Whats On at the Macphail


  Please note some dates and performances may be subject to change 



Friday 21 June 2019 


Macphail Centre, Ullapool

Tickets £18 & £15 conc

On sale now from Macphail Centre

'A Theatr Mwldan Production'.

This sublime, critically acclaimed and multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians - Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita - delivers a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship.

Drawing deep on their own diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy, Catrin and Seckou have built a formidable reputation for extraordinary performances. Following the huge success of their debut release, their long-awaited second album 'SOAR' released in April 2018. The album takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3,000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales, soaring like music and dreams over man-made borders, on its innate and epic journey of endurance. 

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Entrancing, mesmeric, intricate and ethereal, this is remarkable music and a thrilling live experience.

"an emotional demonstration of how two virtuoso musicians triumphantly bring different cultures together"
5* Robin Denselow, The Guardian
" ... SOAR is about as near to perfection as is possible."
5*, Dave Haslam, RnR Magazine

Some Youtube clips here:

Clarach:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urnm8Aync5s

Bach to Baïsso: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5_VfQIMR7w

Térangah-Bah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4OSAQeVBw0

Spotify link:



“You could listen to this 1,000 times and still find something new”

4* David Hutcheon, MOJO August edition

 '...worth every moment of the wait - a truly inspired second act from the duo'

Keith Ames, lead review in summer edition of the Musicians Union Magazine

"an emotional demonstration of how two virtuoso musicians triumphantly bring different cultures together"

5* Robin Denselow, The Guardian (Live review, Union Chapel, 12 May)


Sunday 23rd June, 3PM

A weary traveller, driven by a storm and pursued by a ferocious horde, seeks shelter in a hut in the forest. He is gently tended by a woman, who awakens distant memories of his early life…..

In June 2019 the Mahler Players will give the Highland premier of Wagner’s Die Walkϋre. In a specially commissioned new orchestration by composers Matthew King and Peter Longworth, the orchestra will perform Act 1 from the opera.

Given its UK premiere in 1882, it has nonetheless never been performed in the north of Scotland.

Working with world-renowned soloists Claire Rutter (recent appearances include the title role in Tosca with Welsh National Opera and Icelandic Opera), Peter Wedd (the Prince in Rusalka with Scottish Opera, Siegmund in Die Walkϋre with Opera Frankfurt and the title role in Lohengrin with WNO) and Olivier Award winning bass-baritone lestyn Edwards, this promises to be amust see event this year for everyone in the north of Scotland.

Schoenberg’s haunting and romantic Verklӓrte Nacht (Transfigured Night) will be in the first half.

We hope to see you there for what promises to be an unforgettable concert.


 Catherine Nardiello

Concert Pianist

Monday 1st July 


Tickets £8 and £5 conc


Catherine, currently living in Switzerland, was born in Middletown, Ohio USA and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Towson State University in Baltimore USA

Performing world-wide with many notable ensembles and orchestras Cathy is active in Europe as a freelance pianist, soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Her repertoire spans from classical to contemporary specialising in American piano music, women composers and contemporary music as well as lecturing and masterclasses.





Macphail Theatre

Monday 8th July 

8PM (Doors open 7:30PM) 

Tickets £17 





Wednesday 10th July

11AM and 1:30PM

Tickets £11.50/Family £40 (2 adults/2 children)

Join Hansel and Gretel as they go on an adventure deep in the woods….Along the way you’ll meet a rather beguiling witch and her mysterious raven, before arriving in an enchanted gingerbread house filled with dancing treats and toys that come to life.

This specially adapted 50 minute show is the perfect way for young children and their families to discover the magic of ballet.



19th July

Can you catch a killer

 2pm & 7.30pm

Tickets £10 & £6 conc (under 18s & over 60) 

Watch events unfold in a professionally performed play and then flex your detective skills and have your chance to interrogate each suspect in turn. Bring a team or come on your own.

Fun, funny and deliciously brain teasing, Can YOU Catch the Killer? mixes live game play with a high quality theatrical performance.



12th September 


Tickets £10/£8

'Poet of the Impossible' is a beautifully crafted weaving of magic and spoken work created by Scots-Italian magician and playwright, Lorenzo Novani.  This intimate show, which has been touring the UK over the last year with stops at Brighton Fringe, Carlisle Fringe, EdFringe, and most recently, the International Magic Festival, has been acclaimed for its originality and stripped-back simplicity which makes its magic seem all the more incredible.

You really haven't seen anything like this. 

Prepare to be spellbound, his works enchant and his magic defies explanation and gravity.





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