Haddo Arts Festival 2016

1-8 October 2016

Festival Artistic Director – Alice Dennis

Festival Chair – Jerry Dennis

We introduce new elements to our programming-author talk, electro-acoustic music and a photography competition–and use Haddo Chapel as a Festival venue for the first time.


The fifth Haddo Arts Festival took place from 1–8 October 2016. The annual celebration of the arts at Haddo included choral, classical and electro-acoustic music, opera, comedy, an author talk, and children’s workshops ranging from an interactive introduction to the orchestra, percussion and rhythm and using natural objects to create images. The Visions Art and Haddo Photography Competition Winners Exhibitions ran for the duration of the Festival.

In addition to over 1,000 people who came to the ticketed events, 300 school children and 34 primary school staff attended the various workshops on offer. The author talk, using Haddo Chapel as a concert venue, electro-acoustic music and the photography competition were all new elements brought into the Festival this year.


Visions Opening Concert – Mozart Piano Concert in C major K.467 and Mozart Requiem

Piano: Martin Roscow
Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society
Haddo Orchestra
Conductor: Alice Dennis BEM
Soloists: Eleanor Dennis (soprano), Louise Mott (mezzo soprano), Jamie MacDougall (tenor), Stefan Berkieta (baritone)

Lunchtime Song Recital – Inspirations

Jamie MacDougall

Harvest Festival Service

Placing Sound – Pete Stollery

Wordmonger: Stuart MacBride and Recital by North East Scotland Music School

Myrtle Throgmorton takes the Biscuit

Chopin by Candlelight – Piers Lane

The Elixir of Love - Scottish Opera

Visions Art Exhibition – curated by Paul Ritchie

Haddo Visions Photography Competition Winners Exhibition

Sounds of the Orchestra Interactive Concert

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Creative Workshops for Schools

Classic Children’s Concerts and Haddo Country Park team