Haddo Arts brings a unique artistic experience to Haddo House and its environs.
Working with world-class artists and makers, with local professionals and communities, schools and other arts organisations, Haddo Arts will create a distinctive annual programme across the whole of Haddo – the House, the Hall and the Country Park.
Haddo Arts hopes to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts, providing them with the space, the time and the freedom to enjoy the very best artistic experience and to develop their own ideas – to make their own art.
We are continuing to develop new projects and partnerships for 2020. The 2019 Festival saw Haddo Arts working with the McOpera to build upon our highly successful Song for Haddo project. We were delighted to host a sell-out talk by Scotland's Makar Jackie Kay as well as performances by the Maxwell String Quartet, Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society, Red Priest, Jamie MacDougall and Scottish Opera. We also staged a major art exhibition called Experimental Use of Space:Connections.
Haddo Arts' first project was the successful Haddo Arts Festival 2017. The packed programme of music, theatre and art in an exciting combination of classic concerts and new work, attracted over 5000 people during October. More information about individual events can be seen by following the link to the Festival.
With new projects and partnerships underway for the 2020 Festival and beyond, these are exciting times at Haddo and we hope to see you there.
Following the success of the 2017 & 2018 projects, we were delighted that Song for Haddo returned in 2019, led by Sue Baxendale and the McOpera team. Song for Haddo takes its inspiration from the history of Haddo House and enables local schoolchildren to work with professional musicians.
There was lots of music, from A Song for Haddo, Handel's Samson, the Maxwell String Quartet and NESMS, through to the Truly Madly Baroque featuring Red Priest and Scottish Opera's Highlights tour.
After success our 2018 art exhibition in 2019 we presented "Experimental Use of Space: Connections" in the Mobil Room, the South Wing and Courtyard.
This year we featured our first concert in Aberdeen when Angela East, of Red Priest gave a solo cello recital in St Machar's Cathedral.
Scotlands Makar, Jackie Kay, visited us in the Library of Haddo House for an entertaining and sold-out evening of poetry with supporting music from NESMS.