"Far Away in an Olive Grove" from Armadadrama by David Haines by David Haines published on 2012-06-13T19:56:35Z This is a song from my children's opera Armadadrama - originally written in 1987/88 to mark the quatercentenary of the Spanish Armada - for which I've been preparing new fully-harmonised arrangements for Teignmouth and Ivybridge Community Choirs. We'll be premiering this brand new SATB concert version of the work at Sir Francis Drake's home, Buckland Abbey, Devon on 22nd September 2012. Forget all your preconceptions about what "children's opera" means. My children's music is mostly just as "grown-up" as my adult music. I despise most music written "for children". Horrible, patronising, condescending pap. I'll have nothing to do with it. This is me multi-tracked and doing all the parts for this song. It's sung by Luis, a Spanish sailor shipwrecked on the coast of Ireland and unlikely ever to see his family again.