Events 2019

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Events 2019


Ardkinglas House Tours

(April to September on a Friday)

Private Tours Available all year round

House Tours which include access to the house garden are available every Friday

The present house at Ardkinglas was completed in the autumn of 1907 and is generally considered to be the architect Sir Robert Lorimer’s masterpiece.

It was built at a time when traditional materials were skillfully and creatively mastered by expert craftsmen but where a wealth of new technology could be incorporated into the design. The house remains practically unaltered and is a very popular location for TV dramas, film production and product launches.

Please contact us to ensure the tour is going ahead.   £7.50 per person, £3.50 primary school children, younger ones free.

The House is still a much-loved family home and although not open to the public on a regular basis, a private tour of the house can be booked at any time of the year (minimum charge applies).

Booking is essential for all house tours.

Please phone 01499 600261 or email 



Mata Quartet

Saturday 17 August      6.00 p.m.     Ardkinglas, Loch Fyne


Joseph Haydn                  ’Emperor’ String Quartet No. 3 in C major, Op.76

Anton Webern                 Langsamer Satz

Maurice Ravel                 Sonata for violin and cello (1. Allegro, 2. Tres vif)

Dmitri Shostakovich       String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73

Michelle Dierx is a Dutch violinist from Zoersel, Belgium. She was taught by Annemieke Corstens at the Young Musicians Academy at the Conservatory in Tilburg (Netherlands) before she moved to Scotland in 2014. Michelle graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she received a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours. In 2019 Michelle will embark upon her Master of Arts in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, where she will study with Maureen Smith. During her undergraduate degree, Michelle received the Robert Highgate Scholarship for Violin, the Hilda Anderson Deane Prize and the Mary D Adams Prize for Chamber Music.  She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Orchestra, Youth Orchestra Amikejo and the Valkenswaard Chamber Orchestra. Michelle is also an avid chamber musician, winning the Mabel Glover String Quartet Prize with her quartet in 2017 and 2019. Michelle is principal second violin of the Broen Ensemble and is a member of two piano trios. Trio Doyenne received first place at the 24th Josep Mirabent i Migrans chamber music competition in Sitges (Spain). After a successful audition with the Broen Ensemble Quartet at Wigmore Hall, Michelle is looking forward to performing at the Purcell Room in February 2020.

Alexandra Webber Garcia is a 21 year-old Spanish born violinist who received her first violin lessons from her father at the age of 10. At the age of 16, Alexandra gained a scholarship to continue her studies at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, where her passion for chamber music gave her the opportunity to receive masterclasses from Graham Oppenheimer, Roger Chase and Jon Thorne, also playing alongside renowned musicians such as Michael Cox and the Brodsky Quartet in chamber music concert series. After receiving a number of offers from prestigious music colleges, she decided to study in Glasgow, Scotland. Alexandra is currently in her third year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying with Jane Atkins. During her time in RCS she has been awarded first prize in the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition (2017 and 2019) and highly commended in the Governor’s Recital Prize for Chamber Music. She has performed in collaborations with the Scottish Ensemble, the Hebrides Ensemble and Scottish Opera.

Thomas Kettle was born in Edinburgh and began learning viola at the age of nine. He has just completed his undergraduate degree at the RCS under the tutelage of Duncan Ferguson. During his time there he was awarded first place in the Watson Forbes Viola Competition, the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition and highly commended in the Louis Carus Duo Ensemble Prize. Most recently he was awarded first place in the Governors Recital Prize for Strings. He is about to begin his Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music. Thomas was principal viola of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Symphony Orchestra in 2018 and in 2017 was principal of their Senior and Camerata orchestras. He recently returned as a String Ambassador for the NYOS String Training Ensemble. In 2019 he was principal of Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, co-principal of the RCS Symphony Orchestra and performed at Buckingham Palace with the RCS Chamber Orchestra. He regularly plays with the Broen Ensemble and has given recitals with his duo partner in the Wellington Concert Series.

Alasdair Morton-Teng began cello lessons aged 8 at the City of Edinburgh Music School with Harriet Davidson and Alasdair Mitchell. Highlights of this included a masterclass with Steven Isserlis, performing movements of the Saint-Saens cello concerto, and recording and performing with Drake Music Scotland in London at the Olympic Games in 2012. Alasdair has just graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying with Alison Wells. During this time, he participated in masterclasses with Pieter Wispelway and Philip Higham, as part of Paxton Music Festival, and performed in side by side concerts with Scottish Ensemble and Hebrides Ensemble. As cellist of the Mata quartet, he recently won first prize in the Mable Glover string quartet competition 2019, and have summer concerts as part of the Ardkinglas and Westbourne music concert series.

Places (£15.00, students £7.50) must be booked in advance from Ardkinglas Estate Office

Tel. 01499 600261  email: 

Please give a contact phone no. when booking.     




Woods, Coast and Hedgerow Foraging Fungi - with Mark Williams


Thursday 29th August 2019

A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising wealth edible spring plants around the beautiful woods, coast and hedgerows of Ardkinglas Estate on Loch Fyne, Argyll. Enjoy a wild cook-in  and foraged cocktail afterwards.  For more information and to book please see here 







Sunday 22nd September - Jim Davidson 'Spice' Workshop 11am - 5pm £55 





Autumn Concerts at Ardkinglas 


Saturday 17th August 6pm  - Mata Quartet

Sunday 27th October 3pm  - Sveta & Slava Duo     

Saturday 16th November 6pm - Olga Paliy

Saturday 30th November - Broen Ensemble


Please contact the Estate Office on 01499 600261 or email to book a tickets. 

Please note booking is essential 


Pop up feast 

TBC 23rd November, more information to follow. 








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