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Haddo Arts Festival has diverse programme


By Kirsty Brown

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At the launch were organisers (from left) Jenny Greener, Rodger Williams, Fiona Milne, Ruaraidh Williams and Jackie Ellington. Pic: Phil Harman
At the launch were organisers (from left) Jenny Greener, Rodger Williams, Fiona Milne, Ruaraidh Williams and Jackie Ellington. Pic: Phil Harman

TICKETS for this year's Haddo Arts Festival are on sale after a launch event laced with Hungarian flair.

The Haddo Arts team marked next month's week-long festival with a reception in the library at Haddo House where guests were welcomed by Lady Joanna Aberdeen before hearing from arts trustee Dr Roger Williams about the various treats in store in this year's festival programme.

The collection of exhibitions, theatre and workshops includes an evening in the company of Jackie Kay, Scotland's Makar, with music for cello and piano.

A familiar face at Haddo, Jamie MacDougall will be celebrating the life of popular entertainer Sir Harry Lauder.

On a more contemporary note, primary and secondary school children will give two performances of Song for Haddo 3, the culmination of this year's schools' music project.

Following the highly successful and unusual art exhibition curated by Aberdeen Artists Society last year, the National Trust for Scotland is to host a second event at Haddo.

This year the theme is connections and artists will be displaying an array of pieces in the unique spaces in and around the South Wing courtyard of the historic mansion.

Classical music fans will be delighted to hear that Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society will perform Handel's Samson oratorio, while members of the Maxwell Quartet plan to bring their unique style to a performance of two masterpieces by Mozart and Debussy.

Baroque music is the forte of Red Priest, a group of four performers passionate about interpreting great classics on recorder, cello, violin and harpsichord in their own distinctive style.

Scottish Opera will also be making a welcome return to Haddo with the highly popular Opera Highlights show featuring a diverse array of music by composers like Vaughan Williams, Mozart and Delibes.



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