SMO Gaelic Play 29 Damhair 6.45f

Bidh an dealbh-chluich Taigh na Bana-bhuidsich le Buidheann Dràma Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a bhuannaich a’ Phrìomh Duais aig Mòd Dhùn Omhain, air an ùrlar san TDC Oidhche Luain aig 6.45f. Bidh fàilte romhaibh uile, a bharrachd air cèic, tì, cofaidh, fìon, sugh is msaa.

Come along on Monday 29 October at 6.45pm to see the Gaelic play taken to the Mòd by the students of SMO, with tea, coffee and cake! All welcome

An Talla Mor in spotlight

The lively history of one of Sleat’s most popular halls comes into the spotlight tonight, thanks to a resident artist.

Rachel Schmidt is the current visual artist in residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and presents This is Your Life, An Talla Mòr, at the eponymous hall tonight at 7.30pm.

Working in collaboration with sound engineer Hector MacInnes and artist Caitlin MacKenzie, Rachel will use music, video and prizes to take her audience on a journey through the imagined life of the Talla Mòr.

Rachel, who is on a three-month residence through the Royal Scottish Academy, was awarded the John Schueler scholarship over 14,000 applicants.

Originally from Kansas, Rachel lives in Washington DC where she is a textile artist and sculptor.

She said: “As an artist, I am interested in exploring perspectives of climate change on the environment on both sides of the world. Scotland has a powerful relationship with its landscape and a strong creative culture. I wanted to explore this in my art practice.

“I decided to do something that was project based and spent a large amount of time taking video footage and photographs on Skye with a view to turning this into a whole new body of artwork to explore living in this landscape.”

Rachel’s project, however, took an unexpected turn when she first set foot into An Talla Mòr.

She said: “It was love at first sight! I love the energy of the hall and the way it has housed and held so many different events over the years. I see it as a beautiful sight of pilgrimage and, the more I hear about the building, the more I see how special it is. Turning the focus of the project on a community hall is also a good way of thanking that community for my time here.”

Tonight features a unique evening of fun and involves video, music and games to take audiences on an imagined journey through the life of the hall.

Rachel explained: “Some of the information is based on history and some on my interpretation of the power and resonance of the environment.

“Expect gift bags, interactive video installation, music and a raffle. Come with an open mind, a sense of fun and expect to learn about the history of this wonderful building.”

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig arts development officer, Kath MacLeod, said: “Rachel has produced a very interesting contemporary take on environmental art which has been drawn by people and place. As an environmental artist, she came to this area because of its wealth of artistic activity, culture and language.

“This is very much a contemporary art installation and not a simple history of a hall. We are delighted to have welcomed Rachel as our seventh artist in residence and hope people will come out and support her tonight.

Entry is by donation, and proceeds will go to SEALL’s Festival of Small Halls, taking place in November. A limited number of spaces are available for tonight’s show and can be reserved from HERE.

SEALL in Newfoundland

10 days in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island

Posted by Duncan MacInnes on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Duncan set off to Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island to visit two msuic showcases, in September. 50 bands and 4 plays later he returned – see what he was up to in this video.

Get your Small Halls Programme here

Here it is – the complete Programme of the new Festival of Small Halls – the first in Europe. Click on the image above to open up this blog and then get the SEALL Festival of Small Halls PROGRAMME 2018 WEB     Printed programmes will appear around Skye from Wednesday 24 October.

You can buy all tickets on line via Ticket Master: click HERE

Our Autumn Programme is now out

Our programme of some wonderful events up to the end of the year is now published.

If you have not managed to pick up a print copy yet, you can see it online HERE

Scottish Ensemble ends festival on a high note

A quintet of strings and clarinet will play out the 2018 Skye Festival, Fèis an Eilein, with the music of Mozart and Brahms.

The Scottish Ensemble and internationally-acclaimed clarinettist Matthew Hunt will perform Chamber Notes at venues in Plockton and Sleat on 27 and 28 August.

The Sleat concert, taking place in the main hall at Plockton High School on Monday, 27 August, and at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Tuesday, 28 August with an open and informal workshop at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig at 1pm on 28 August  aimed at string players, but suitable for all musicians.

Tuesday’s concert will provide the grand finale of the two-month-long festival which has included concerts by some of the best traditional musicians in Scotland; an evening of jazz and beatbox; movies; workshops; cèilidh dances; house concerts; and a day of crime fiction for writers and readers.

In their evening performance, the Scottish Ensemble will explore the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms: Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major; Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor; John Luther Adams The Wind In High Places (movement 4).

Mozart and Brahms wrote just one clarinet quintet each, both in the final years of their lives. But it’s their inherent quality and charm, not only their solitary status, which has always made these quintets stand out amongst each composer’s repertoire.

SEALL creative director, Duncan MacInnes, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming back The Scottish Ensemble to SEALL. The full Ensemble was our sixth ever event back in 1991 and since then have been regular visitors.

“They are each outstanding classical musicians who are not afraid to seek out innovative and interesting collaborations to challenge themselves and their work. Their performances are always exciting and they are a joy to experience. Matthew Hunt is one of the UK’s leading clarinettists with an outstanding reputation for quality of play. These two concerts will be exceptional.

“We would urge anyone who wants listen and experience this collection of world-class classical musicians to come along to one of the concerts.”

 

 

Printed Festival programme now out

Afer a delay when our 5,000 programmes went missing in transit, we are now doing our best to get them delivered around the Island. You can alos download it from Feis 2018 Programme 2. Skye is also blitzed with Festival Banners. If you notice any going missing, please let us know – they have been ‘borrowed’ in the past!

Pirates sing to a Full House

Inner Sound presented another night of top quality Gilbert and Sullivan to a full house on 13 July during the Skye Festival. This was a revival of The Priates of Penzance they presented 7 years ago. The start, as usual were the young soloists and chorus members. They took the concert to Portree, Kyleaking and Eden Court, “but our home is always with SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig”, said Anne Lampard, musical director.

Good music and cream teas

The Skye Festival decided that a Saturday afternoon should include good music, tea and cakes. The Ceilidh Trailers came along and played the second concert and dance of the Festival,  and the SEALL supporters came up with the cake. Thank you everyone. “The Best gig we have ever played at” said the Trailers. “We aim for a lifetime of playing music and eating cake.”

Duncan’s Report from the PEI Small Halls Festival

With SEALL gearing up to a Festival of Small Halls in November, Duncan visited the founding Festival in Prince Edward Island in June. You can read all about it HERE