Miscellaneous

Haddo audience captivated by Opera Bohemia’s Merry Widow

Everyone streamed out of Haddo House Hall with a smile on their face despite the fact it was pouring with rain on Tuesday evening. The reason? Opera Bohemia’s production of the Merry Widow was such a delightful evening of glamorous, humorous and highly musical entertainment that it was easy to ignore the downpour and escape…

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Delivering new opera opportunities to audiences across Scotland

Alistair Digges, musical director of Opera Bohemia, explains the origins of this youthful, innovative and highly professional company which comes to Haddo on August 27… We started Opera Bohemia when Douglas Nairne and I were finishing our operatic studies and wanted to stage one of our favourite operas, La bohème. The cast was made up…

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A Master of the Art of Jazz Piano

Virtuoso – it’s a word we sometimes hear, but how often do we get a chance to see and hear a virtuoso in action? Well, when Rossano Sportiello put the Haddo Steinway piano through its paces last weekend (May 25) he demonstrated just what skilfulness, artistry and panache is involved when a master of the…

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Rossano Sportiello explains Stride Piano

As a child I was fascinated by the joy and freedom that jazz pianists show and feel while performing their improvisations. My inspiration is constantly fed by virtually all the great masters in the history of jazz as well as the great classical music composers and performers. These are just a few of the musicians…

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Why study art history? Interview with Prof. Murdo Macdonald FRSA HRSA

In advance of the David and June Gordon lecture on March 24, we meet this year’s speaker, Professor Murdo Macdonald, FRSA, HRSA, Emeritus Professor of the History of Scottish Art, of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee- and find out what makes him tick. What drew you to study the…

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Haddo Arts News

Why Tip the Hat to Flanders and Swann? Interview with John Bett

The last event in this year’s Festival is the premiere of the two act version of “Tipping the Hat to Flanders and Swann”, after its outing in Play Pie and a Pint format in Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Haddo Arts’ Lucy Gordon recently caught up with actor John Bett,(The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black Black…

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Artist Bibo Keeley writes about her experiences of participating in the Haddo Arts Festival 2017

In the summer of 2017 I was one of the artists who were invited to create a sculpture for the Haddo Arts Festival which would be held in mid-autumn. The artists were given the opportunity to create works which used as a starting point the poem ‘Like Our Bodies’ Imprint’ by Yehuda Amichai. A key…

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Tales from the Fairports

Every August, I take off with t’other Dr. G to spend three days and nights in farmers’ fields in Cropredy, Oxfordshire, and it is one of the highlights of my year. Why? Because we’re regulars at the Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival. I can’t claim to be as longstanding a Fairporter as t’other Dr. G, but…

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