Tuesday evening at Haddo Arts Festival is traditionally an evening of words and music. This year, we welcomed young clarinettist Laura Smith and her accompanist, Colin Sinclair, from North East Scotland Music School who gave a short recital of music by composers who were contemporary with the poet, Lord Byron, to set the scene for our illustrated lecture on Lord Byron given by Elizabeth Merry.
Heinrich Baermann was the favoured clarinettist of Romantic composers such as Mendelssohn and Weber, but he was also a composer in his own right. Laura and Colin play the Adagio from his Quintet. They will follow this with Three Fantasy Pieces, composed by Robert Schumann in 1849, the same year in which he was composing music for Byron’s poem, Manfred.
NESMS, North East of Scotland Music School, is a charity that provides musical tuition up to Conservatoire standard by importing distinguished teachers to Aberdeen on a regular basis. The connections between Haddo House and the School are long-standing.
Laura has just completed 3rd year medicine at Aberdeen University. She has been playing the clarinet for 11 years and has been with Ian Wilson at NESMS for 2 years. She has played in Grampian Youth Orchestra and King’s Philharmonic Orchestra. She has given concerts both as a soloist and with the NESMS clarinet trio.
Colin is a retired General Practitioner. His only claim to musical fame is having tied for an Australian music prize with celebrity pianist David Helfgott as a teenager. He greatly appreciates the life long learning opportunities that NESMS offers. He enjoys collaborative piano, has performed in solo recitals and is a founder member of the Newhills Chamber Ensemble.Colin Sinclair
The North East Scotland Music School is a charity that provides musical tuition up to Conservatoire standard by importing distinguished teachers to Aberdeen on a regular basis.
The connections between Haddo House and the School are long-standing.
Almost fifty years ago, June, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, and Dorothy Hately, had become aware of a lack of teaching provision at the highest level for the many extremely talented young musicians that Aberdeen was producing in its schools. June had been a student at the prestigious Royal College of Music and had studied with many of the leading international musicians of the day. Dorothy was a singer and had until recently been secretary in the Department of Music at the University of Aberdeen. They got together and invited a group of internationally prestigious musicians – mostly from London – to come to Aberdeen on a monthly basis to teach the outstanding young musicians.
Over the last four decades NESMS, as it quickly became known, has become firmly established as a power-house, encouraging the best of our young musicians in Aberdeen, several of whom have gone on to enter the music profession. The presence of June was a vital spark in the whole founding and early development of the School. It is wonderful that this connection between Haddo House and NESMS still continues, and we are very glad to recognise this strong and warm link today.