Iain Farrington

Pianist, organist, composer, arranger

Antonin Dvorak: Rusalka


Chamber orchestra version for 14 players:


flute (doubling piccolo), oboe (doubling cor anglais), clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass, harp, percussion (2 timpani, cymbal, triangle)


Performed by: Iford Opera, 2005

English Touring Opera, 2008

Opera Slavica, New York, USA, 2010

Diva Day Foundation, Boston, USA, 2010

Opera Nuova, Canada, 2011

Opera to Go, Alaska, USA, 2012

Amsterdam, 2012


Evening Standard, 13th October 2008

"...The other surprise was how well Dvorak's sumptuous score could be presented in chamber form: a virtuoso arrangement for 12 instrumentalists, alert to the colours of the original, by Iain Farrington. Opera companies strapped for cash will surely be knocking on his door."


The Times, 13th October 2008

"Dvorak's Wagnerian score - a riot of diminished chords and tremolandos - is presented in Iain Farrington's version for just 12 instrumentalists. Out goes the chorus, but otherwise Dvorák's leitmotif-saturated music, with its shimmering, otherworldly atmosphere, is preserved remarkably well.".


Financial Times, 13th October 2008

"Although the orchestral line-up looks impossibly thin on paper, the conductor Alex Ingram achieved a good balance with the stage and his small orchestra filled the Hackney Empire."


The Independent, 19th October 2008

"...sensitively scored for chamber orchestra by Iain Farrington."


The Guardian, 30th July 2005:

"The idea of Dvorak purely as a symphonist disregards the often extreme delicacy of his writing. Here, Iain Farrington's arrangement was faithful to the spirit of Dvorak's instrumentation, with flute, timpani, harp and horn bringing an impressionistic shimmer."