Something for everyone at arts festival

Students from Royal Northern College of Music with their tutors Pat McMahon, Peter Wilson and Alec Crowe. Photograph: Arran Theatre and Arts Trust.

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The McLellan Arts Festival really does have something for everyone with this year’s packed programme including opera, poetry, music, dancing  and chat and much much more.

It all kicks off next Friday, August 30, with a poetry event in Corrie and Sannox village hall, as previewed in last week’s Banner. Sean O’Brien  will announce the winners of this year’s McLellan Poetry competition and read from his own work all enhanced with music from Arran Dawn. For anyone interested in literature this is bound to be a very interesting event.

On Saturday, August 31, the rafters of Whiting Bay hall will resound to the music and fun of the famous festival ceilidh with a live band, The Drambusters, Stuart Gough calling, pipes from Angus Adamson, songs from Tim Pomeroy and jazz duo, Biff and Tom. This is always a good night and ideal for all ages with children and young people at school going free. (BYOB)

For those of you who delight to wonderful voices, the talented students of the Royal Northern College will sing their beautiful music in  Corrie Church at 12noon on Sunday September 1. (Please note the time – not as advertised in flyer as 12.30pm).

On Sunday evening, September 1, a treat is in store. This year’s Clamjamfry event features Kirsty Wark who will talk about her life in seven images and then talk about her new book with a question and answer session and book signing after – all in the community theatre, Lamlash.

Monday September 2 is film night and this year, Arran Vintage film is being shown in Corrie and Sannox village hall as well as the Arran-made successful  comedy Uncowed.

Theatre enthusiasts will welcome a new production in Brodick hall on Tuesday September 3 called My Name is Irrelevant. The show blends the spoken word with a live original soundtrack. A great opportunity to see new professional theatre on Arran.

A real foot tapping evening is promised  in Whiting Bay hall on Thursday September  5 when Paul Anderson, a talented and acclaimed fiddler from the North East, will entertain alongside fellow entertainers from Aberdeenshire and Arran , including Sheila Gilmore, John Sillars  and John Cruikshank. Not to be missed.

Friday September 6 is, of course, the opera gala at the community theatre in Lamlash when the young opera singers who have been working all week at their dummer school  at Altachorvie will perform for us. Always a joy.

And then on Saturday September 7, more talented young people – this time theatre students from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire –  will perform their vibrant and excellent work in Corrie and Sannox village hall. how in its fourth year, this popular event has become a real showcase of talent.

On  Sunday September 9 expect a glorious musical event in the community theatre , Lamlash when the McLellan Festival Chorus,  the summer school students and young musicians from the Royal Northern College  perform Handel’s Messiah.

Then you get a week off! Return for, what promises to be a joyous evening in the community theatre, when Scotland’s acclaimed professional company, Opera Bohemia, give a full costumed and staged performance of, perhaps the world’s best loved operetta , The Merry Widow.

Tickets for all events can be bought online at , The Book and Card Centre, Brodick or at the door. A festival season ticket is also available so you don’t miss a thing.


The Clamjamfry event features Kirsty Wark. NO_B34festival01

Opera Bohemia are bringing The Merry Widow to the festival. NO_B34festival02

My Name is Irrelevant will be performed in Brodick hall. NO_B34festival03

Paul Anderson will be the headline act at the concert in Whiting Bay hall. NO_B34festival04

Students from the Royal North College of Music who took part in last year’s summer school with tutors Pat McMahon, Peter Wilson and Alex Crowe. NO_B36mclellan01