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Cantilena Festival Players

Cantilena Festival Players

Trio - Piano Trio


  • Angus Ramsay - Violin
  • Sarah Harrington - Cello
  • Scott Mitchell - Piano


Viennese programme

Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube, Annen Polka, Cachucha Galop, Wiener Bonbons, Jugendfeuer Galopp, Tritsch Tratsch Polka

Joseph Lanner: Steyrische Tänze, Hans Jörgen Polka

Fritz Kreisler: Miniature Viennese March

Josef Strauss: Ohne Sorgen


Cantilena was formed in 1970 by the late Adrian Shepherd. Adrian visited Islay with Angus Ramsay and Scott Mitchell and found support for a week of music from the islanders. The first Festival in 2000 was a success, and has now become a regular event on Islay. Every July since, the beautiful Hebridean island is home to Cantilena's professional musicians and students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Along with fellow tutor, cellist Sarah Harrington, Angus and Scott formed the Cantilena Festival Players and have released their first CD, The Blue Danube.

Angus Ramsay studied under the celebrated violinist Max Rostal at the Music Conservatoire in Bern, Switzerland. Throughout the last 35 years, he has performed both as a soloist and as part of many of the most respected and well-known orchestras and chamber music groups in the UK and Europe. He is Artistic Director of The Music Parlour, teaches extensively throughout Scotland and has also spent his career as a principal player in the orchestra of Scottish Opera.

Sarah Harrington is an active member of the Scottish Opera Orchestra as well as being a busy freelance player performing in chamber and ensemble groups around Scotland. After studying cello at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Sarah freelanced with many orchestras including English Chamber Orchestra, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Bournemouth Symphony until moving back to Scotland in 1998. Sarah greatly enjoys performing in Chamber groups and regularly performs with the Edington Ensemble.

Scott Mitchell is a senior staff accompanist and chamber music coach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow where he also taught piano in the Junior Department. He performs regularly throughout Britain and has recently recorded Dave Heath's Piano Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra.