A fitting finale for the McLellan Arts festival

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The McLellan Arts Festival has again been a whirlwind 10 days, ending last Sunday with a spirited performance of  Puccini’s Messe di Gloria under the experienced baton of Alec Crow.

This concert, which included additional items from the summer school students, was much appreciated by the audience – as have been all performances during this festival including the opera gala last Friday night, the compelling, imaginative and, at times, powerful theatre from the drama students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Corrie and Sannox Village Hall last Saturday.

Then there was the thoughtful and moving forum with Howard Wood, the interesting film, Tommy’s Honour, the fascination in James McEnaney’s  talk, the beauty of the sacred music and  the voice of John Sillars in Corrie Church as well as the warmth and quality of this year’s poet, Sinead Morrissey.

This festival was among the best we have had and, as always thanks are due to the many who contributed to its success. Special thanks to Sue and Ian McKinley for generous support of the summer school and to Alec Crowe and Peter Wilson for tutoring the stendents.

In addition, we would thank all those who performed – including our local performers, Angus Adamson, Arran Dawn, Drambusters, Stuart Gough, Tim Pomeroy, John Sillars and Bethany Walsh.

To Cicely Gill and David Underdown for organising the poetry competition, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Katharine O’Donnelly for organising Drama Live,

Auchrannie Resort and The Douglas Hotel for their generous donations,The Book and Card Shop for so kindly handling tickets, Arran Banner for coverage, Arran Events for online ticketing, Arran Lodge for providing superb  accommodation,

Corrie Church, KA Leisure and Community Theatre, Whiting Bay Village Hall, Corrie and Sannox Village Hall and  Brodick Library for excellent venues and service, Colin Guthrie for generous provision of accommodation, Josephine Broekhuizen and Asja Baumgartner for delicious catering, Angie Fisher and Christine Drennan for ceilidh meringues, Sarah Cook and Kilmory Community Bus for transporting students.

Also Eileen Kerr and Margaret Wright for events management, front of house volunteers from the McLellan Festival Steering Group and, of course, grateful thanks to all those warm and appreciative people who attended the performances.

If anyone would like to join the McLellan Arts Festival steering group or become involved in any way please email Heather at  gough.carlo@btinternet.com or phone 01770 302670.

Heather Gough

Sinead Morrissey reading her work at poetry night. No_B37mclellan01

Howard Wood talking about his Goldman Environmental Award at the Clamjamfry.  No_B37mclellan02

Royal Conservatoire students performing Searching for a Sunny Day which deals with dementia. No_B37mclellan03

Drama students performing Wilf and the Whale about plastics waste and the impact of humans on the earth. No_B37mclellan04

Students performing Stucken Moon a part murder mystery, part treatment about mental health. No_B37mclellan05

The McLellan Festival Chorus  in full voice during the final concert. No_B37mclellan06

The summer school students perform on the final night. 01_B37mclellan07