"We absolutely loved every second of it - each of us was in tears at some stage ...the singers were wonderful, not just the voices, the whole ambience, the acting, the humour - and mixing with the musicians during break time and being able to thank them properly for the joy they gave us... I know the word enchanted is a bit overused but that's how we felt. 
You had us laughing out loud just about every single time. I still feel elated thinking back. So the evening was an absolute 11/10!"

Judith MacNeil, audience member 24/6/17

"a superb evening, ...loads of congratulatory comments, with special reference to the performance of all the singers and musicians, and of course, excellent compèring and brilliant guest solo spot ....almost as if it was all a dream. THE PERFECT CONCERT.....the smiling faces as our audience left the premises having thoroughly enjoyed the evening's entertainment."

committee member, Garnethill Synagogue, 26/3/17

"Scotland’s oldest functioning synagogue was transformed into a candlelit concert hall on Sunday night. Garnethill Synagogue hosted ‘A Night at the Opera,’ attended by a sell-out audience of 300 people.
Opera singers Emily Mitchell, Christine Sjolander, Adam Magee and Douglas Nairne with the Classical Musicians Scotland Orchestra accompanied on keyboard, and conducted by Oliver Rundell, performed a programme of popular arias. The concert was produced and presented by Daisy Henderson, and harpist Charlotte Sager performed before the concert and at the interval.
“In the unique setting of Garnethill the concert was an outstanding success in an incredible candlelit atmosphere,” Martin (Langman) said. It was a wonderful programme of opera classics, performed by superb singers and orchestra. The fabulous selection from well-known operas was rapturously received. The committee is now facing the challenge of “top that!’ "

Jewish Telegraph, 29/3/16

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!  Our next event in Garnethill will be at 7.45pm on Sunday 25 March 2018 – a programme of opera/operetta with a few additional popular pieces.

Edinburgh Synagogue has also asked us to present an extravagant opera evening at 7.30pm on Sunday 18 March 2018. Tickets are available from Ticketline. The Classical Musicians Scotland orchestra will 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. A chance to enjoy wonderful music in an unusual setting, not often open to the public.

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 orchestra with  soprano Emily Mitchell, mezzo Christine Sjölander, tenor Roger Paterson and baritone Andrew McTaggart, musical director   Susannah Wapshott and the Master of Ceremonies was Daisy Henderson, Director of Classical Musicians Scotland. Tickets included a “nibbles and bubbles” interval.

7.30pm, Saturday 26 August 2017 in New Kilpatrick Church, 28 Kirk Place, Bearsden, G61 3RT. The orchestra was McOPERA with soprano Catriona Clark, mezzo Christine Sjölander, tenor Roger Paterson and baritone Andrew McTaggart. The conductor was Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark and the Master of Ceremonies, Daisy Henderson, Director of Classical Musicians Scotland. Tickets £30 included a “nibbles and bubbles” interval.

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.

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