Welcome to Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society

Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society (HHCOS) is a large and vibrant choral society based at the beautiful Haddo House located in rural Aberdeenshire 18 miles north of Aberdeen city in the North East of Scotland.

With a history going back over 70 years, the Society has consistently produced concerts and operas of a high standard, working with professional orchestras, singers and conductors and is the oldest society in Scotland to still produce an independant professional opera using its own chorus.

Musical Director, Paul Tierney, takes the rehearsals and he and the committees that run HHCOS are determined to maintain professional organisation alongside a very high standard of performance.

The Choral Society is widely recognised as being one of the strongest in the area with their busy schedule which includes an annual opera, a major concert and several Carol events. Some annual concerts and major opera productions are conducted by guest conductors such as Timothy Dean, Ben Parry, Garry Walker and David Jones.

HHCOS has an adult choir and three youth choirs: Haddo Children’s Voices,  Haddo Girls and Boys Voices and the Haddo Voices Ensemble.

HHCOS also covers the Haddo Combined Treble Voice Choir who achieved recognition at national level in competitions such as BBC Radio 3’s Choir of the Year competition where they were overall runners up in the UK in 2006. This choir is currently dormant.

HHCOS gives the local community the unique opportunity of working alongside professional artists brought in for producing and designing the opera, for the major solo roles and for playing in the orchestra for the opera and concerts alike.

No one is turned away – all the HHCOS groups operate a ‘no audition’ policy.

These groups, along with other organisations that use the facilities at Haddo are known as HUG. Altogether these groups involve many members of all ages and backgrounds. Gifted amateurs take part in the wide range of productions including those from HHCOS as well as musical shows from the the Haddo Youth Music Theatre and the Haddo Children’s Theatre and youth concerts involving the Haddo Voices. This unique blend makes Haddo the ultimate community arts centre.

Haddo also hosts the annual Haddo Arts Festival in October, attracting top names for concerts, opera, exhibitions and workshops.

Many young people who have grown up in the area and who have performed at Haddo in one or more of the ‘HUG’ groups  have gone on to study music and the performing arts at tertiary level. Many young singers who have attended Haddo since their school days have gone on to  carve promising singing careers;  Eleanor Dennis and Lisa Moffat for example.

There are also many students from RSAMD (now know as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) who have appeared in HHCOS concerts and operas over the years who now have successful professional careers.

Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society is a charity registered in Scotland, Reg SC016577

Events

  • A Night at the Opera

    16th February 2018

    A Night at the Opera: Saturday 24th March, 7.30pm at Haddo Tickets available from 24th February (17th Feb to Friends of HHCOS) A selection of Overtures, Arias & Choruses from Carmen, Dido & Aeneas, Lohengrin, Nabucco & more With Heather Ireson (Mezzo soprano), Jeremy Coleman (Piano), Imogene Newland (Piano) and Dr Paul Tierney (Musical Director)

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News

  • A Night at the Opera

    16th February 2018

    A Night at the Opera: Saturday 24th March, 7.30pm at Haddo Tickets available from 24th February (17th Feb to Friends of HHCOS) A selection of Overtures, Arias & Choruses from Carmen, Dido & Aeneas, Lohengrin, Nabucco & more With Heather Ireson (Mezzo soprano), Jeremy Coleman (Piano), Imogene Newland (Piano) and Dr Paul Tierney (Musical Director)

  • News

    16th February 2018

     A Night at the Opera: Saturday 24th March, 7.30pm at Haddo Tickets available from 24th February (17th Feb to Friends of HHCOS) A selection of Overtures, Arias & Choruses from Carmen, Dido & Aeneas, Lohengrin, Nabucco & more With Heather Ireson (Mezzo soprano), Jeremy Coleman (Piano), Imogene Newland (Piano) and Dr Paul Tierney (Musical Director)… (Read More)

  • Carols Review

    22nd December 2016

    Carols at Haddo 2016  A review by BBC Presenter Euan McIlwraith  There are two things that give my Christmas a kick start. The Landward Christmas special and The Haddo Carol Concert. I’ve been going to the annual concert in the Haddo House Chapel for well over a decade and I’ll admit I was slightly apprehensive… (Read More)

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