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Celebrating the talents of the community, and all the benefits that brings, it was an astonishing achievement *****

The Scotsman

Teeming and seething, percussive, restless and evocative...focused and atmospheric playing from the musicians of Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland

The Guardian

Flexible Ensemble (variable number of performers)


  • McOpera Musicians and Creatives - All Acoustic Instruments Plus Voice
  • Sue Baxendale - Project Manager
  • Moira Morrison - Vocal Animateur and Composer
  • Peter Kemp - Composer and Workshop Leader
  • Katie Hull - Violin


Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale with animated film, for septet or trio and narrator

Opera Winds - programme of music for wind octet (Mozart, Beethoven, Ruth Gipps, Carpenter)

Scottish Opera Brass - Koetsier Kinderzirkus; Plog Songs of War and Loss; Malcolm Arnold Quintet

"A Song for..." Britten Friday Afternoons, Wallen MAP: Songs for Children Everywhere; Capriol Suite, ST Paul's Suite, Bridge Idyll

McOpera Strings & voice - Britten Simple Symphony; Handel Overtures and Arias; Barber Dover Beach

The Three Billy Goats Gruff - for wind trio and narrator (for nursery and early primary ages)

All types of ensembles available, fees negotiable


McOpera Ensembles and McOpera Outreach are a flexible ensemble offering both standalone concerts and outreach projects for chamber music societies.

Recent activity ranges from chamber music recitals and concerts (Music at St. Cyprian's, Lockerbie Music Society, Linlithgow Arts Guild), orchestral and choral performances (Bearsden Choir, Glasgow City Halls, Strathendrick Singers, Killearn Kirk) to outreach projects for schools and communities (Milngavie Music Club, Linlithgow Arts Guild, Music Nairn, Lammermuir Festival, Haddo Arts).

McOpera will work closely with all promoters to devise and deliver the performance you want and/or bespoke outreach packages for your organisation

Examples of recent activity include:

• "Let's Make an Opera" - music workshops led by composer/ workshop leader supported by professional musicians, working with primary school children to create a short ‘opera' from scratch (Linlithgow Arts Guild, Lammermuir Festival, Music Nairn, Milngavie Music Club)

• "A Song for…" - orchestrally accompanied song writing projects written by and for the local community for primary age singers, high school instrumentalists and professional musicians. This project can form part of a main concert series (Haddo Arts, Milngavie Music Club)

• "The Tales Project" - Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" , can also be paired with a commissioned piece based on local tales of heritage and history by Peter Kemp for children's chorus and professional instrumental septet (Linlithgow Arts Guild, Milngavie Music Club)

"one of the most ambitious and memorable that Milngavie Music Club has undertaken in its 75-year history...a truly extraordinary event." (Hugh MacDonald)

• Young Musicians' Performance Projects, side-by-side orchestral and chamber music concerts devised, rehearsed and performed by professionals with young musicians and/or local adult players