Tuesday 5 October 2021 | 7:30 pm

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

“Creating Carmen”

Emily Andrews (mezzo-soprano and flute)
David Massey and Francisco Correa (guitars)
Alice Imelda and Niall Ashdown (actors)
Clare Norburn (writer/director)

Creating Carmen is more than a concert; it occupies the borders between a play and a concert, with 60/40 music to spoken word. It is a fully staged, costumed and professionally lit show for three musicians and two actors. The main characters are Prosper Mérimée, writer of the novella on which Bizet’s Carmen was based, and Carmen herself, as imagined by Mérimée.

Prosper Mérimée is struggling with his latest novella, when his leading character, Carmen, turns up in his study, larger than life, with a band of musicians in tow and chaos in her wake. Which one of them controls the narrative? And what happen when Carmen discovers the nasty ending Mérimée has planned for her?

A fun-filled evening of fantasy, comedy, drama, and tremendous music, researched and arranged by CarmenCo for guitars and flute/voice from Bizet’s “Carmen” and Spanish and Spanish-inspired music by Boccherini, da Falla, Garcia-Lorca, Granados, Ravel and Albeniz.

About CarmenCo

“the playing is exquisite…a delightfully warm, intimate sound.”  (Susan Elkin, Lark Reviews)

To find out more about CarmenCo, please visit https://carmenco.co.uk/


Season Tickets

  • All 10 concerts for £100

Single Tickets

  • Adult full price £15
  • Adult discounted * £7
  • Under 25s FREE

* available to members of Biggar Music or Moffat Music Society or to adults accompanying a child under 12

Buy Tickets

Tickets may be purchased from: Box Office, Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Eastgate, Peebles, EH45 8AD (Telephone 01721 725777), or online using the button above.


Music in Peebles is most grateful to The Hugh Fraser Foundation for the generous funding provided in support of our 2022/2023 season of concerts.

This concert is subsidised by Chamber Music Scotland
through funding provided by Creative Scotland.