Arbroath2020 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.

These postponements include: The Community Pageant Procession, the Festival Concert at Arbroath Abbey, the Making of the Pageant exhibition at Arbroath Galleries and Library, the New Scriptorium, the Town Banner Project and Medieval History Live! as well as many of the periphery events.
We will make a coordinated decision and an official announcement on Monday 16 March
regarding mass gatherings (Choral Concert and Pageant Procession) for Arbroath 2020 Festival.

Postponed until April 2021
Arbroath Abbey

Join us for the premiere of this newly commissioned choral work by renowned composer Paul Mealor. The Festival are delighted that 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 300 voices, drawn from Angus choirs. For this very special premiere, the chorus of Angus voices will be accompanied by the internationally celebrated Arbroath Instrumental Band.

As the Festival progresses into the summer of 2020, the work will be performed in wild, wonderful and special places across Angus. Programme to be announced.

Tickets are available to buy online below or in person at The Webster Memorial Theatre box office in Arbroath.

‘Of Light Breaking’ has been composed specially to commemorate Arbroath 2020 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 October 2019. 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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