Folk music from Kazakhstan among the attractions at first ever Elgin Music Festival

Elgin Cathedral, also known as the ‘Lantern of the North’ will be the scene for the first day of the festival.
Elgin Cathedral, also known as the ‘Lantern of the North’ will be the scene for the first day of the festival.

Folk music from Kazakhstan and classical sounds from local performers will be just some of the highlights at a new Moray festival.

The first ever Elgin Summer Music Festival will be taking place at two locations around the town.

Acts scheduled to appear this year include a folk group from Kazakhstan, internationally known Scottish button accordionist Graeme Mackay and harpist Fiona Mary Elizabeth Kyle.

In addition there will be harp groups from Feis Moray, woodwind orchestra from Gordonstoun, piano students from Wellenger School of Music, a local Gaelic choir and many more.

The grand finale of the festival is the summer ceilidh ball with live music provided by Graeme Mackay.

The event is organised by Magdalena Wellenge, who runs the Wellenger School of Music.

She said: “These events are also designed to make the most of our local facilities and historical heritage.

“Making sure people can engage and enjoy our surroundings here in Elgin and celebrate the effort made by the people who make them work.”

The festival kicks off on Saturday with a classical music event at Elgin Cathedral’s Chapter House and continues into Sunday at the town hall with a day of international music.

Tickets available online at www.wellengermusic.com

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