Sun 11 Sept 2.30pm & 5.00pm
Music CoOPERAtive Scotland
2 Performances | Duration approx. 90 mins each
Voice of God
Pupils of Dunbar primary and grammar schools with the community of Dunbar
£5 tickets for children and students in full time education
Credit: Noah's Ark by Dorin Coltofeanu courtesy of Wiki Commons
Since its 1958 premiere Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde has become the best-loved of all community operas combining amateur and professional musicians, children and adults in an entertaining and compelling music-drama.
Britten based it on a mediaeval Mystery Play from Chester, a re-telling of the biblical story of Noah and his Ark originally written and performed by local townsfolk.
Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland combine with local artists, pupils from Dunbar schools and the wider community to recreate Noye’s Fludde as a parable for today, contrasting the perils of mass consumerism with the rainbow promise of a more sustainable future.
A large and colourful cast of animals and birds joins a terrific cast led by international opera star Donald Maxwell as the voice of God. With distinguished conductor Sian Edwards at the helm of more than 100 performers this timeless masterwork with Britten’s richly inventive score is set to be a festival highlight.
"An unforgettable experience... extraordinarily beautiful, vivid and charming, and often deeply moving."
Opera magazine on the 1958 premiere
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.