A Song for Haddo – 2020

A Song for Haddo 2020 – Haddo Arts Festival

Fables and Foibles – A Song for Haddo 2020

Songs by Moira Morrison & Instrumental Music by Peter Kemp

A Song for Haddo is back but not as we know it…

Watch the full performance at the Haddo Arts Festival 2020 here

In a challenging world where both singing and playing wind instruments have been restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our McOpera composers and musicians have once more been working and performing alongside children, young people, tutors and teachers from Aberdeenshire’s schools (joined by East Lothian children’s choir Dunbar Voices) to create a project celebrating music-making!

Following a specially devised series of pre-recorded videos, masterclass sessions and musical tracks for the classroom and at home, a cast of 148 singers, wind and string players have taken part in an exciting online musical re-telling of 7 of Aesop’s fables, the culmination of this year’s Haddo Arts Festival 2020.

Taken from the series of paintings in Haddo House and depicting scenes from Aesop’s timeless fables, these stories inspire us to keep our heads, learn about ourselves and respond creatively to challenging times amidst frenetic social media activity and advancing technology – something which our Hare in particular finds very difficult to do!

In the final piece of Fables and Foibles, the performers are joined by singers and string players from previous projects in a massed orchestration of A Song for Haddo written for the first project back in 2017.
A Song for Haddo project is supported by: Udny Community Trust Company Ltd and David & June Gordon Memorial Trust

Performed by the musicians of the McOpera Ensemble with singers and instrumentalists from

New Deer Primary School
Pitmedden Primary School
Rayne North Primary School

Dunbar Voices

Alford Academy
Ellon Academy
Inverurie Academy
Kemnay Academy
Meldrum Academy
Westhill Academy

With huge thanks to all the parents and the Aberdeenshire teaching staff from the schools and tutors from the Instrumental Music Service, without whom this project could not have happened!

Audio by Mark Neal Music @markguitarmusic
Video by Roddy Simpson
Produced by Sue Baxendale

Supported by the Udny Community Trust Company Ltd & the David and June Gordon Memorial Trust

Paintings reproduced by kind permission of the National Trust of Scotland

Facebook links: @mcoperascot @haddoarts