An Cadal Trom – A Community Opera

Lammermuir Festival Commission world premiere

Sat 22 Sept 2pm & 4.30pm

Duration approx. 1 hour


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£15 (£5 children and young people under 18)

Credit: Colin Wright Photography

Over 150 performers from Dunbar and the surrounding area join a cast of professional soloists and instrumentalists to present the premiere performance of An Cadal Trom, an operatic celebration of the journey of the people of this unique area through history and folklore.

Taking its title from an old Gaelic song meaning A Deep Sleep, it is rooted in the rich and wondrous stories which run through Dunbar’s own history. An Cadal Trom follows the interactions of two central characters whose story of love and rejection is woven throughout time, travelling through a kaleidoscopic musical landscape filled with pilgrims, invaders, visionaries and local townsfolk.

Critically acclaimed Scottish-Gabonese composer Matthew Rooke’s music celebrates the diversity of our musical life today, embracing classical, folk and traditional forms we well as wider world music influences. With distinguished conductor Sian Edwards at the helm and directed by Shadwell Opera’s Jack Furness this is a really thrilling festival project.

'It was an astonishing achievement... Lammermuir's Noye's Fludde worked brilliantly... as a piece of musical theatre... it was the kids that carried the show - brilliantly believable performances in lead roles... there can have been barely a dry eye in the house.'

The Scotsman *****

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Dunbar Parish Church

Dunbar Parish Church, Gillespie Graham's grand red sandstone gothic church of 1821 stands proudly looking out to sea.

Damaged by fire in 1987, its spacious interior was restored with a colourful mix of ancient and modern features including an elaborate early 17th Century monument to the Earl of Dunbar and some fine 1990 stained glass by Shona McInnes and Douglas Hogg.

Dunbar Parish Church