Friday 21st April 2017, 8.00 pm in Cairns Church

McOpera Ensemble»
Leader Tony Moffat
Sian Edwards, conductor»

East Dunbartonshire Children's Chorus
and Youth Choir

Conductor Janet Lax

Milngavie Tales
A Soldier's Tale
Peter Kemp
Stravinsky, with film by Roddy Simpson and Derek Gray

Stravinsky's iconic music theatre piece A Soldier's Tale is a timeless parable about a fiddle-playing soldier who meets the devil and trades his violin for untold wealth. In its original concert version and narrated by Flora Munro, this performance is presented with a commissioned film by Edinburgh-based director Roddy Simpson with art work by local artist Derek Gray. Renowned conductor and former Music Director of English National Opera, Sian Edwards will conduct the Stravinsky with 7 musicians from the McOpera Ensemble, whose players come from the orchestra of Scottish Opera.

In the first half, McOpera presents a new commission by composer Peter Kemp for children's voices and instrumental ensemble. Set on the Antonine Wall on the day before the Roman soldiers withdraw from Scotland, a Roman Legionary and a local auxiliary soldier discuss the week's events when the three 'Auld Wives' of local folklore ask for passage through the wall. They have nothing to trade but their tales - the tales of Milngavie's future. Performed by the East Dunbartonshire Children's Chorus and Youth Choir, and accompanied by the McOpera Ensemble, the work is presented alongside film using both images taken by members of the Milngavie and Bearsden Camera Club and contemporary archive footage sourced by Milngavie Heritage Centre.

"Celebrating the talents of the community, and all the benefits that brings, it was an astonishing achievement - there can have been barely a dry eye in the house" - Britten's "Noye's Fludde" (Lammermuir Festival) The Scotsman (September 2016)

"Teeming and seething, percussive, restless and evocative - focused and atmospheric playing from the musicians of Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland" - The Guardian ("Simoon"June 2015)

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This project is supported by Waitrose, East Dunbartonshire Arts Council, Enterprise Music Scotland, Allander Travel and Mugdock Country Park.

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