The festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. We are blessed by its setting, along the wonderful coastline of East Lothian with its rich heritage, strong sense of community and creative spirit. The festival is run entirely by volunteers and could not have happened without the hundreds of people who have helped from the start in 2006. Cockenzie Power Station has always been a strong supporter of the festival. The station has hosted popular large-scale mixed media exhibitions including artists of international stature such as Sandy Moffat, Richard DeMarco, Calum Colvin, Will Maclean and Wei Luan. The illumination of the iconic chimneys was a festival highlight in 2008 when internationally acclaimed violinist, Tasmin Little played to the chimneys on our opening night. We are pleased that Tasmin will be returning to the festival to bid farewell to the chimneys which will be demolished later this year. Tasmin’s farewell concert will be in the beautiful surroundings of Chalmers Church in Port Seton.
Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent, in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall. Her multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, masterclasses, workshops and community outreach work. Tasmin’s discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire and she has given numerous World Premiere performances including concerti by Willem Jeths, Robin de Raaf, Stuart MacRae, Robert Saxton and Dominic Muldowney. Her recording of the Britten Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic, released in May 2013, received lavish critical praise – “one of the finest (versions) committed to disc”, “a rapturous disc”, “an incandescent commitment to the work”, “her virtuosity is breathtaking”. In 2008 Tasmin launched her project, The Naked Violin, aimed at breaking down barriers to classical music by releasing a free CD for download on her website, and performing within communities where music is rarely heard. Tasmin visited the 3 Harbours Arts Festival that year, playing to the chimneys as well as performing for young East Lothian musicians in a teepee on the Power Station site. Tasmin returns to the festival with her Naked Violin Presentation including Bach Chaconne and Ysaye Ballade in her programme. She plays a 1757 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin and the concert will be held in Chalmers Memorial Church.
SCOTTISH OPERA POP UP ROADSHOW
We are delighted that The Pop-Up Opera Roadshow from Scottish Opera brings three pop-up operas to Port Seton Harbour. ‘A Little Bit of Carmen’ and ‘A Little Bit of Barber’ are cleverly re-written versions of the full operas, while Puffy MacPuffer & The Crabbit Canals has been specifically created for 5 to 8 year olds. Performed by two singers, storyteller and instrumentalists, each show gives a fantastic introduction to opera. These are free performances (booking recommended) staged in Scottish Opera’s Theatre Royal Community Trailer; a specially converted scenery truck that has been designed to reflect the interior of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow.
Ana Filogonio is a Brazilian mezzo soprano who started to sing in a choir when she was 13 years old, together with her two sisters. Since then Ana has sung in different choirs in her native city Belo Horizonte – Brazil and choirs in Edinburgh. Ana works as a care worker at Harlawhill Day Care Centre in Prestonpans where she not only looks after the clients but also entertains them, with her beautiful voice and charisma. With their support and encouragement Ana recorded a CD called JUST to raise money for the day care centre. In 2013, Ana was one of the finalists of Edinburgh Has Talent, which gave her the opportunity to perform to a full house of the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. In 2015 Ana sang at the official launch of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry in the Prestonpans Community Centre during festival and again for the tapestry launch at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. She will entertain her audience with a selection of songs from operas and musicals as well as some Scottish and Brazilian favourites in the Cockenzie Old Parish Church.
THE DOMESTICS @ SAM’S BURNS YARD
In the true spirit of the 3 Harbours Arts Festival, local scrapyard, Samuel Burns & Co. will host a creative happening orchestrated by local band, The Domestics. Their unique mix of eclectic alt-country music comes together with poetry by John Lindsay – the ‘Mad Laird of Morvern’ and an art experience by Laura Young. All of this surrounded by unwanted goods or soon to be found treasures, is a wonderful event not to be missed.
MILL GIRLS TOUR
Weaving Musical Threads presents Mill Girls on Tour, a tribute to the working women known as ‘the Mill Girls’ who worked in Paisley’s threadmills in the 19th and 20th centuries.
JOHN BELLANY PAINTNGS, MURALFEST and much more.
As always there is a strong community involvement in the festival, with primary schools and Preston Lodge High School creating pieces that can be found all around the festival. A United Festival Open Air Service brings together three churches in Cockenzie and Port Seton, and the Coastal Regeneration Alliance presents a ‘Community inspired Vision’ for the Cockenzie Power Station site. Of course, visual art is at the core of the festival and every year we welcome a range of artists from professional to amateur. Chalmers Memorial Church Hall, Cockenzie Methodist Church, Cockenzie Business Centre and The Prestoungrange Gothenburg will be showcasing the largest mixed media exhibitions but also treat yourself to a stroll around the many smaller venues such as the Open Houses and studios as well as local art gallery, The Harbour Gallery with its collection of John Bellany paintings, and the Mural Festival in Cuthill Park. Meet the artists and soak up the festival atmosphere at your leisure.