Based on the song cycle, Friday Afternoons, by Benjamin Britten, A Song for Haddo is the exciting culmination of this year’s outreach programme.
Conducted by McOpera Outreach composer and vocal animateur, Moira Morrison, musicians from McOpera, players from the Scottish Opera orchestra, have been working with 120 primary school pupils on some of the original songs and on writing the new Song for Haddo for this performance. The orchestra will include McOpera players, students from the North East of Scotland music school and other Aberdeenshire schools.
In addition to some of the original songs by Britten, these musicians and pupils have written a new song – A Song for Haddo – for this evening’s performance.
Friday Afternoons was conceived as part of the celebrations to mark the Centenary of the birth of the composer, Benjamin Britten, by Snape Maltings (formerly Aldeburgh Music) with the initial aim of encouraging children and young people to sing. Although originally written for piano accompaniment, new orchestrations have been specifically written for this performance in Aberdeenshire by Peter Kemp.
McOpera, Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland, was formed in the spring of 2012 by musicians from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Scotland’s only fully professional opera orchestra, to provide and generate a range of artistically exciting and diverse work in Scotland. Since that time, it has developed a wide portfolio of activity ranging from operatic productions, to bespoke recording projects, orchestral performances and community outreach projects across a wide social and cultural demographic. Recent operatic activity includes the critically acclaimed (5 star) production of Britten’s community opera Noye’s Fludde (Lammermuir Festival 2016) and the world premiere of Scottish composer Erik Chisholm’s opera Simoon (Cottier Chamber Project 2015, released as a live performance on Delphian label in November 2016).
Snape Maltings is home to Aldeburgh Music, a year-round programme with a unique artistic model. Having grown out of the Aldeburgh Festival, it has realised founder Benjamin Britten’s vision for an international centre of music whose performance programme makes its mark on the world’s stage and which has artist development, learning and community inclusion as its creative engine. Aldeburgh Music’s programme ranges from development opportunities for musicians at all career stages to work that explores music’s ability to have a positive impact on people’s lives when they need it most.
Thursday 12th October 2017 6:00 pm
Venue: Haddo Hall
McOpera Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland
The North East of Scotland Music School