A Song for Haddo – 2019

A Song for Haddo 2019 – Haddo Arts Festival

On October 10th, 143 local Aberdeenshire children, young people and instrumental tutors will perform side-by-side with our professional McOpera musicians as part of the 2019 Haddo Arts Festival.

The song-cycle A Song for Haddo – Witnesses of Time was created for the young people of Aberdeenshire, based around the central Haddo House ethos that communities are both built and sustained by making music together.

The final composition has been the culmination of months of research by composers Moira Morrison and Peter Kemp, following a series of vocal workshop sessions with the children of four primary schools and side-by-side, professionally mentored rehearsal sessions with 25 high school string players.

Moira Morrison – Composer, Vocal Animateur, Conductor
Peter Kemp – Composer
McOpera Ensemble: Katie Hull (Leader), Elana Eisen, Peter Kemp, Aline Gow and Sarah Neil
Piano: Hebba Benyaghla
Pupils from New Deer Primary School, Rayne North Primary School, Tipperty Primary School and Udny Green Primary School
Students from Ellon Academy, Inverurie Academy, Meldrum Academy and Westhill Academy and their Aberdeenshire Instrumental Tutors
Sue Baxendale – McOpera Outreach Project Manager
Dr Cathy Guthrie – Haddo Arts Festival Administrator