A Song for Haddo 2018 – Haddo Arts Festival
In an exciting development of last year’s outreach project at the Haddo Arts Festival, McOpera Outreach and conductor Andrew McTaggart returned to work with over 100 children drawn from 6 local primary schools, performing a selection of songs composed for Snape Maltings by the 2018 Friday Afternoons’ composer-in-residence, Errollyn Wallen. We were delighted to welcome Errollyn to Haddo for the final rehearsal and the performance.
Building on our parallel string mentoring programme, our McOpera string players played alongside local young string players from Meldrum, Ellon and Inverurie Academies and their instrumental instructors, performing Peter Kemp’s new orchestrations of the Errollyn Wallen songs and Warlock’s Capriol Suite.
The chorus also performed the ‘Song for Haddo’ written by Moira Morrison, whilst the strings accompanied baritone Andrew McTaggart in a selection of short arias.
Andrew McTaggart – Baritone, conductor and vocal coach
McOpera String Ensemble (Katie Hull, Shelagh McKail, Aline Gow, Sarah Neil)
Pupils from Auchterless, Daviot, New Deer, Pitfour, Pitmedden and Tarves Primary Schools
Students from Ellon Academy, Inverurie Academy & Meldrum Academy
Sue Baxendale – Mcopera Outreach Project Manager (Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland)
Dr Cathy Guthrie – Haddo Arts Festival Administrator
Piano: Hebba Benygahla
Haddo House Hall, Haddo House, Methlick, Ellon
Thursday 11 October at 6pm