Pupils band to­gether to com­pose ‘A song for Haddo’

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

Pupils from across Aberdeen­shire took part in a mu­si­cal first for the re­gion when they com­posed ‘A Song for Haddo’ yes­ter­day.

As part of the Ben­jamin Brit­ten cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions, chil­dren from across the For­mar­tine pri­mary schools have been tak­ing part in weekly mu­si­cal work­shops to cre­ate their own song which they per­formed last night at Haddo House as part of this year’s Arts Fes­ti­val.

Based on the song cy­cle ‘Fri­day Af­ter­noons’ by Ben­jamin Brit­ten, A Song for Haddo is the cul­mi­na­tion of this year’s outreach pro­gramme and was con­ceived by the renowned Snape Malt­ings mu­sic cen­tre in Suf­folk.

The singers were ac­com­pa­nied by a string en­sem­ble drawn from the North East of Scot­land Mu­sic School (NESMS) and re­ceived vo­cal tu­ition dur­ing the re­hearsals from McOpera’s coaches.

Haddo Arts Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor John Cairns said: “Fri­day Af­ter­noons was con­ceived as part of the cel­e­bra­tions of Snape Malt­ings (for­merly Alde­burgh Mu­sic) to mark the cen­te­nary of the birth of the com­poser, Ben­jamin Brit­ten, with the ini­tial aim of en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren and young peo­ple to sing.

“A vo­cal spe­cial­ist and song­writer from McOpera Outreach has de­liv­ered work­shops in pri­mary schools around the For­mar­tine area, work­ing with the chil­dren on vo­cal tech­nique and en­sem­ble singing and gath­er­ing ma­te­rial with the chil­dren to write a com­mis­sioned Song for Haddo, ac­com­pa­nied by strings and piano.

“The whole project will be listed on the Fri­day Af­ter­noons web­site and the new songs will be shared with other Fri­day Af­ter­noons projects from around the world.”

For more in­for­ma­tion please visit: www.had­doarts.com

“Will be shared with other Fri­day Af­ter­noons projects”

Pho­to­graph by Jim Irvine

RE­HEARSAL: Pupils gather to try out the new song.

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