Hebrides | August 2019

Join us between 19-28 August 2019 for the biggest ever tour of the Hebrides by an orchestra!

Conducted by our Artistic Directors Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves Nevis will give 35 concerts in public spaces and community venues on Barra, Vatersay, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Berneray, Harris, St Kilda, Lewis and Skye, as well as in Garelochhead, Inverary, Ardfern, Oban, Fort William and Glasgow. 

A highlight of the tour will see the whole orchestra travelling on four chartered boats to Hirta, the main island of St Kilda, on 24 August. The most remote group of islands in the British Isles, and evacuated in 1930, the archipelago is now home to a million seabirds, National Trust rangers and military personnel.

We will also give the world premiere of a new work by Rufus Elliot GEILT (a number of ways), based on the composer’s experiences of hitch-hiking around the Hebrides, as part of our ongoing partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and arrangements of Waulking Songs from the Isle of Lewis.

Every performance is different in terms of programming, and other repertoire includes works spanning the whole of music from the earliest written down music by Hildegard of Bingen (born 1098!) to the present day via Handel, Mozart, Debussy, Lutoslawski, James MacMillan and Shiori Usui, as well as pop music by A-Ha and Toto, and arrangements of Scottish ceilidh tunes and Gaelic songs. There is even some Shirley Bassey for those who feel like testing out their lung power .

This tour is able to happen thanks to the support of Creative Scotland, The Robertson Trust, Calendonian MacBryane Ferries, Witherby Publishing Group Charitable Trust, Foundation Scotland, William Grant Foundation, An Lanntair, and Cubby’s Midge Salves.

Have a look through the performance list below, and please do get in touch if you would like to know more.

PERFORMANCES

Gibson Hall

Date: August 19, 2019

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Location: Gibson Hall, Garelochhead

We’re back where we started (we had our first ever performance here), and kicking off our tour in the lovely village of Garelochhead.

Inverary

Date: August 19, 2019

Time: 15:30 - 16:00

Location: Inverary

Look out for us in the town centre as we give an impromptu performance in this beautiful town along Loch Fyne.

Craignish Village Hall

Date: August 19, 2019

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Location: Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern

One of our favourite audiences of 2018, Nevis returns to Craignish Village Hall in Ardfern for a performance full of singing and dancing.

Oban High School

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 09:30 - 10:30

Location: Oban High School

An early start (for both the musicians and young people…!), but great to be performing for the students of Oban before we head over to Barra.

Eidar Glinn Care Home

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 11:00 - 11:45

Location: Eidar Glinn Care Home

Chamber groups from Nevis give performances in this residential care home for older people before the group jumps on the ferry to Barra.

Dunmar Court

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 11:00 - 11:45

Location: Dunmar Court, Oban

Chamber groups from Nevis give performances in this residential care home for older people before the group jumps on the ferry to Barra.

Oban-Barra ferry

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 15:00 - 15:30

Location: Sound of Mull

Somewhere out in the Sound of Mull, Nevis will give a performance for ferry passengers heading to Barra to signal our arrival to the islands. Hopefully it’s a smooth crossing!

Castlebay Community Hall

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Location: Castlebay Community Hall, Barra

For our first performance on the islands, we’ll be giving a concert for locals and visitors in Castlebay on the gorgeous island of Barra.

Sgoil Bhàgh a’ Chaisteil | Castlebay Community School

Date: August 21, 2019

Time: 10:00 - 10:45

Location: Castlebay Community School, Barra

The day starts with a performance for the schoolchildren of Barra. Castlebay is a bilingual English/Gaelic school – we hope our Gaelic pronunciation is OK…

Traigh Shiar | Vatersay West Beach

Date: August 21, 2019

Time: 12:00 - 12:30

Location: Vatersay West Beach

If the weather is kind, join us for a performance on the beautiful beach at Vatersay Bay. This performance will act as a memorial to the more than 350 men, women and children of the Annie Jane (a ship taking migrants from Liverpool to Montreal), who perished off the coast of Vatersay in 1853, and whose bodies were interred here.

Barra-Eriskay ferry

Date: August 21, 2019

Time: 16:00 - 16:20

Location: Sea of the Hebrides

During the short crossing from Barra to Eriskay in the Sea of the Hebrides, Nevis will give a short performance on the ferry.

Eriskay Hall

Date: August 21, 2019

Time: 18:00 - 19:00

On the gorgeous island of Eriskay, we’re thrilled to give a performance in the island’s hall for the local community.

Sgoil Dhalabroig | Daliburgh School

Date: August 22, 2019

Time: 09:30 - 10:15

Location: Daliburgh School

After crossing the causeway from Eriskay, we’ll be stopping off at Daliburgh for a morning performance at the school.

Taigh Tasgaidh Chill Donnain | Kildonan Museum

Date: August 22, 2019

Time: 11:00 - 11:45

Location: Kildonan Museum, South Uist

Kildonan Museum is a fascinating heritage centre that holds over 10,000 items relating to life on South Uist. We’ll be stopping by to give a performance for visitors and locals.

Sgoil an Iochdair | Iochdar School

Date: August 22, 2019

Time: 13:00 - 13:45

Location: Iochdar School, South Uist

We love school performances, and can’t wait to stop off at Iochdar School on South Uist, for a lunchtime concert.

Balivanich School

Date: August 22, 2019

Time: 14:15 - 15:00

Location: Balivanich School, Benbecula

Arriving on Benbecula, we’ll head to Balivanich School for a performance for the whole school.

