Scottish Opera's Opera Highlights on Tour

An eccentrically briliant Night at the Opera in Bowmore Hall on a wet Thursday eve (19 October) with Scottish Opera's 'Opera Highlights on Tour'. A stunning performance that took full advantage of the hall's vintage acoustic.

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Excerpts from issue 44/26 14 October

Islay Book Festival 2017

Islay Book Festival would like to thank everyone who came along to their events this year. It was wonderful to see such a great turnout and to receive such a positive response after a break in 2016.
Helen Sedgwick was absolutely delighted to make her first visit to Islay and saw the Festival as the Islay launch of her latest book 'The Growing Season' which had only been available for two weeks.
"This is a fantastic festival and I was delighted to have been invited," Helen told the Ileach, as she concluded the first of several sessions in the Gaelic Centre. "I am staying on for a week after the Festival to explore the island and, as I always have my notebooks with me, I may find ideas and inspirations for future books while IÕm here," she explained.
The Festival tried a number of new things this year, for example by basing themselves at ICCI, with satellite events taking place in other parts of the island. They offered a whole range of events including a musical evening, a crime evening, a puppetry workshop, local history walks, a visit to Jura, a community poetry challenge, bookbinding and writing workshops, travelling books, and more.
There is, however, always room for improvement and the committee say they have a list of things to work on for next time. But after the recent months of hard work, coupled with the very promising feedback received from authors, schoolchildren, teachers, and attendees they say it has all been worthwhile.
The Festival paid tribute to their volunteers, who came from near and far to help, in particular the efforts of Anne Campbell, Isobel Freeman, Jo Rosser-Owen, Rhianna Jones, Dave Webster, Vanessa Fuery and Alasdair Goudie. They'd also like to thank local session hosts Lynn MacDonald McLean, Lynda Cooper, Calum Murray and patron, Lord George Robertson.
Thanks are also offered to the many local individuals and businesses who agreed to take coin boxes, who donated raffle prizes, and who helped in a number of other ways. Last but not least, they are grateful to the generosity of the sponsors, who made the Festival possible in the first place.
Here's to next year!

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The Otranto Whistle
otranto whistle

Jenni Minto provides an update to preparations for next year's WW100 commemorations on Islay:
The whistle of HMS Otranto is packed and ready to make the journey to Islay. The National Maritime Museum in Irvine, where the whistle is on permanent display, has kindly agreed to loan it to the Museum of Islay Life for the centenary commemorations next year. Standing at 235cm tall, the brass whistle along with the Tuscania bell, which is part of our own collection, will be central in our display marking the loss of the Otranto and Tuscania next year.
A massive thank you must be given to all those who have helped make this happen: everyone at the National Maritime Museum, especially their volunteers who built the crate to protect the whistle on its journey; to Mundell's for providing the transportation; and to Tim Epps for first suggesting the idea.

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A Night at the Opera

Scottish Opera's hugely popular Opera Highlights tour visits Bowmore on 19 October.
Scottish Opera's Head of Music, Derek Clark, has put together a varied programme including favourites from Rossini's Barber of Seville, Mozart's Cos“ fan tutte and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers, as well as lesser known gems rarely performed on the Scottish stage.
Opera Highlights will also feature the world premiere of a work created especially for the tour by Scottish Opera's new Emerging Artist Composer in Residence, Samuel Bordoli. With something for everyone, from opera first timers to seasoned fans, Opera Highlights promises an intimate performance of great music.

This year's cast is full of fresh new talent, including Scottish Opera Emerging Artist baritone Alexey Gusev and three recent graduates of the National Opera Studio: soprano Lucy Hall, mezzo-soprano Kate Howden and tenor William Morgan. Elizabeth Rowe accompanies the four talented young singers on piano and former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jack Furness directs.
"Touring Scotland is at the heart of what we do and Opera Highlights is the perfect show to take to smaller and more remote communities around the country, as it truly has something for everyone. We are thrilled to have Jack Furness back with us to direct this production which will travel to 17 venues in Autumn," saidÊScottish Opera's General Director, Alex Reedijk.
The cast will also be performing live in the tasting rooms in Bowmore Distillery. This will take place from 2 - 2:30pm on October 19. It can be watched live online through the BBC website

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