I’ve just returned (over the icy Clisham and through a snowstorm!) from Harris House, Tarbert, where Scottish Opera brought their Opera Highlights tour for a mini preview before the main show in the evening.
They sang four songs for our captivated audience of fifteen residents and 6 staff.
Beginning with a rousing English version of Brindisi from La Traviata, finishing with the hilarious Flanders & Swann ‘Song of the Weather’. In between, we enjoyed the Barber of Seville and the Mikado in bite-sized form.
Afterwards, the cast/singers had a chat with the residents, talking about island life as well as their own influences. Conversation flowed about memories, music, wartime, all kinds of thoughts and emotions were opened up by the music and everyone commented on the quality of the programme, the power of the voices and the entertainment value of something so different.
Thank you so much, Scottish Opera. That was an unforgettable afternoon!
Opera Highlights from the Scottish Opera is coming to Tarbert tomorrow (20th Feb 2016). You can book your tickets on that link.
Generously, the singers and pianist have kindly agreed to offer highlights of that show to the residents of Harris House, being so close to the ferry and venue.
Naturally, we are grateful and excited to hear that the ferry is running fine and that the performers are on their way! There will be pictures tomorrow evening.
The Nicolson Institute Gaelic Choir have kindly rescheduled their event that we had to postpone due to high winds a few weeks ago.
They are now very helpfully undertaking a mini tour of Stornoway care centres in the New Year, so that people don’t have to travel in winter weather and so that everyone has something to look forward to in the New Year. How thoughtful and much appreciated!
We will be enjoying songs from the National Mod.
We were treated to a beautiful session of live music from Jane Hepburn and poetry/storytelling from Ian Stephen today at An Lanntair Auditorium, all set to local image projections, which added to the mood of the occasion immensely.