Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival
A weekend of exceptional chamber music staged at historic Kinnordy House.
Welcome to Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival
Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival was established in 2016 with the aim of bringing some of the UK’s finest chamber musicians to the area. The home of the festival is the beautiful Kinnordy Estate on the outskirts of Kirriemuir, Angus. This is a rare opportunity to hear chamber music in the setting for which it was written.
In 2019 we launched our first Easter course for young musicians. Full details of this can be found on our 2019 Easter Chamber Music Course page. This new strand of the festival provides a chance for the next generation of aspiring chamber musicians to gain expert tuition and performance opportunities in an inspirational setting.
A welcome from Patrick & Mary Gifford
There are several strands to the origins of our festival. For many years I was a trustee of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, this long-running festival was co-founded by Daniel Tong who, along with Robin Michael, is artistic director of Kinnordy Chamber Music. I was aware that such an event could be hugely successful in a venue such as Kinnordy and that the pool of players available was of exceptional quality.
Daniel and Robin were very keen to create a similar festival in Scotland. Robin comes from Kirkcaldy and thought that eastern Scotland would be fertile ground for this kind of event, so all the strands eventually came together.
It is now over four years since we made Kinnordy our home and we have always been keen to make the very most of the house, particularly its wonderful library. This was built to house the academic work of two previous generations of Lyells, who embodied the nineteenth-century tradition of gentlemen scientists.
Thankfully the library turns out to have excellent acoustics. Listening to chamber music in this intimate setting provides a real connection to the past, we are hearing music in the very setting in which it was written to be performed.