The magical quest

Long, long ago, fairytale characters and sea monsters were common in the world and some places were too dangerous for people to live. This story tells of a magical quest in this very different land.

Dragons of many kinds roamed the earth to the East and West. Harpies flew in the skies, and the Unicorn could be glimpsed through the trees in old forests across the land. Scotland was also home to creatures of legend. The Scottish people shared the same land as fairytale characters and magical beings such as Faeries and Kelpies who were often seen near rivers and lochs.

One of the most evil of all the world’s creatures lurked in the North-West of Scotland. This was the cruel sea monster named Misterstourworm, where he came from is shrouded in mystery; no one knows his origin or age. This gigantic sea monster, a revolting serpent had terrorised the people of Tiree for hundreds of years and the lord of the land was weary from trying to destroy him. Coran, a young boy from one of the villages, steps up and offers to go on the magical quest to defend his people. The lord laughs at the young lad saying "you're just a daft boy" but Coran pleads and shows his determination and the lord finally allows him to go.

Coran's magical quest to free his people begins...

His journey is an adventure of great courage, encountering fairytale characters and supernatural friend and foe, but will he succeed in killing the giant sea monster?

The Music... A note from the composer, Savourna Stevenson

The story and the music for Misterstourworm and the Kelpie's gift were conceived and grew together. Although I had decided to write a piece of classical music for children, a Scottish "Peter and the wolf", I knew that I wanted to aim this new work at a slightly older audience: to create an action packed adventure, a kind of magical quest for the whole family. While specific instruments are used in Peter and the wolf to depict characters, I have used themes and motifs that are developed and grow along with the plot. I have used a large orchestra in order to represent the awesome size of the sea monster. The work is full of musical images which are easily recognisable: the terrifying sea monster on the brass and lower woodwind, the shimmering magic of the fairy queen, the whinnying of the sad Kekpie on the woodwind and the exhilarating full ensemble of the chase and the fight. It was always my aim that the music should illustrate the story so closely that on second hearing, there would be no need for the narrative.

Click here to listen to the sea monster Misterstourworm Intro Sample

Click here to listen to The Faerie Queen Sample


Faerie Queen... Close

The Faerie Queen comes from a long lineage of Celtic faeries. There are many different kinds of faerie who can work for either good or evil, their traditions stretch back through time across many cultures. Celtic faeries differ from other faerie families as they manifest in human form. They possess special magical powers and seem eternally youthful, but have no wings.

The Faerie-Queen is the head of a faerie clan who reside in the north of Scotland. These faeries live near water and commune with other water-spirits to protect the lochs, rivers and seas. They rarely intervene with humans as it is only those humans who believe in them, and hold truth and strength in their hearts, who will benefit from their powers. Children, therefore, are most likely to encounter the magic of the faeire kingdom as they are the most pure and truthful form of human. This Faerie Queen, the most beautiful faerie of the clan, appears to Coran while he sleeps to give her magic in the form of a bridle and bit. It is unusual for a faerie to give assistance in catching a kelpie, a fellow water spirit, but even the faeries want rid of the terrible Misterstourworm and so give this gift with pleasure.

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MisterstourwormCoranKelpieFaerie QueenLord of Tiree