Culross Festival Sets the Stage for Music Lovers

Culross Musical & Arts Festival is delighted to present the following events on the weekend of Friday, 4 to Sunday, 6 June 2010.

Eddi Reader raises the curtain when she takes to the stage on Friday evening at 7.30pm supported by The Deal and Alex Hynes. Well known and much loved for her unique voice and interpretation of Burns’ songs, the former Fairground Attraction member is now well established as an attraction in her own right.

Opera Novella is described as the most dynamic and exciting opera company in the industry today. Accompanied by their own chamber orchestra, they will perfom Carmen on Saturday afternoon. A story of jealousy and desire, Carmen tells the tale of forbidden passion between a young soldier and a fiery gypsy girl. Bizet’s enduring classic features some of opera’s most popular and beloved melodies.

Mozart’s enchanting Cosi fan tutte is brought to audiences on Sunday by Opera Project. Fresh from Salisbury’s International Arts Festival, and enjoying their seventeenth season, this performance will live up to a well deserved reputation as “one of the best small-scale touring companies in Britain” (New York Times). Opera Project made their debut with Cosi fan tutte in 1993 and their performance earned them the review; “It was compelling enough to entrance my nine-year old from start to finish”.

A Fife gem, Culross is a stunning heritage village unique in offering residents and visitors professional, open air, opera at a very competitive price. Culross Music & Arts Festival has staged its events every summer in the gardens of Lord Bruce’s Abbey House since 1996. On opera performance days, the grounds are open from 2.00pm to allow for picnics to take place prior to the productions beginning at 4.00pm. Operaction is a special performance to introduce the operas and takes place on Sunday, 23 May in Culross Abbey Church at 3.30pm.

Lord Bruce said, “I am delighted to be hosting this prestigious festival in the grounds of Abbey House, once again.”

Dorothy Browse, Service Manager, Libraries, Arts & Museums said: “Fife Council’s investment in Culross Festival recognises its importance as a key event in this special year of culture. Celebrating Fife 2010 showcases Fife's unique environment, cultural identity and lifestyle activities. The programme of events and opportunities is ambitious, and aims to raise awareness of Fife's heritage and its hidden cultural gems. There is something here for everyone and we know that visitors will take away vibrant images and strong memories of the Kingdom.”

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Notes to Editors:

• The events are held outdoors with seating available and guide dogs only allowed in the garden.

• Ample parking is available adjacent to Abbey House.

• Bar facilities will be provided.

• Tickets for Eddi Reader and her supporting acts are £20.00.

• Opera tickets are £25.00 each or a double opera ticket for £40.00.

• Operaction tickets cost £5.00 or are free with the double opera £40.00 ticket.

• Tickets for all June events are now available from the Box Office on 01592 611 101 or 01383 602 302 or please book online at www.culrossfestival.com

• Keavil House Hotel is offering a special Culross Festival accommodation break including picnic hampers. Contact 01383 736 258 or email reservations@keavilhouse.co.uk

• Celebrating Fife 2010 is an ambitious year long programme of events co-ordinated by Fife Council. For more information on events or funding, visit www.fifedirect.gov.uk/2010 or call Celebrating Fife on 01592 583 583.

Media Contact – Ann Macdonald, 01383 880 349  or  07974 691 366

www.culrossfestival.com

Contact: Frances Chisholm
Phone: 08451 555 555 Ext 44 26 89
Email: frances.chisholm@fife.gov.uk
Website: http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/2010