Haddo Arts is an exciting new organisation which brings a unique artistic experience to Haddo.
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 in 2019. The 2018 Festival saw Haddo Arts working with the Aberdeen Artists Society to stage their Autumn Exhibition at Haddo, with the Scottish Poetry Library to bring a metre or stanza of poets as well as building on the previous year’s association with Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland. We were delighted to be hosting first performances by the Haddo Baroque Ensemble and the Enescu Piano Quartet, and to be the venue for the premiere of Tipping the Hat to Flanders and Swann.
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 2019 Festival and beyond, these are exciting times at Haddo and we hope to see you there.
Simon Evans is well known to the British comedy-going public from TV shows such as Live at the Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, and as a regular on BBC Radio 4, where his own hugely successful, acclaimed radio show Simon Evans Goes To Market returned for a fourth series in Spring 2018.
Following the success of the inaugural project at the 2017 Haddo Arts Festival, we were delighted that Song for Haddo returned in 2018, led by Sue Baxendale and the McOpera team. Song for Haddo takes its inspiration from Friday Afternoons by Benjamin Britten, in association with Snape Maltings.
Lots of music, from A Song for Haddo 2, Mendelssohn's Elijah, the Enescu Piano Quartet and the new Haddo Baroque Quartet, through to the Murray McLachlan's Piano Recital and Tipping the Hat to Flanders and Swann.
Art exhibitions by Aberdeen Artists Society took place in the Mobil Room, the South Wing and Courtyard, and in the Pheasantry.
Poetry came to the Haddo Arts Festival for the first time. In association with the Scottish Poetry Library and the Elphinstone Institute, five Scottish poets read from their works and discussed the challenges and opportunities of writing in their own voices.