Catriona and the Dragon - Lammermuir Festival 2023 Community Opera

The Lammermuir Festival's community opera Catriona and the Dragon wowed 500 audience members at two performances at Dunbar Parish Church, East Lothian on  Wednesday 5 April.

'A timely tale of self-determination, responsibility and eco-awareness . . .What a treat it was, for the hordes of performers packed into every available space . . . and for the friends, family and other audience members who’d flocked to see them . . . it generated a warm glow of satisfaction.'
David Kettle, The Scotsman ****

'The county and Lammermuir Festival, can be justly proud of its talented people, making such a vibrant show in this terrific venue.'
Keith Bruce, Vox Carnyx

Catriona and the Dragon was our third community opera and followed on from the success of Noye's Fludde in 2016, An Cadal Trom in 2018 and An Anthem for East Lothian, a community music gathering at St Mary's in Haddington in 2022.

The opera was co-produced by Music CoOPERAtive who brought together a professional team of creatives, instrumentalists and singers with a large cast of community performers, young musicians from the East Lothian Instrumental Music Service, local youth choir Dunbar Voices and young people from the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Edinburgh College.


A Lammermuir Festival & Music CoOPERAtive Scotland production.

What the press said

‘Flood family opera deserves a deluge of applause . . . celebrating the talents of the community and all the benefits it brings it was an astonishing achievement . . .’

The Scotsman *****
on Noye's Fludde

‘A remarkable experience . . . the assembled forces, including the audience, gave a true community performance, with rousing singing from all . . . all children everywhere should be able to take part in such an event.’

Opera Scotland
on Noye's Fludde

‘. . . it was best to sit back and wonder at the sheer spectacle of it all, and the logistical feat of gathering and rehearsing the gargantuan band of performers, amateurs and professionals alike.’

The Artsdesk
on An Cadal Trom

‘The most exciting thing about it was watching the cast beaming with pride at the joy of their collective endeavour. Things like that might prove to be the festival’s biggest legacy.’

The Times
on An Cadel Trom