Information for Musicians Attending Music Coll

Music Coll is for the young professional groups attending to consolidate/study existing repertoire, study new works and above all to gain vital performing experience. ATTENDANCE IS BY INVITATION OF THE TUNNELL TRUST ONLY.

Course Dates & Arrival Travel

Music Coll 2020 runs from Saturday 27th June until the morning of Monday 6th July. All performers attending are expected to make their own way to The Isle of Coll by Car Ferry to arrive on Saturday 27th June (The ferry Oban-Coll departs at 06.15 and arrives on Coll at 08.55).

It will be necessary to overnight in Oban on Friday 26th June on the way to Coll, as the ferry leaves early at 06.15am on Saturday 27th June. Here’s a list of potential Oban B&Bs and a link to

Harbour View Guesthouse     Maridon House B&B

Departure will be on Monday 6th July. The ferry departs Coll at 12.45 arriving Oban at 15.25 (Oban-Glasgow train arrives in Glasgow at 21.40).

There are three main recitals during Music Coll on 3rd, 4th & 5th July.  The three public recitals will be at An Cridhe, Coll’s fabulous community centre. It is expected that each group will perform at least three main works at these recitals.

The daily schedule is structured into 4 sessions which are arranged between the Tutors and the Artistic Director but very much in conjunction with the performers’ own preferences. The daily sessions are timetabled as follows:

9.30am – 11am, 11.30 – 1pm, 2.30pm – 4pm and 4.30pm – 6pm

The evenings are free on non-concert days with dinner at 7.45pm.

The Tutors & Staff will stay with various hosts on the Island. The Young Musicians will be staying in the excellent Coll Bunkhouse adjacent to the main centre at An Cridhe. Breakfast will be Self-Catering in the Bunkhouse and a delicious lunch and dinner will be provided at An Cridhe by our superb team of local chefs.

There will be a full paying bar at An Cridhe.

The final Sunday afternoon is a mixture of a more formal Concert followed by a more relaxed hour or so where the audience (with children) can come and go a little. We like groups to perhaps play one or two shorter, light items during this time so please bring any ‘lolipop’ items you may wish to play. There may also be the opportunity for groups to mix up a little with each other and play a short work or movement they might have found time to rehearse during the week. If you think you would like to try a piece out then please bring the music!

There will be considerable interaction during the week with children from the only local school. Music is very much a part of their lives and most groups will be asked to be involved in a workshop or performance for the youngsters at some stage.

All performers should feel free to contact the Artistic Director at any time if they have any questions about Music Coll.