The first single malt and gin distillery to be built in Glasgow since 1902 is marking another first – a musical collaboration with Scottish indie band Admiral Fallow and opera company NOISE
For The Love of Craft: ‘The Distilling Project’ sees Glasgow Distillery Company team up with Admiral Fallow and NOISE for a new musical concept.
The makers of Makar Glasgow Gin are creating an opera set against the backdrop of their distillery. Working alongside composer Gareth Williams (306, Dawn, Hirda, The Sloans Project), the opera has been commissioned by New Opera In Scotland Events (NOISE).
An unusual partnership, the opera aims to unite indie music fans and opera aficionados. Based around the broad theme of distilling, Admiral Fallow and NOISE will work together to find entirely new ways for story and song to exist together in a new opera performance that will encompass two very distinct musical genres.
Liam Hughes, CEO of The Glasgow Distillery Company, explains:
“An operatic performance that pays homage to distilling? It’s not something I imagined but after a chance meeting with Gareth, we knew that we could create something that is really special. His passion for music is infectious and the partnership with the talented Admiral Fallow just works. As distillers we pride ourselves on creating the finest craft products. This new collaboration will explore distilling poetically and we’re really excited to part of this fantastic project.”
Sarah Hayes of Admiral Fallow said:
“Co-writing an opera will be a brand new experience for us. We met with Gareth and the singers Shuna Scott Sendall and Douglas Nairne last December to get the writing process started, and it was a very productive week. We’re really looking forward to collaborating further with NOISE and GDC, and seeing the opera develop over the coming year”.
The innovative opera is set to be an atmospheric and musically intricate collaboration between composer Gareth Williams (NOISE) and Admiral Fallow, with a libretto by Siãn Evans and directed by James Robert Carson (NOISE). It will premiere in The Glasgow Distillery Company in 2018.