Opus 8 - 'For the Islands I Sing'
5 May 2018 7:30pm
St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall
This year May brings a well-established Scottish a cappella singing group, Opus 8, to Orkney for the first time, with their specially arranged programme ‘For the Islands I sing’.
Opus 8 have been singing together for over 30 years, with some original members still a key part of the ensemble. The line-up for their Orkney trip includes Diane Ashton and Janet Stoddart (sopranos), Ros Timperley and Morna Fleming (mezzos) Karen Russell and Janine Brodie (altos), Derek Burns and Paul Gudgin (tenors), David Boggon and Robert Gardner (basses). Robert is also Musical Director. Members have diverse backgrounds; education and consultancy, through engineering to community health and law enforcement. They all love music and are committed to its enjoyment and excellence.
They also love to bring a professional edge to amateur performance and spend many a long hour around David’s dining room table, rehearsing new and established material, poring over details, and ALWAYS finishing with a welcome cuppa.
Opus 8 focus on a cappella performance, and their programme in May reflects their love of sacred and secular music, encompassing traditional madrigals, Scots and folk songs, European and local pieces.
Venues for Opus 8 performances have included churches in UK and Denmark, St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, local care homes, community arts venues, stately homes, coffee shops and gardens.
“We love to sing beautiful pieces in beautiful locations, so Orkney was a clear choice for us!”
Opus 8 will also be performing ‘For the Islands I sing’ on Sunday 6th May at 7.30pm in the Stromness Parish Church