Miscellaneous

Matron of the Arts

Matron of the Arts – June Gordon  An inspiration to Haddo Arts  As we look forward to our 10th Haddo Arts Festival in 2021, it seems a fitting time to also look back to the origins of where it all began and the introduction of music and art to our much beloved Haddo House Estate….

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Ten Years in the Making!

From the seed of an idea from our first Chairman, Jerry Dennis, and Artistic Director, Alice Dennis BEM, we have had an unbelievable 10 years of festivals here at Haddo. We have covered a lot in those 10 years: music, masterclasses, comedy, poetry, literature, lectures and visual art. We have celebrated emerging and local artists…

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Hardy, happier and hungry for art

People in North East Scotland are a hardy lot and well over 500 of them made the effort to visit the thought-provoking and eye-catching visual art exhibition displayed in the South Wing courtyard and garden at Haddo House. Drawing on the theme of ‘Experimental Use of 2m Space‘ artists chose a variety of media and…

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An Evening of Words and Music

In the third concert of Haddo’s virtual arts festival, Jamie McDougall introduced Laura Smith and Colin Sinclair who played Heinrich Baermann’s Adagio from Septet Op 23 setting in motion a very interesting evening of poetry and music. A student of the North East Scotland Music school which has strong links with Haddo, Laura performed this…

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Myrtle’s Tour de Force!

Thwarted by nothing, champion blagger and intrepid explorer, Myrtle Throgmorton made us view Haddo House with different eyes as she burst through the heavy wooden doors of this much-loved venue for music and the arts. Skilled musician Frank Thomson was the first to experience a ‘Myrtle moment’ as he played some wonderful tunes on his…

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Richard Michael Opens Haddo Arts Festival 2020 Online in Style

What a great way to spend a rainy Autumn evening…listening to Richard Michael present his ‘It’s all Music Folks’ in the atmospheric surroundings of Haddo’s wooden hall. While we missed the experience of being in that wonderful building, all of us tuning into this excellent concert- thanks to the videographer recording this concert-  had the…

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Guest of Honour

Were you at our lecture in the 2014 Haddo Arts Festival about the painting ‘Dinner at Haddo House’ by Alfred Emslie? You may like this article from the National Trust for Scotland which places some historical context around the painting.    

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Yulia Chaplina – Music Newsletter for Corona-virus Support

One of the joys of being Haddo Arts Administrator is receiving emails from musicians who want to come and perform at Haddo, whether as part of the annual arts festival, or at other times of the year, and following the links they provide to performances of their music on their web site, YouTube or similar….

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Jean Paul Baptiste: I Am An Immigrant

Jean Paul Baptiste’s piece “I Am An Immigrant” was displayed in the South Wing Courtyard as part of the Experimental Use of Space: Connections exhibition at the 2019 Haddo Arts Festival and was later awarded the RSA Open Prize. We asked him to tell us how and why he came to create the work. As…

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Experimental Use of Space: Connections

  Experimental Use of Space “connections”  attracted thirty artists to Haddo many of whom produced “site specific” work inspired by Haddo House and estate. In the Mobil Room Grays BP painting prize winner 2019, Leila Kleineidam, produced paintings especially for the show. Environmental in theme and following the connections brief,  many of the textile sculptures…

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