Tannahill The Opera

The Scots Opera Project proudly present an hour long concert version of the new opera Tannahill by Alan Fleming-Baird at Paisley Abbey on Saturday 28th September!

Tannahill The Opera

About Tannahill The Opera

The world premiere of the opera Tannahill at the historic Paisley Abbey. Music by Alan Fleming-Baird and produced and directed by renowned tenor David Douglas.

The opera is based on the life of Paisley’s weaver poet Robert Tannahill.

Robert Tannahill was born in Castle Street, Paisley, the sixth of nine children of a silkweaving family. The family later moved to 11 Queen Street in Paisley, which remains the meeting place of Paisley's Tannahill Club. He became an apprentice silkweaver at the age of 12, but in the spare time he had he extended his basic education, teaching himself to read music and write poetry.

As a fully qualified weaver Tannahill moved to work in Bolton in Lancashire, but in 1800 he returned to Paisley to support his family during the illness of his father. In 1802, Tannahill began to publish his work. Frail, and with an injured right leg, he would often write about the countryside around Paisley, and more widely, in poems such as "The Braes of Balquhidder" and "The Flower O' Leven Side". His work appeared in a number of journals, including the Scots Magazine.

In 1803, Tannahill founded a Burns Club in the Sun Tavern in Paisley's High Street. Amongst those who attended were the author James Hogg and the local poet Robert Allan.

Robert Tannahill published a collection of his work in 1807. This was successful and led to him becoming well known as the Weaver Poet. After another collection if his poems was rejected by an Edinburgh publisher, Tannahill fell into a deep depression, burning many of his manuscripts before drowning himself in a Paisley canal on 17 May 1810. In 1883 a statue of Robert Tannahill, paid for by public subscription, and by a series of concerts featuring his work, was erected near to Paisley Abbey.

The concert will be performed by three professional singers, a female community chorus and a chamber ensemble.

Cast/Creative
Tannahill - David Douglas
Jessie - Colleen Nicoll
Archibald - Colin Murray

Composer - Alan Fleming-Baird
Musical Director - Andrew Johnston
Director - David Douglas

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