Uist Community Riding School

Date: August 22, 2019

Time: 17:00 - 17:45

Location: Uist Community Riding School, Benbecula

A first for Nevis, we’ll be giving a performance at the horse riding school! Going on previous form, expect an intrepid musician to play their instrument on horseback…

Lochmaddy Village Hall

Date: August 22, 2019

Time: 19:30 - 20:30

Location: Lochmaddy Village Hall, North Uist

A relaxed evening performance for the community on beautiful North Uist.

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre

Date: August 23, 2019

Time: 13:00 - 13:45

Location: Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Lochmaddy

We’ll be giving a performance for locals and visitors at this lovely arts centre in Lochmaddy. During the performance the orchestra will interact with Caolas na Hearadh (The Sound of Harris) a site-specific sound installation by artist Joshua Bonnetta.

Berneray West Beach

Date: August 23, 2019

Time: 15:00 - 15:30

Location: Berneray West Beach

Before we take the ferry to Harris, we’ll stop at Berneray for a performance on this beautiful beach. The silver sand and crystal waters look so tropical that the Thai tourist authorities mistook it for one of their own beaches during a marketing campaign!

Berneray-Leverburgh ferry

Date: August 23, 2019

Time: 17:30 - 17:50

Location: Sea of the Hebrides

As we continue to work our way north, thanks to Caledonian MacBrayne, we’ll give a performance on the ferry between Berneray and Harris.

St Clement’s Church

Date: August 23, 2019

Time: 19:30 - 20:30

Location: St Clement's Church, Rodel, Harris

Thanks to Historic Environment Scotland, we can give an intimate evening performance in St Clement’s Church, Rodel. Dating from the 15th century, it was built for the Chiefs of the Macleods of Harris.

Hirta, St Kilda

Date: August 24, 2019

Time: circa 13:00 - 13:45

Location: Hirta, St Kilda

A highlight of the tour, the orchestra will take the long trip out to St Kilda and give a performance for National Trust for Scotland staff, Military of Defence personnel, and visitors.

Occupied for 2000 years, before evacuation in 1930, the archipelago is a dual-UNESCO World Heritage Site (for natural environment and cultural significance). This will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and we can’t wait.

(If weather conditions mean the trip cannot go ahead on 24 August, we will travel the following day on 25 August.)

Seilebost Beach

Date: August 25, 2019

Time: time tbc

Location: Seilebost Beach, Harris

Once voted one of the top ten beaches in the world, we’ll stop off at Seilebost to give a short performance for those camping, visiting and living in the area.

Luskentyre Beach

Date: August 25, 2019

Time: time tbc

Location: Luskentyre Beach, Harris

Rightly regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, we’ll stop off at Luskentyre and surprise those hoping for a quiet walk along the silver sands.

Isle of Harris Distillery

Date: August 26, 2019

Time: 11:00 - 11:30

Location: Isle of Harris Distillery, Tarbert

The first distillery on the Isle of Harris, we cannot wait to perform here for staff and visitors. We might even have to stay behind and have a taste of its world-renowned gin (if we must…)

Lews Castle/Stornoway Primary School

Date: August 26, 2019

Time: 13:30 - 14:15

Location: Lews Castle, Stornoway

Supported by An Lanntair, we’ll be giving a performance for Stornoway’s school children in the beautiful grounds of Lews Castle.

Western Isles Hospital

Date: August 26, 2019

Time: 15:00 - 15:30

Location: Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway

Supported by An Lanntair, we’ll stop off at the Western Isles Hospital for a performance for patients and staff.

Harris Tweed Hebrides

Date: August 26, 2019

Time: 16:00 - 16:30

Location: Harris Tweed Hebrides, Shawbost, Lewis

Harris Tweed is famous the world over, and is having a revival being seen on the catwalks on Paris, Milan and New York with the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Alexander Macqueen using the material.

We can’t wait to stop by and give a performance at the mill for staff. We even have an arrangement of a Hebridean Waulking Song to share.

Calanais | Callanish Standing Stones

Date: August 26, 2019

Time: 19:30 - 20:30

Location: Calanis Standing Stones, Callanish, Lewis

Thanks to Historic Environment Scotland, we can give an evening performance at the amazing Calanais Stones – Scotland’s most impressive and best preserved neolithic monuments. Erected around 5000 years ago, a performance among the stones at Calanais will be a special moment on the tour.

Stornoway-Ullapool ferry

Date: August 27, 2019

Time: 08:30 - 09:00

Location: The Minch

Our final ferry performance of the tour, Nevis will give a morning performance for those heading back to the mainland.

Portree High School

Date: August 27, 2019

Time: 14:15 - 15:00

Location: Portree High School, Skye

After a long drive, and back ‘over the sea’ to Skye, we’ll stop off at Portree High School for a concert to the whole school.

Old Man of Storr

Date: August 27, 2019

Time: 17:30 - 18:00

Location: Old Man of Storr, Skye

A Nevis summer tour wouldn’t be complete without a hilltop performance, so we’ll enjoy a short hike up to the top of the Old Man of Storr before giving a performance for fellow hikers and visitors.

Eilean Donan Castle

Date: August 28, 2019

Time: 10:30 - 11:00

Location: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh

An icon of Scotland, we’ll stop off at Eilean Donan Castle for a morning performance for staff and visitors, as we start the journey back to Glasgow.

Fort William

Date: August 28, 2019

Time: 13:30 - 13:50

Location: Fort William

Our final pop-up performance of the tour, find us in Fort William town centre for a quick performance as we continue the journey back to Glasgow.

Glasgow

Date: August 28, 2019

Time: 18:30 - 19:30

Location: Glasgow

Our final performance venue is still to be confirmed, but we’ll be sure to let you know so that all of our Glasgow audiences can come and enjoy our final concert of the tour.