Haddo Arts Festival launched

Fred MacAulay will feature at the Haddo Arts Festival 2013.
Fred MacAulay will feature at the Haddo Arts Festival 2013.

The Haddo Arts Festival 2013 has been officially launched.

The festival, named ‘Senses’, will be held from October 5 - with a line-up including Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and a comedy night starring Fred MacAulay and Tweedy – a clown born and bred in the North-east but now an international star of circus.

Another important event will be a ‘Tartan Tastes’ evening, where local businesses will set up tasting stalls at Haddo House and where attendees will be entertained by North-east fiddler Paul Anderson.

Other events include musical workshops for children, a choral workshop, discussion groups and an exhibition by photographer Chris Heppel. In a new departure, the festival will host a Tea Dance, accompanied by The Holidays and featuring a specially-prepared and elegant afternoon tea with waitress service.

Alice Dennis, artistic director, outlined the programme and expressed delight that the festival has been able to continue for a second year, and is now firmly on the road to being a durable and important annual Scottish event.

Chairman Jerry Dennis described the successful campaign to raise sponsorship.

He said the majority of this came from BP, who are supporting Scottish opera and the design and print work of the souvenir programme, and TOTAL E & P UK, who are sponsoring the RSNO day which will feature a chamber concert with a string quintet and two of their ever-popular children’s concerts on a Teddy Bear’s picnic theme.

Lady Aberdeen concluded with a vote of thanks to supporters, organisers and sponsors.

Tickets will be available from August on the website www.haddoartsfestival.org.uk All enquiries before then to 07501 598092 10am–2pm weekdays.