Pupils band together to compose ‘A song for Haddo’
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”
REHEARSAL: Pupils gather to try out the new song.