Alexander McCall Smith writes libretto for musical history of Dovecot in celebration of its centenary

23 May 2012

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Alexander McCall Smith writes libretto for musical history of Dovecot in celebration of its centenary

Dovecot weaving and tapestry studio in Edinburgh is celebrating its centenary this year. Established by William Morris in 1912, the studio’s illustrious history has been brought to life through a performance of music and song in a new theatrical production ‘A Tapestry of Many Threads’.

Acclaimed author Alexander McCall Smith and composer Tom Cunningham will celebrate a century of vibrant and colourful Dovecot tapestries in the world premiere of this dramatised production, featuring some of Scotland’s most exciting young singers and musicians during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2012.

Performed on the Dovecot weaving floor, alongside the looms on which the tapestries are created, audiences will be taken on an atmospheric and often poignant journey inspired by the Studios’ world-famous tapestries via songs, music and the spoken word.

A Tapestry of Many Threads will be directed by Mark Hathaway with a company of four singers and musicians including Beth Mackay, mezzo-soprano and Andrew McTaggart, baritone. A recording of the piece will be released on Delphian Records to coincide with the performance.

Alexander McCall Smith and Tom Cunningham have previously collaborated on The Okavango Macbeth, a chamber opera which opened in Botswana in 2009 receiving its European premiere at Dovecot later that year.

Tapestry of Many Threads forms part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Art Festival.

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