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A Renaissance Musical Treat at Rothesay

18 August 2010

The unique atmosphere of the Renaissance period is being recreated at Rothesay Castle next week when visitors will be treated to a series of special performances of 16th century chamber music.

The Galloway Consort -  a group specialising in European music from the 15th to 17th centuries, played on faithful reproductions of period instruments such as viols, lutes, recorders and crumhorns– will be entertaining visitors at the castle from 11.30am and 4.30pm on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th August.  The musicians, who will be in appropriate period costume for their performances, will be playing popular dance music from the 16th century.

Gareth Cheeseman of Historic Scotland’s Interpretation Unit says: “Music was a major part of life in the royal court in the 16th century and King James V, who probably visited Rothesay Castle, played the lute himself.

“The talented musicians of The Galloway Consort use a variety of instruments which reflect the period and the lively charm of Renaissance chamber music.  Their performances at Rothesay Castle will not only entertain visitors but help them get a real sense of this fascinating period of history.”

The musical entertainment at Rothesay Castle on 23rd and 24th August is included in the admission to the castle.  Tickets are priced: adult £4.20, child £2.50, concession £3.40 and free to Historic Scotland members.



  • Rothesay Castle is in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.  Ferry from Wemys Bay on th A78. Postcode PA20 0DA, Tel; 01700 502691.

  • Rothesay Castle is just one of 345 outstanding heritage properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland.  Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings, these include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country. Among the most popular are Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and the Border Abbeys.  For further details of all of Historic Scotland’s sites visit:

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • For further details of The Galloway Consort, visit

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