ST MAGNUS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL is one of the UK's most exciting events bringing extraordinary performances to the remote and inspiring landscape of the Orkney Islands around midsummer every year. Alongside this we run courses for Composers, Conductors and Writers. They offer unique and unrivalled opportunities for composers and conductors to work with professional ensembles, to meet fellow musicians and to experience high quality performance in an intense and unforgettable experience.

Applications are open for the Orkney Writers' Course: the brochure can be downloaded here and the application form here

Applications are now closed for the 2017 St Magnus Composers' Course and the Orkney Conductors' Course. Applications for the 2018 Courses will be sought early in the New Year.

There are eight places for each course and these are highly sought after.

For more information follow the individual links.

Participants at the 2015 Composers' and Conductors' Courses following the joint concert of their work in St Magnus Cathedral.

Download work from our Writers' Course

St Magnus International Festival, 60 Victoria Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1DN

T: +44 (0)1856 871445


St Magnus Festival is a charity registered in Scotland. Scottish Charity No SC011666. Company Number SC073825.

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