As a lover of music, I am sure Sir William Arrol would have been fascinated to learn that Scottish Opera are going to be performing at the Titan Crane in Clydebank on 30th June and 1st July. In rare moments of leisure time at Seafield House he loved to listen to music on his gramophone or sometimes host live performances in the drawing room. When Sir William Arrol & Company finished building the Titan Crane in 1907 the site was very much an industrial working shipyard and the last place you would expect to find the opera. John Brown’s shipyard has long since closed down and instead of lifting heavy equipment the giant cantilever crane, now one of only 4 remaining on the Clyde, functions as a tourist attraction.
It is not so surprising then that Scottish Opera have chosen this as one of the sites on their Pop-up Opera tour of Scotland. Each show provides a 25 snippet of an opera, performed in a specially adapted trailer.
There are 3 operas to choose from:
- A Little Bit of Northern Light
- A Little Bit of Mikado
- A Little Bit of Figaro
There still seem to be a few tickets available but they may be snapped up soon. Ticket price is just £5 and includes a trip up the crane, where you can appreciate the mastery of Arrol’s work.
Details of the performances and booking can be found on Scottish Opera’s Pop-up Opera webpage.
Find out more about visiting the Titan Crane.