Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland was created in 2012 by musicians from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and has a wide portfolio of activity ranging from bespoke recording projects, to operatic productions, orchestral performances and community outreach projects across a wide social and cultural demographic.
Recent operatic activity includes the critically acclaimed (5 star) production of Britten’s community opera Noye’s Fludde (Lammermuir Festival 2016) and the world premier of Scottish composer Erik Chisholm’s opera Simoon accompanied by live edited film by Roddy Simpson (Cottier Chamber Project 2015, and released as a live performance on Delphian label in November 2016).
“Britten’s warm-hearted monster of a masterpiece fitted beautifully in among the festival’s bold offerings….celebrating the talents of the community, and all the benefits that brings, it was an astonishing achievement… there can have been barely a dry eye in the house” - The Scotsman (September 2016) *****
“Teeming and seething, percussive, restless and evocative…” - The Guardian (“Simoon” June 2015) ****
Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland also has a thriving business portfolio with strands in the corporate sector (including promotional work for the Glenfiddich label), wedding services, and in the community (McOpera Outreach).
McOpera Outreach has a wide range of current activity from opera projects for the Early Years (Squirrel), interactive workshops for young parents and babies with in collaboration with Reeltime Music, and bespoke orchestra accompanied compositions for children’s voices (The Tales’ Project).
Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland was the recipient of the 2012 Co-operative Development Scotland Collaboration Prize, heralded by CDS as “one of the crown jewels of Scottish culture”, is Ensemble in Residence at the University of Aberdeen and hosts a regular series of concerts in its home town of Glasgow.