About Us

… bringing the world’s greatest music and Scotland’s brightest musicians to Britain’s loveliest island

Skye Chamber Music (formerly Skye Arts Guild) is the Isle of Skye’s only established chamber music society. We offer a varied programme of six or seven live performances by highly gifted professional musicians every year. Our seasons extend from the Autumn to the following Spring.

The performances range from early music to contemporary, and the performers from solo instrumentalists to small chamber orchestras and choral groups.

We have an enviable record of attracting exciting new musicians to Skye, often before they become famous. Our close links with two of our sponsors, Tunnell Trust and Enterprise Music Scotland, help us identify and invite prize-winners from the various Scottish music competitions.

Each year, we include one less formal event, usually a jazz evening at a local hotel, which is preceded by an optional buffet supper.

Concerts are held either in St Columba’s Church, Portree, with its splendid bright acoustic, or at the Fingal Centre, Portree High School, where the Bechstein piano that we acquired for the community is kept. Most are in the evening, beginning at 8 o’clock, though we are experimenting with daytime events at weekends.

Membership costs are modest; this year £40 for a full season of seven concerts (and the opportunity to bring guests free of charge). Non-members are welcome and may pay at the door, which costs £10 per concert for adults, with full-time students admitted free.

Over the past few seasons, Skye Chamber Music’s membership has fluctuated between about 35 and 65 people holding Season Tickets. Those paying at the door usually boost audiences to somewhere between about 40 and 70.