About Us

Haddo House Choral Society (later to become Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society – HHCOS) was established in 1945 by the late Lord and Lady Aberdeen, David and June Gordon, and is a large and vibrant choral society based at the beautiful Haddo House in rural Aberdeenshire eighteen miles north of Aberdeen in the north east of Scotland.  The first Christmas carol concert took place that year in the family chapel attached to the house and continues there annually to this day.

Since then, HHCOS 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 independent professional opera using its own chorus.

HRH Prince Edward has taken part in several plays at Haddo and many eminent musicians have performed with HHCOS, including Bejamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Willard White, Leon Goossens and Dame Janet Baker. Many young people who have grown up in the area and who have performed at Haddo have gone on to study music and the performing arts at tertiary level.  Several young singers who attended Haddo since their school days now have promising singing careers, including Lisa Moffat, Eleanor Dennis and Amy Strachan.

Today HHCOS annually produces a spring concert (or opera where funds allow), the opening concert of the Haddo Arts Festival in October and several carol services in Haddo House Chapel.

HHCOS is a charity run by its members who maintain a professional organisation with a very high standard of performance.

HHCOS History

The Story of Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society

Our Mission

Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society (HHCOS) is widely recognised as being one of the strongest in the area with a busy schedule which includes an opera or major concert in spring,  an autumn concert in October and several carol events in December.  Some of the productions have been conducted by guest conductors such as Timothy Dean, Ben Parry, Garry Walker and David Jones, otherwise HHCOS Musical Director, Paul Tierney wields the baton.

Management Committee

Chairman – Delyth Parkinson
Treasurer – Mike Mylod
HHCOS Secretary – Jackie Ellington
Voices – Toto Coxe
Performance Committee – Elizabeth Porch
Performance Committee – Tricia Liddell

Performance Committee

Chairman – Elizabeth Porch
Secretary – Trica Liddell
Membership Secretary – Sheila Roberston
Members – Fenella Strachan, Christine Bruce, Catriona McIlwraith and Toto Coxe

Administration

Advertising – Morag Cameron
Data Protection – Caroline Campbell
Friends –  Catherine Smith
Fundraising –  Cath Atkinson