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Sell Out Myrtle returns to 2016 Haddo Arts Festival alongside starry line up


Visions – Haddo Arts Festival 2106 launched this week at an event on Tuesday at the Terrace Room at Haddo House. An exciting line up of acts is due to appear during the week of October 1st to 8th and tickets are on sale now. Prices have kept kept at very reasonable rates again this year, with the under 25s getting big discounts.


Alice Dennis

This is the fifth festival and as usual the opening concert (Saturday October 1st) will be produced by the Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society. This year it will feature the Mozart Requiem, conducted by Alice Dennis in her last concert as HHCOS Artistic Director, with her daughter Eleanor as the soprano soloist alongside Louise Mott, Jamie MacDougall, and Stefan Berkieta. The first half of the evening is particularly exciting as concert pianist Martin Roscoe will direct Mozart’s most famous Piano Concerto, no. 21 in C major from the piano. This work features the beautiful second movement employed in the 1967 Swedish film Elvira Madigan.

After performing in the Mozart Requiem in the opening concert Jamie MacDougall, the well known Scottish tenor and host of radio show ‘Classics unwrapped,’ will return the next day (Sunday 2nd) to sing some of his favourite songs and arias along with his customary banter. This lunch time concert will be followed by a light buffet lunch in the ‘Visions’ exhibition.

On the Monday night Pete Stollery will present Placing Sound’ five pieces of Electroacoustic music ‘about’ places connected with the NE of Scotland, including sound recordings made in Aberdeen, Inverurie and Forgue nr. Huntly. These will be performed in Haddo Chapel – this beautiful atmospheric venue is to be utilized by the festival for the first time this year.


Stuart McBride

On the Wednesday night, acclaimed North East author Stuart MacBride will host a talk and book signing in the library alongside young musicians from the North East Scotland Music School who will provide a short interlude of music. Stuart says he’s ‘traumatised bookshelves for years: now it’s Haddo’s turn’!

Last year the festival had a notable sell out with the hilarious Myrtle Throgmorton (AKA Jennie Chalmers) and they are delighted she is to return this year on Thursday 6th October in her new show ‘Myrtle Throgmorton takes the Biscuit’; comedy with lashings of talented support, and sturdy tights! Guests will include Colin Brockie, George Davidson and Robert Lovie amongst many others. This evening is sponsored by Walkers Shortbread.


The inestimable Myrtle

The beautiful Steinway piano at Haddo will feature again in a very special concert on the Friday (7th) when Australian concert pianist Piers Lane will play some of the most beautiful piano music ever written in a programme of Chopin played by candlelight. His inspired Nocturnes, Ballads and Fantasies are sure to capture everyone’s imagination.

The festival will close with regular festival visitors Scottish Opera who are bringing their touring production of Donizetti’s sparkling ‘The Elixir of Love’ to the Hall. Accompanied by a small ensemble of instrumentalists, this lively and lyrical comedy will appeal to audiences of all ages with its plethora of marvelous melodies. This Haddo Arts Festival performance is sponsored by BP.

The Visions Exhibition in the Terrace Room will feature work from top artists Paul Ritchie, Winifred Ferguson, Joyce Cairns, Helen Denerley, Neinke Attima and Gill Tyler.

The Festival’s most ambitious art exhibition yet will be open before and during all performances and audiences can order their interval drinks to be taken there.

Alongside the programme of performances the festival will also host exciting and stimulating children’s workshops with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, specialists Children’s Classic Concerts and the ranger services from the Haddo Country Park. Buses for the workshops are being provided thanks to sponsorship from TOTAL E&P UK Limited.

The Festival Committee are also grateful to the Udny Community Trust Company for grant support for the RSNO workshops, the Jamie MacDougall lunchtime concert and Festival marketing, to the David & June Gordon Memorial Trust for grant in support of the Piers Lane concert, children’s workshops and Myrtle Throgmorton, to Stronachs for general sponsorship.

Another first for the Festival is the Haddo Visions Photography Competition. The winning photographs will be exhibited in the Pheasantry, with overall prize donated by Meldrum House Hotel in addition to their generous provision of overnight accommodation for concert pianist Piers Lane.

The Festival are looking for volunteers to help with meet and greet and front of house duties during the festival such as selling programmes. If you would like to be involved in this exciting venture, please call the information line (number below).

Tickets and more details of the photography competition are available at or by calling 0333 666 3366. There is an information line on 01651 851041 for all non ticket related issues.


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20160625TarvesBreakfastCome and join everyone for the Tarves Breakfast this saturday. Bacon, eggs, sausages and lots of tea or coffee to set you up for the day.


Meldrum Academy Parent Council present

Celebrated Scottish musicians Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain will again be showing off their talents in Oldmeldrum on Saturday 3 September in a concert organised by the Meldrum Academy Parent Council.  This intimate concert will give you the opportunity to understand the skills that have earned them the title:

” simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear”

2016 sees Aly and Phil mark many milestones.  This will be their 30th year of working together, Aly turns 70 [hard to believe!] In May and Phil also celebrates 40 years as a professional musician.  To celebrate, they plan some surprises on their annual trip around Scotland including a nostalgic backdrop of images from all those years along with the release of a new album.

Tickets £17.50 each

You can order by:

  • Calling into the school office or phone 01651 871300
  • During the school holiday call into the Meldrum library or phone 01651 871307


  • E-mail



Tarves Community Council

Meeting to discuss Rural Broadband with Digital Scotland and Community Broadband Scotland on Monday 27th June 2016 at 7:30pm in the Aberdeen Arms Hotel, Tarves.

Tarves Community Council have, after many months of negotiation secured a meeting with Duncan Nisbet the Senior Stakeholder Manager of the Scottish Governments Digital Scotland, Superfast Broadband Team and Toby Sandison of Community Broadband Scotland.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss poor broadband access, within the rural areas represented by Tarves Community Council and the difficulty some homes in the village are encountering accessing the recently installed Superfast Broadband.

Most importantly to hear the solutions and programme being proposed by both Digital Scotland and Community Broadband Scotland to alleviate these problems.

In order that I can advise the hotel of the numbers attending please email me at . Tea & Coffee will be served.


David Hekelaar


Tarves Community Council


Meldrum Sports 2016 PosterThe 2016 Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games are here.  Come and have a great day out. Or follow this link to enter the 5K Fun run. Click on the poster to view and download a copy.


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