Opera gala extravaganza, A Night at the Opera / four singers, eleven instruments, conductor, compère
If you would like a really special event for a unique celebration, why not consider our Opera Gala evening? You provide the space and the audience, and we provide the musicians and a full programme of classics from the world of opera with a little operetta and possibly even a smidgin of Gilbert and Sullivan thrown in.
In March 2016, Garnethill Synagogue asked us to provide a Candlelit Classics evening to help them raise funds for the upkeep of this truly unique building in Glasgow’s city centre.
We came along with a full complement of professional musicians including four singers, five strings, four woodwind, a horn player, a harpist, a conductor/pianist and a compère. Atmospheric “safe” candles were provided and a wonderful evening was had by all in a truly magical setting.
The programme of favourite operatic melodies included pieces to delight both the musical connoisseur and the less operatically minded, and homage was paid to Bizet, Delibes, Donizetti, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Saint-Saens, J Strauss and Verdi with an acknowledgement to Lehar and Gilbert and Sullivan. Each item was introduced with polish and panache, explaining which character was singing, how he/she was feeling and why, and what he/she was expressing in the music. A surprise or two may also have been in store!
It was such a successful evening, the Garnethill committe invited us back for Act II on 26 March 2017 and tickets were sold out 9 weeks in advance! This followed with another Night at the Opera at Garnethill at 7.45pm on Sunday 25 March 2018.
Edinburgh Synagogue also asked us to present an extravagant opera evening at 7.30pm on Sunday 18 March 2018. The Classical Musicians Scotland orchestra appear along with soprano Catriona Clark, mezzo Christine Sjölander, tenor Roger Paterson and baritone Douglas Nairne, and the musical director will be Jonathon Swinard, currently Scottish Opera’s Chorus Master. It was a chance to enjoy wonderful music in an unusual setting, not often open to the public, and will be repeated on 31 March 2019.
Classical Musicians Scotland hosted two similar events:
7.30pm, Saturday 24 June 2017 in the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow, at 12 Nelson Mandela Place. McOPERA , soprano Emily Mitchell, mezzo Christine Sjölander, tenor Roger Paterson, baritone Andrew McTaggart, musical director Susannah Wapshott and Master of Ceremonies Daisy Henderson, Director of Classical Musicians Scotland.
7.30pm, Saturday 26 August 2017 in New Kilpatrick Church, 28 Kirk Place, Bearsden, G61 3RT. McOPERA, soprano Catriona Clark, mezzo Christine Sjölander, tenor Roger Paterson, baritone Aidan Edwards, conductor Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark and Master of Ceremonies, Daisy Henderson, Director of Classical Musicians Scotland.
If you feel you might like to celebrate a special occasion by hosting an opera gala, please contact Daisy 0141 942 0023 for more information.
7.30pm, Sunday 31 March 2019: Edinburgh Grand Synagogue, CMS Orchestra, soprano Emily Mitchell, mezzo Christine Sjölander, tenor Roger Paterson and baritone Douglas Nairne, conducted by Alistair Digges with Master of Ceremonies, Daisy Henderson, Director of Classical Musicians Scotland.
7.30pm, Sunday 19 May 2019: Opera@theSpire, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JP, McOPERA Orchestra with soprano Catriona Clark, mezzo Christine Sjölander, tenor Roger Paterson and baritone Francis Church. The conductor will be Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark and the Master of Ceremonies, Daisy Henderson, Director of Classical Musicians Scotland.