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The Cottier Chamber Project began as a chamber music series within Glasgow's West End Festival in 2011, expanding and developing and becoming independent for the 2015 edition. With a focus on Scottish based artists, the series is made up of hour long concerts, mostly held in a converted church designed by the influential 19th century artist, Daniel Cottier.
The programme is now made up of over 60 events, with a dance programme, jazz programme and photography exhibition included. Repertoire is a mixture of well known and unusual works, music from every period represented, along with a variety of genres and approaches.
As well as the chamber music and dance programmes, the 2015 festival will include a free lunchtime series, several new commissions, an aerial dance performance, an opera, an In Conversation session, a collaboration with a local independent cinema for a series of screenings, and a work for solo violin and puppeteer, as well as a series of late night festival club performances.
The festival takes place in Glasgow's iconic West End, with four venues (all fully accessible and within easy walking distance of each other) in use. The area, home to the city's University, is full of quirky shops, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as being handy for some of Glasgow's major museums and parks.