The Scottish Cancer Foundation were honoured to receive the sum of £936.41 which was donated by the audiences at the Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society Carol concerts. We are very grateful to HHCOS and their supporters for their generosity.
HHCOS was founded in 1945 by Lady Aberdeen and her husband, David Gordon and is now run by a committee of volunteers who work with the musical director. It is for adults aged 16 years and above and produces three main events most years, an opera in April, a concert in October and carol concerts at Christmas. There are at present about 80 members on the books, although about 70 usually perform in the concerts and up to 50 in the opera. Emphasis within HHCOS is placed on introducing young people to classical music. To continue this tradition two choirs for young people were formed in 2011 collectively called ‘Voices’: Haddo Children’s Voices and Haddo Girls’ and Boys’Voices.
HHCOS prides itself on its high standard of performance, achieved by the local community working alongside the 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. The society enjoys the facilities and beautiful surroundings at Haddo House, which it leases from the National Trust for Scotland. Rehearsals are relaxed and friendly, the resulting performances regularly achieving critical and audience acclaim.
HHCOS is also available to sing at corporate events, weddings, funerals, memorials and smaller events by request throughout the year to help fundraise.