2021: Opera Caledonia

Public Lecture Fund: 2021 Recipient 

We awarded Opera Caledonia £150 based on this application: 

Short description of event (max. 250 words):

Opera Caledonia’s “The Music of Sir Walter Scott” presents a classical voice and piano recital featuring a programme of operatic arias taken from operas based on the novels of Sir Walter Scott. Armenian baritone Arshak Kuzikyan, whose recent engagements include performances with English Touring Opera, Grange Park Opera and at Wigmore Hall will perform alongside Derek Clark, Head of Music at Scottish Opera. Interspersed with readings from Sir Walter Scott’s novels, the programme will include arias taken from Donizetti’s “Lucia Di Lammermoor” (The Bride of Lamermoor) and Il castello di Kenilworth (Kenilworth), both Rossini and Arthur Sullivan’s Ivanhoe and Bizet’s La jolie fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth) amongst others. The evening will be an opportunity to enjoy top class music making and will highlight the incredible influence that the literature of Sir Walter Scott has had on classical composers.

How will this event meet the objectives of the club? (max. 250 words):

“The Music of Sir Walter Scott” performance will provide Opera Caledonia with the opportunity to present the works of Sir Walter Scott to a new audience, exploring his life and literary works through the music that he so heavily influenced. Many classical music audiences will not be aware of the incredible influence that Sir Walter Scott had on many of music’s greatest composers. This recital will afford us the opportunity not only to explore the life and works of Sir Walter Scott but also promote the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club and all of the fantastic events that are taking place throughout this 250th Anniversary year.  

How the funding helped:

"The Music of Sir Walter Scott", supported by the Public Lecture Fund of The Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club took place on Saturday 19th March 2022 at St. Vincent's Chapel, Edinburgh. International baritone Arshak Kuzikyan and pianist Derek Clark (former Head of Music - Scottish Opera) curated and presented a programme of both vocal and instrumental music from the Sir Walter Scott inspired works of composers including Donizetti, Bizet, Marschner and Schubert amongst others. The musical items were interspersed with readings given by Grace Durham."