string trio

Beethoven                                        Op.9. No 1 String Trio in G major

Thursday 27 July13.00: Orkney Theatre
Chamber Concert                        

Rolf Hind (piano) and Robin Michael (cello) 

Rolf Hind                                         The Eagle Darkens the Sky

Martinu                                            Duo no.1 for violin and cello

Dutilleux                                          Trois strophes pour violoncelle seul

Alasdair Nicholson                        Half Told Tales for piano trio

Thursday 27 July 22.00: St Magnus Cathedral
Goldberg Variations                  

Max Baillie (violin), Ruth Gibson (viola) and Robin Michael (cello)          

J S Bach                                             Goldberg Variations

Friday 28 July 13.00: Orkney Theatre
Summer School Showcase       

Programme to be devised during the course of the week

Saturday 29 July 19:30: St Magnus Cathedral
Orkney: Landscape & History <> Sound & Music   

Programme to be devised during the course of the week. Including works by Peter Maxwell Davies, William Sweeney, Drew Hammond and Neils Ronsholdt.

Tickets are available on the door £12 (£6 concession for young people up to 18 years).

The Summer School is run in partnership with St Magnus Festival and the Hebrides Ensemble, with support from Orkney arts organisations.


The Summer School receives financial support from the PRS for Music Foundation and Creative Scotland

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