Haddo House to host exciting new arts festival

The National Trust for Scotland and the Haddo Users Group have announced an exciting new venture - an annual arts festival for Haddo House.

‘Voices – Haddo Arts Festival’ will run from October 6-14 and will be a prestigious nine-day event, bringing together performers and artists of national importance alongside the distinctive and talented voices of the North-east.

It will be the first of what is planned to be a durable and important annual Scottish festival using the facilities at Haddo and its country park.

There will be a wide range of talented performers and artists taking part in the festival. Performances include the opening concert, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, with a royal visitor in attendance. It features the Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society conducted by Garry Walker.

The exciting choral programme will feature famous coronation music such as Zadok the Priest. There will also be a fully-staged operatic production of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ by Scottish Opera and a Children’s Concert by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Players have been booked from the Scottish Ballet Orchestra (known as Scottish Festival Orchestra).

There will be a full programme of workshops for people of all ages and a cutting edge Art Exhibition called ‘Voices’ featuring artworks by Martin Parker, David Blyth, Ross Whyte and students from Gray’s School of Art.

Julie Lorimer, secretary/administrator of Haddo Arts Festival, said: “In these days of financial austerity, the arts are even more important to support people’s morale.

“Bringing performers of such excellence to Haddo with reasonable ticket prices will attract new audiences, which will have a knock on effect at Haddo House for the rest of the year.

“This major event can only enhance life in the North-east. Additionally the festival will help raise the profile of the truly beautiful Haddo House, ensuring it has a vibrant future with healthy funding and increased numbers of visitors annually.

“Haddo House should be a major player in maintaining the artistic culture of the North-east.”