Embargoed: December 6 00.01 - Scottish Opera’s getting involved in the Big Give Christmas Challenge to fund new children’s opera The Elephant Keepers.
The Garfield Weston Foundation has pledged to match donations up to £250,000 to be split between selected UK charities from 6 – 8 December, meaning any money given to Scottish Opera will effectively be doubled. The pledge is on a first come, first served basis over the 3 days, with donations opening at 10am each day.
Author Bernard MacLaverty and composer Gareth Williams, who collaborated previously for Scottish Opera on Five 15:Operas Made In Scotland in 2008, will create The Elephant Keepers. The opera is inspired by a true story from their native Northern Ireland about Sheila, a baby elephant at Belfast Zoo during the Blitz, who was taken home by one of her keepers each night to try to keep her safe, bedding her down in the family’s garage.
Not only will donations help fund and entirely new opera for 480 school children in communities across Scotland, all donors will be acknowledged in the finished score.
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