Haddo Arts Festival 2020

Song for Haddo based on Aesop's Fables Song for Haddo based on Aesop's Fables

Song for Haddo based on Aesop's FablesGina McCormack (violin) and Nigel Clayton (piano)Haddo Arts wanted to help and support musicians and performers, deprived by the coronavirus pandemic of the ability to engage with audiences in live performances as concerts were cancelled. We decided to deliver as many elements of Haddo Arts Festival 2020 as possible by taking it online whilst still maintaining a strong sense of Haddo as a special venue.

Several items were filmed at Haddo, including the traditional Harvest Festival Service, Festival host Jamie MacDougall’s introductions and short Festival trailer. Gina McCormack & Nigel Clayton recorded their violin and piano recital in Mellerstain House, near Kelso. NESMS students Laura Smith and Colin Sinclair recorded in the June Gordon room at North East Scotland Music School.

Song for Haddo 2020: Fables & Foibles brought together 97 young Aberdeenshire singers and instrumentalists, plus 33 youngsters from Dunbar Voices, in brand new music inspired by the Aesop’s Fables paintings hanging in Haddo House. Individual recordings were edited together with images to create a very special film.

One element of the Festival was able to go ahead at Haddo. Experimental Use of 2m Space, a socially distanced promenade art exhibition in the South Courtyard and Garden attracted over 500 visitors between 3 – 10 October.

Paintings of Aesop's Fables from the Hall Haddo HousePaintings of Aesop's Fables from the Hall Haddo House


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Supported Groups: The Arts

Aberdeen Art Gallery; Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra; Aberdeen Gilbert and Sullivan Society; Aberdeen International Youth Festival; Aberdeen Sinfonietta; Big Noise (Torry); Children’s Classic Concerts; Dee and Don Ceilidh; Fleeman; Garidge Theatre; Grampian Youth Orchestra; Haddo Arts Festival; Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society; Inverurie Music; Magnetic North; National Theatre of Scotland; National Youth Orchestra of Scotland; North East of Scotland Music School; Opera Bohemia; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Scottish Ballet; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Scottish Dance Theatre; Scottish Ensemble; Scottish Opera; Scrapers and Tooters; Shazam Theatre Company; Sound Festival;

Supported Groups: Charitable Youth and Community Centres

Aberdeen Cyrenians; Belhelvie Community Trust; Cromar Future Project; Drop In (Aboyne); Elgin Youth Development Group; Formartine Youth Project; Gordon Riding for the Disabled; Hearts and Minds; Hopscotch; Inchgarth Community Centre; Kayleigh’s Wee Stars; Logie Coldstone Trust; Maryculter Riding for the Disabled; Maryculter Woodland Trust; Midmar Hall; Monymusk Play Park; NSPCC Childline; Poppy Scotland; Red Cross; Robert Gordon University Foundation; Salvation Army; Sea Scouts; Tarland Bee Group; Teapot Trust; Udny Green Hall

Supported Groups: Ecumenical Christian

Belhelvie Parish Church; Haddo House Chapel; New Community Church (Inverurie); St Andrew’s Cathedral (Aberdeen)