April 2017 – Milngavie Tales & Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale

The Tales Project: Concert on Friday April 21st, with community Pop-up Performances on Monday April 17th









April 21st 2017

Part of the Milngavie Music Club International Concert Series

Cairns Church, Milngavie, G62 8AW



Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale


Milngavie Tales, by Peter Kemp

McOpera Ensemble, with conductor Sian Edwards

Film by Roddy Simpson and Derek Gray

East Dunbartonshire Children’s Chorus and Youth Choir



Stravinsky’s iconic music theatre piece A Soldier’s Tale is a timeless parable about a fiddle-playing soldier who meets the devil and trades his violin for untold wealth. In its original concert version and narrated by Flora Munro, this performance is presented with a commissioned film by Edinburgh-based director Roddy Simpson with art work by local artist Derek Gray.

Renowned conductor and former Music Director of English National Opera, Sian Edwards will conduct the Stravinsky with 7 musicians from the McOpera Ensemble, whose players come from the orchestra of Scottish Opera.


In the first half, McOpera presents a new commission by composer Peter Kemp for children’s voices and instrumental ensemble.

Set on the Antonine Wall on the day before the Roman soldiers withdraw from Scotland, a Roman Legionary and a local auxiliary soldier discuss the week’s events when the three ‘Auld Wives’ of local folklore ask for passage through the wall. They have nothing to trade but their tales – the tales of Milngavie’s future.



Performed by the East Dunbartonshire Children’s Chorus and Youth Choir, and accompanied by the McOpera Ensemble, the work is presented alongside film using both images taken by members of the Milngavie and Bearsden Camera Club and contemporary archive footage sourced by the Milngavie Heritage Centre.


Tickets from The Iron Chef, Milngavie or on the door

Tickets £12, school children free



McOpera Ensemble:

Tony Moffat: violin

Tom Berry: double bass

Lawrence Gill: clarinet

Janet Bloxwich: bassoon

Mark O’Keeffe: trumpet / cornet

Arlene Macfarlane : trombone

Ruari Donaldson: percussion


Sue Baxendale: Producer



















April 17th 2017 (Easter Monday)

Join in the wider community Tales’ Project, the young singers from East Dunbartonshire Children’s Chorus and Youth Choir will tour to featured sites across East Dunbartonshire on Easter Monday with short piano-accompanied ‘pop-up’ performances of each tale


Billington’s Coffee House, Milton of Campsie at 11.20am: the site of Vicenzo Lunardi’s Balloon Landing on December 5th 1785



Waitrose (Milngavie) at 12pm: with Antoninus Pius’ garden plus the site of the last resting place of George Bennie’s iconic Railplane



Mugdock Country Park, Bandstand at 2.30pm: full pop-up performance, with Ranger-led talk about Charlie the Elephant, the ‘star’ of Craigend Zoo




This project is supported by Waitrose (John Lewis Partnership “Music Matters” scheme) East Dunbartonshire Arts CouncilAllander TravelMugdock Country Park and Enterprise Music Scotland.








For further information, please contact:

Sue Baxendale

Project Manager (Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland / McOpera Outreach)

Email: suebaxendale.mcopera.com@gmail.com

Tel: 07791 332420