Hansel and Gretel at the St Magnus Festival

Hansel and Gretel at the St Magnus Festival

Published: 20/06/2016

The St Magnus International Festival is well under way in Orkney, with this year’s festival marking 40 years of the midsummer arts celebration. Students from the Royal Conservatoire have been taking part in the event, performing in the opera Hansel and Gretel.

The festival takes place over ten days in Orkney and this year features a celebration of 40 years of the festival, as well as marking 25 years of Hebrides Ensemble, the 60th birthday of composer Sally Beamish, 400 years of Shakespeare and the life of Peter Maxwell Davies.

RCS musicians and vocalists travelled to Orkney to experience this world-famous music event. Led by Conductor Charles Peebles, the vocalists RCS Voices, performed in this special show which was created especially for the St Magnus Festival. The students’ reworking of the classic fairy-tale forms part of their residence for the year.

We would like to thank Orkney-based solicitors, Lows Orkney for their support which helped to fund our visit to this special festival.

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