an open air masque - 25'

Libretto by David Harsent

Commissioned by Music Link International

A Silkie (or Selkie): a mythological creature found in Gaelic folklore, who lives as a seal in the sea, encounters a mortal.

Premiere: 4 June 1994: Porth-en-alls festival, Cornwall

Director: Julia Hollander

Conductor: Peter Ash


Thomas Randle, Nerys Jones, Tom Hollander, Julia Watson, The Music Link orchestra and choir

Soprano/The Silkie  - soprano

Actor/The Silkie  - actor

Tenor/Tom - tenor

Actor/Tom - actor

SATB chamber chorus

2 oboes, horns in F (at least 2), timpani, string orchestra