Former Rothesay pupil pens children’s opera

Songwriter, producer and former Rothesay Academy pupil Megg Nicol has created the children's opera The Drummer Boy of Waterloo with David Stoll.
Songwriter, producer and former Rothesay Academy pupil Megg Nicol has created the children's opera The Drummer Boy of Waterloo with David Stoll.

A children’s opera co-written by a former Rothesay Academy pupil will receive its premiere next month.

Megg Nicol, whose 99-year-old aunt Margaret Brown still lives in the town, has worked with David Stoll on The Drummer Boy of Waterloo, which will be performed for the first time by Jubilee Opera at the famous Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall in Suffolk on November 7 and 8.

The Aldeburgh venue also hosted the first performance of renowned composer Benjamin Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream 65 years ago.

Megg said: “We treasure the links with Britten and Aldeburgh, as the premiere of Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ took place in 1960 in Jubilee Hall and to follow in those footsteps is a great honour.

“We both share and support the ethic of Jubilee Opera to bring young people together with professionals to introduce them to the world of opera.”

* Read more about the opera, and about Megg’s work, in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 29.