Haddo Arts Festival 2012

6-14 October 2012

Voices established the mix of concerts, art exhibition and workshops for children and young people which is the backbone of the current Festival.


Haddo Arts Festival was a nine day celebration of the arts at Haddo House from 6-14 October 2012, encompassing concerts, an art exhibition and workshops in various art forms.  The Festival was conceived as a way to demonstrate and generate support for Haddo as an arts venue.

From a standing start in late 2011, a team of volunteers put together the programme, raised funding from generous sponsors and donors and established the Haddo Arts Festival organisation as a partnership between Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society (HHCOS), the National Trust for Scotland and the Haddo Users Group (HUG).


A Diamond Coronation

Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society, Haddo House Orchestra
Conductor: Garry Walker
Soloists: Catriona Clarke (Soprano), Louise Collett (mezzo soprano),
Alistair Digges (tenor), Douglas Nairn (baritone)
Chorus Master: Alice Dennis

Lunchtime Recital

The Thwaites Piano Trio

Family Concert

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Haddo House Tours and Music

Katherine and Roger Williams, Drew Tulloch

A Celebration ofDance

Scottish Festival Orchestra

Young Voices Masterclass with Patricia MacMahon

North East Scotland Music School Recital

Megan Cormack, Freya Hall, Iain Hall, Dunca Thomson

The Best of North East Music Night

Robert Lovie and Friends

La Traviata

Scottish Opera

Harvest Festival Service

Family Ceilidh and Drama Workshop Performance

The Alastair Salter Trio

In addition, there were drama workshops for young people across both weekends, nature and art day for local primary schools and photography workshops.

Audience feedback: “A welcome new initiative” “ A wonderful event which will hopefully be the first of many”