Arbroath2020+ 1 Festival Concert at Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath 2020 Festival celebrations moved to 2021 to celebrate 700+1 anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath

Following recent developments regarding COVID-19 and updated Scottish Government advice regarding events over 500 people, the Arbroath 2020 committee in conjunction with partners VisitScotland and Historic Environment Scotland have decided to postpone all of the Arbroath 2020 Festival core programme events until April 2021.

Postponed until Summer 2021
Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath 2020 Festival are delighted to commission a new choral work by renowned composer Paul Mealor.  Mealor, voted ‘The nation’s favourite composer’ and internationally-renowned poet Grahame Davies have written this spectacular new work. ‘Of Light Breaking’ celebrates the beautiful and varied landscape of Angus and will be sung by 200 voices, drawn from Angus choirs. We hope to reschedule a very special premiere of this work for summer 2021, the chorus of Angus voices will be accompanied by the internationally celebrated Arbroath Instrumental Band.

‘Of Light Breaking’ has been composed specially to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.  This new work by Paul Mealor and libretto written by poet Grahame Davies. ‘Of Light Breaking’ is a beautiful poetic piece that brilliantly weaves in the many pictures of the local landscape from the source of the Angus Rivers to the sea with the point in history that we are celebrating.

The composition will be learnt and rehearsed by many choirs of Angus from spring 2021. Coming together to sing in the spectacular evocative and resounding space of the Abbey.

Accompanied by Arbroath Instrumental Band, a highly regarded band that has travelled internationally, Paul Mealor is delighted to compose for them and says how authentic it is that a celebration of a medieval document is accompanied by instruments similar to those that would have been used at the time.

If you would like to get involved with this project as a local singer then please get in touch through our contact details. We will signpost you to a choir that is taking part near you.

The new choral work will go on tour and will be sung around interesting, historic and extraordinary locations in Angus throughout summer 2020. Each recital will be made up of different voices and be unique to the setting where it is sung.  Many different types of events with the same piece of music that takes Angus and its wonderful landscapes as its inspiration.

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