Roaring success for the Haddo Arts Festival

The Haddo Arts Festival ended last weekend with bigger audiences than in 2012 and has been declared a resounding success by the organisers and audience alike.

The superb brochure, produced with the generosity of BP, guided the audience and advised of all the events.

The highlights included a virile performance of Handel’s Dixit Dominus by the Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society conducted by Ben Parry, a pitch perfect performance by a chamber ensemble of players from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Tartan Tastes evening in the house with entertainment from excellent fiddler Paul Anderson.

Later on in the week the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra played dazzlingly to a packed hall, Fred MacAulay pulled in the crowds with his dry wit and naughty twinkle and Scottish opera gave an exciting performance of Handel’s Rodelinda, again to a full house.

Organisers have said that it was good to see such a variety of events – something for everyone – and that the audiences were not only large but also enthusiastic in their response.

Organisers Alice and Jerry Dennis said “it’s been brilliant festival, well worth the hard work.

“We sold 200 more tickets than last year and word is getting around that the Haddo Arts Festival produces performances of quality.

“The finances are good too, with the continuing support of our major sponsors.”

It can only be hoped that the progression continues next year and that the Haddo Arts Festival becomes regular fixture for NE art and music lovers.

The festival aimed to stimulate all five of the senses with its programmes.