The Walk From The Garden – Rehearsals

February 1, 2015 — 38 Comments


The rehearsals for the Scottish Opera Connect production of “The Walk from the Garden” are gathering pace.  Glen Cunningham (Adam) and I were there this afternoon.

Scottish Opera through their strong community links have developed a great education programme that sets out to introduce the beauty and artistry of opera to a wider and younger audience. These include visiting schools with touring productions aimed at primary aged children, their “Opera Unwrapped” events providing a sneaky peak into the world behind the scenes of an opera production and finally Scottish Opera’s Connect Company for aspiring 14 to 21 year olds helping through workshops and coaching sessions to improve performing skills and develop a love of this wonderful art form.


Scottish Opera Head Quaters

Our rehearsals today were in the impressive headquarters for the Scottish Opera in Glasgow which was originally owned by the Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders and the beautiful stained glass windows around the building have a strong maritime theme.


The Lusitania Window In The Rankine Hall



The Rehearsal Room


I’m enjoying every minute of the preparation and as April approaches and the performance dates get closer my excitement surrounding the production grows.  There are two operas being presented in the same program, “The Walk From The Garden” and “Dr Ferret’s Bad Medicine Roadshow”.  This will be the third full production of Jonathan Dove’s opera “The Walk from the Garden” since it was first commissioned by Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival.

To see the production listed in the Scottish Opera “What’s On” list is quite a thrill.  There are to be three performances, two on Saturday 18th April at 15:30 pm and 19:00 pm and one on Sunday 19th April at 15:30 pm.  Tickets are available through the Scottish Opera website.

I cannot believe that the auditions were back in September 2014 as the time has just flown by and there are ten weeks to go which seems like a long time away but I’m sure it will be here in a flash.

38 responses to The Walk From The Garden – Rehearsals


    Great ! Very nice place , and very nice work ! All the best for you and Opera !!

    Barbara Paterson February 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    You seem to be having a great time up scotland but you are also working very hard to get to where you want to be you put a lot of hard work into it me & tony are comiing up to Tarland in july xx


      I had to look Tarland up that’s a long drive for you, if you take a pit stop in Glasgow give me a shout although it depends when in July as I might be home then.

      Best wishes


    Wow what a stunning looking building – another reason to enjoy what you are doing.


      They do have some very impressive buildings in Glasgow. I’m very appreciative of all the help and assistance we’re being given by Scottish Opera because neither of us has done anything so big before.

      Best wishes


    You sound like you’re loving it and that’s great.


    Wish you well ~


    Very interesting! It sounds like you are having a good time and break a leg (is that correct for a musical performance) with your performances!


      Thank you Noelle. In the opera world they use “Toi,Toi,Toi” (pronounced toy toy toy), someone once told me that ‘break a leg’ in this saying means I hope you have to bow a lot after the performance so it’s all good. I absolutely loved your blog post about your moths/larvae in ‘Silence of the Lambs’.

      Best wishes


    I always loved the rehearsals as much as the performance. That stage where everyone starts to work together and the piece of music takes on a life of its own is so exciting. Enjoy every minute of this experience! Best wishes to you Charlotte!


    Do you need more sessions before the day?


    What a lovely building! I think beautiful spaces inspire us. Best of luck with the rehearsals and performance.


    I am really looking forward to seeing you perform in April, got my ticket! Can’t wait. Enjoy the experience Charlotte I know you’ll be great xxx


    An exciting project! Of course, if you want a complete sell-out of tickets, perhaps you should adopt the (pre-fall) period costumes! 🙂


      Hahaha 🙂 the first thing my parents asked was you are going to be wearing clothes aren’t you? To be honest I don’t know what I’m wearing but it’s a family show ;).

      Best wishes


    Charlotte, I love your vitality and energy for everything you do. Your excitement is catching, whoopee cannot wait to see your performance on the 18th.xx😉


    This is so exciting! Thanks for taking us along for the ride.


    Congratulations, again. I am happy for you. 🙂


    I am so excited for you. I did take a quick look at my diary, but there is no way we can get that far North just then. I will be patient.


    It’s wonderful that you’re going to be in this production! Such a star!


    Enjoy your young years, they fly by. Great photo of you.


      I’m really enjoying myself, making the most of every moment 😊. Glad you like my moody look, do you know how hard it is not to smile when you’ve been trained all your life to 😄😬 he he.
      Best wishes

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