An Cadal Trom – A Community Opera

Dunbar Parish Church, Dunbar

Sat 22 Sept 2pm & 4.30pm

Duration approx. 1 hour


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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 *****

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


Dunbar Parish Church
EH42 1LB

Getting there by bus

Services to Dunbar via Edinburgh, Haddington and North Berwick and Berwick upon Tweed. All stop at Dunbar High Street. Walk to the end of the High Street and take the left fork. Church on your right.

Getting there by train

Dunbar Station is on the east coast mainline and has frequent trains running through the station.
Timetables can be found at
Exit the station, at the top of the road turn right. Turn right again and you will see the church ahead of you.

Getting there by car

Follow the A1 until you reach the Spott roundabout. Take the exit for Dunbar. Follow the road to T-Junction. Take the left at this junction and the church is on your left. 30 miles from Edinburgh.



There is free car parking around the town.

There are 3 designated but unreserved spaces within church grounds for Blue Badge holders. Please email to book one of these spaces, subject to availability, first come first served.



Induction Loop:

Ladies and gents on ground (one adapted toilet) and first floors.

Wheelchair Access:

Sloped tarmac path to church. Level access into venue.

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