The Maiden Stone

Friday 5 September 2014 & Saturday 6 September 2014

1pm & 3pm

Bennachie (starting at Bennachie Visitor Centre)

Admission Charge: £5.50, under 26 free of charge (tickets from Aberdeen Box Office)

The Maiden Stone is an opera composed by Joe Stollery based on the legend of the Maiden Stone with words by Aberdeen poet Catriona Yule. Legend has it that a stranger (the Devil) disguised as a man (Dirk) asks for the hand of a maiden (Marn) in marriage. The maiden challenges the stranger to build a path to the top of Bennachie before she finishes baking a batch of bannocks... but who will win? Bannocks and boulders come alive and are played by local schoolchildren who have been working hard with Margaret Hearne on movement/dance and Pete Stollery, Joe's father, on the music. Aberdeen-born soprano Jillian Bain Christie will play Marn and Colin Brockie from Ellon will play Dirk/Devil and they will be accompanied by a string quartet, flute and percussion.

The performance involves walking to a number of locations on the lower slopes of Bennachie where there is wheelchair access.

Listen to Joe Stollery and Catriona Yule on the Literature Show archive, talking about this project on 1 March 2014.

Promoted by Sound Festival.

Event made possible through crowdfunding and a number of individual contributions.

Part of New Words 2014.

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