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. Most of its annual concerts and the major opera productions are conducted by guest conductors such as Timothy Dean, Ben Parry, Garry Walker and David Jones. Paul conducts their carol concerts, Gilbert and Sullivan productions and the concerts on occasion.
There up to 5 Haddo Choirs at any one time, involving over 200 singers. The Haddo Voices are a group of youth choirs: Haddo Children’s Voices, and the Haddo Boys’ and Girls’ Voices. 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.
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 over 300 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 as well as national competitions with them and the Haddo Combined Treble Voice Choir. 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. Currently two young singers who have attended Haddo since their school days and who have promising singing careers are Eleanor Dennis and Lisa Moffat.
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
Last updated: August 11th, 2016