23rd-29th  September

The Birnam Arts Centre

Dunkeld, Perthshire

Charpentier's The Descent O' Orpheus Tae The Underwarl (Scots Language translation)


We are looking for chorus members and soloists of all voice types and all levels of experience to be involved in an exciting and unique production.  The course will culminate with a fully staged production at The Birnam Arts Centre on the 29th of September 2018.


Rehearsals and sessions will be held at The Birnam Arts Centre between the 23rd and 29th of September with chorus rehearsals taking place in the evenings and weekends.


This is a unique opportunity to learn from professional musicians and singers on vocal and dramatic interpretation of opera. The production will be fully staged and costumed.


The course will be led by soprano Colleen Nicoll, tenor David Douglas and pianist Andrew Johnston.


Opera in a Scots Language translation is the brainchild of David Douglas, who had the idea to produce new Scots versions of operas in Ayrshire incorporating a mixture of community and professional singers, who learn a piece over six days in the form of a course. Opera is often perceived as an elitist art form while the Scots language is often looked down upon. These productions treat Scots language with the same care and respect as any other Language. It's a completely new experience for both the cast and audience.

This course is perfect for those wishing to try opera for the first time, as well as those with some experience, to learn in a welcoming, fun and supportive environment!!

The cost for the course will be £75 for the entire week, including music rehearsals, vocal technique sessions, singing, acting and movement sessions. This course is guaranteed to be fun and rewarding giving participants a rare opportunity to perform a new and exciting version of The opera.


If you would like to be involved in this course, please express your interest by contacting and let us know your voice type (if known) and any previous experience. Booking is also available through the Birnam Arts website

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