Project information

The Distilling Project

A collaboration between folk rock band Admiral Fallow and Classical Composer Gareth Williams with a libretto by Sian Evans.
An opera to be performed in distilleries in the six distinct distilling regions of Scotland.

September 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: NOISE, New Opera In Scotland Events

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  • Need


    The company seeks to make opera more accessible for a large number of people throughout Scotland.

    We seek to create works that reflect the lives of specific communities throughout Scotland. Through our work we want to create a repertoire of Scottish Operas.

    By crossing genres we work with musicians who might not usually work with this form of music theatre.


    We will commission a popular folk rock band to work with a classical composer to produce a work that can appeal to both regular opera fans and Admiral Fallow fans.

    We have already done extensive research amongst the community of distillers and distillery workers throughout Scotland.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create accessible opera in spaces that might be attractive to opera and non opera goers alike.


    » The commissioning and performing the opera which at the moment has the working title, The Distilling Project.

    What success will look like

    We solicit audience response through questionnaires.

    Aim 2

    We want to create a repertoire of Scottish Operas.


    » The opera will be performed in contemporary Scots reflecting the kind of language spoken in the places where it is performed.

    What success will look like

    We hope that after the first series of performances there will be a demand for future revivals. Our other operas are still being revived throughout Scotland.

    Aim 3

    Our company's aim is to work of an international standard.


    » We work with some of the best regarded singers, musicians and writers to ensure a quality of work that can be appreciated both here and abroad.

    What success will look like

    Critical acclaim in the media and the opinion of our peers will acknowledge the standards we achieve.

  • Impact


    Opera receives more public funding than any other art form. We hope that we can bring about a change in how opera is made, how it is perceived and the effect it has on society.
    The director of the company is an academic at the University of East Anglia where he is conducting an extensive Impact study about the company and its work. His research sets out to examine whether the company is in fact doing what it seeks to do; its wider social and intellectual effects.


    We have already done extensive practical research into whether the project is viable. The artist involved can certainly create work of the highest standard. We have had a Project Manager work with us on the logistics as well on the financial planning.
    All our budgets contain a 10% contingency.


    Everyone who donates to the company automatically becomes a Noisy Angel. This means they receive regular newsletters and special invite to our performances and also to showings of work-in-progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £120,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,000 Singers Rehearsal and Performers
      £20,500 Players Rehearsal and Performance
      £22,000 Project Staff Director, Designer,Stage Manager, Producer etc
      £29,000 Logistics Accomodation, Travel, etc
      £6,500 Marketing PR Publcity, Programmes,etc
      £5,000 Materials/Admin Sets,Costume, INsurance
      £6,000 Venue Costs Rehearsal and Performance Venue Costs
      £12,000 Contingency Contingency

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    company funds £8,000 Guaranteed
    Individual Donor £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will tour to numerous locations throughout Scotland. It will perform in distilleries in each of the six distinct distilling regions of Scotland:
    Highlands, Speyside, Islay, Campbelltown, Lowlands,Islands.


    The people of Scotland will benefit from our project, in particular those who work in the Distilling Industry. Roughly 41,000 people are employed in manufacturing whisky and gin in Scotland.
    We will also benefit those who make music and music theatre in Scotland.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a track record in making this kind of work and since our foundation in 2011 have been praised not only for our artist achievements but also our success in starting and financing an opera company.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Gareth Williams

    Gareth is a composer of both opera and contemporary classical music. His operas and music theatre work has won awards all over the world.

    Sian Evans

    Sian is a respected writer who works in the scriptwriting department of the University of East Anglia. She writes for theatre and television.

    Admiral Fallow

    Admiral Fallow. Louis Abbott, Phil Hague and Sarah Haynes are the core of this very successful folk/rock band. Sarah is also a independent composer.

    James Robert Carson

    JRC has directed operas and plays here and abroad for over 30 years. He is producing and directing the production.