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About Bute Arts Society

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About Us / Who We Are

The Trustees of BAS (Bute Arts Society) are a group Arts Enthusiasts who have promoted in the main Classical Music on Bute for over 50 years but now diversifying into other spheres.

We are a registered Charity and currently we have the use of the Rothesay Pavilion Piano which is stored in Trintiy Church and maintained by BAS - Bute Arts Society and used by us for our concerts. We currently promote nine concerts per year in the Church and our larger Gala Opera performance takes place in the Main Hll of Rothesay Joint Campus.

We are a registered Scottish Charity with a Constitution and are happy to provide further information as per the guidelines of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

BAS is indebted to our many sponsors, funders and concertgoers for their continuing support and for making quality music available on Bute.

Young People get in Free for BAS events!
We are proud that we are able to invite all young people on the island to attend our concerts without charge.

Funders, Sponsors & Advertisers

Thank you to the following in assisting in making the Arts available to All on Bute:

Rothesay Common Good Fund - through Argyll & Bute Council, for the funding of the new Web site.

Sponsors Individually by Events
The support of the generous Bute businesses below allows Bute Arts Society to replace funding from Trusts which previously supported the concert season. In particular we are indebted to Bute Island Foods Community Fund for making possible the Opera performances. The Ardyne & St Ebba Hotels for accommodation. The ‘For Bute’ charity initiative for the Sponsorship of our Season concerts for the last two years.

And of course Bute Arts Society Patrons & Friends!

Financial Assistance is acknowledged from:

Bute Arts Society

Specific Event Assistance:

May 2022 - Gala Concert Sponsors:
Ballianlay Choir, Bute Arts Society Friends, Glasgow Phoenix Choir, Jolomo - Dr John Lowrie Morrison OBE, Print Point and a generous Anonymous local Sponsor

August 2022 - Opera Bohemia Gala:
The ‘Marriage of Figaro’ opera performance was made possible through the support of Bute Island Foods Community Fund

Season 2022/23 - the 9 Winter Season Concerts:
The nine monthly winter season concerts are supported by the Bute Island Charity ‘For Bute’

Season 2022/23 & 2023/24 - Programme Advertisers:

Brechin’s Restaurant, Bussey’s Carpets & Beds, Butterflies of Bute, Bute Signs & Graphics, The Castle Gallery, the Dressing Room, W & J Duncan Garage, Island Treasures/Afro-Celt Art, Flowers by Janine, John Murray Plumbing & Heating, Just Menswear, MacQueens of Rothesay Butchers, Gerry McGuigan Joiners Glaziers & Builders, Carol Nunan Printmaker, Print Point, Rothesay Motor Services, Ruth Slater Artist, Michael Sweeney Plumbing.


Business Advertisers The Support of the businesses listed above allows Bute Arts Society to provide informative Programmes at all concerts & events.

Patrons & Friends

The Patrons of Bute Arts Society are a group of Private Individuals who support the Arts on Bute. Benefits include invitations to receptions and special events. Patrons are listed in the concert Programmes. Funds support special Gala performances and larger events. Join at any time by contacting the Secretary. Membership is open to all and is £50 minimum annually.

The Friends of Bute Arts Society are a group of Private Individuals who are supporters of the Society. Membership is open to all and is £10 annually.

Joining as a Friend allows us to show that we have support when making funding applications.

To join contact the Secretary. Your name will be published in the concert programmes unless advised anonymous.


SINGLE TICKETS - On Line or at the Door at Concert

Tickets for All Performances for the 2023/2024 Season can now be purchased in advance using the ‘WeGotTickets’ site who add a modest administrative charge to their Tickets. Buy tickets for our future events.

Alternatively go to their web site and then use the search facility, inserting in the venue or Town of your performance and purchase from there. There will always be be Tickets available at the Door but for the moment we can only take Cash payments. We are working on Credit Card payments at the venue for future concerts.


Get a season ticket for a £17.50 saving across the season

Season Ticket holders assist the Society in planning for future concerts. They currently attract a £22.50 saving on the normal ticket pice and are available from the start of the Season purchased either before by email to the Secretary and usually available at the first three concerts. If unable to attend, you may transfer your ticket to family and friends.

Media & Print


The Bute Arts Society Web site is administered by Wright Designer.


The Facebook site is administered by Uta Close. Contact - Uta by email here

Programmes & Brochures

Programmes are designed by the Secretary. Contact John by email here


All Bute Arts Society Print is undertaken by Print Point Rothesay.

Bute Arts Society - Trustees

Bute Arts Society is run and organised by the following people:

Fiona Shaw
Douglas Lindsay
John Blue
Uta Close
Peter Lingard
Colin Sharp
John Lawson
Shona Prosser