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Columba 1981Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)

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Kenneth Leighton, though a Yorkshireman, spent much of his career in Edinburgh, latterly as Reid Professor of Music. He was known widely for his compositions for choir and for organ, less so for opera, of which Columba is the only example. It is an ambitious three-act piece taking advantage of the composer's love of the Highlands and Islands. It even includes a walk-on part for the Loch Ness Monster.

It is always a challenge for students to take on a new piece, but here the guidance of Roderick Brydon will have been invaluable. It was also good for them to move over the road to the wider spaces of the Theatre Royal.

Cast details are from a programme in the Conservatoire archive.

Performance Cast

Finnian elderly Irish monk, Columba's teacher

Henry Lankester

Columba or Colum-cille, the 6th century Irish saint

William Mackie

Diarmit High King of Ireland

Scott Cooper

Brude King of the pagan Picts, at Inverness

Christopher Sennett

Vaan Queen of the Picts, wife of Brude

Yvonne Barclay (Jun 16, 19)

Anne Rodger (Jun 18)

Broichan Archdruid of the Picts

James Waters

Bridget Broichan's Irish slave-girl

Thora Ker (Jun 16, 19)

Anne Scott (Jun 18)

First Peasant at Loch Ness

Maurice Clarke

Second Peasant at Loch Ness

Henry Lankester

Third Peasant at Loch Ness

Scott Cooper

Fourth Peasant at Loch Ness

Graham Dickie

First Shepherd on the Island of Iona

Henry Lankester

Second Shepherd on the Island of Iona

Graham Dickie

Fechno a young monk, Columba's personal attendant on Iona

Christopher Sennett

Kenneth a young peasant on Iona

Hamish Brown

Performance DatesColumba 1981

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