Haddo Voices summer concert

The young singers of the three Haddo Voices choirs are presenting a short fun concert at Haddo House Hall.

Musical director Alice Dennis is hoping that more children will be attracted to singing after hearing what the youngsters can achieve with a little practice and commitment.

The Haddo Boys Voices only have five members but Alice said: “These boys are enthusiastic and hard working and should be proud of what they have achieved.

“The sound they make is beautiful - I just hope a few more lads hear them and decide to join. All the young singers have improved tremendously, not just their singing, but in concentration levels and in the discipline of working as a team and in looking good on stage”.

The boys songs will include two from ‘Jonah Man Jazz’, a favourite of Alice’s after she too sang it at an early age with her primary school.

The songs from Haddo Girls Choir, which has 15 members, include the lovely ‘ Swallow’ by ChIlcott and the fun ‘Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend’, which has been lightly choreographed and has been great fun to rehearse.

The girls performed to an extremely high standard in the Aberdeen and North East music festival and gained a ‘Gold, outstanding performance’ award and retained the Paterson Gold Medal.

A little bigger again at 22 members, the Haddo Children’s Voices songs will include the ‘Three Little Fishes’, ‘What shall we do with the Drunken Sailor’ and ‘Goodnight’ a pretty song with a Russian flavour.

In addition to the three choirs, young members will also sing their solos from the festival and several will also do instrumental solos along with any siblings who also play to a good standard. Ten year old Ross McKeown from Belhelvie will be a highlight, having gained a ‘Gold outstanding performance’ award in his piano class in the festival.

The solo singers have all been coached by Alice, who offers this service as part of the annual subscription to members.

It is hoped that parents of children not yet involved in the choirs will bring them along to get a taste of what Haddo Voices do.

The concert will be held in Haddo House Hall tomorrow (Friday) at 7pm and tickets are on sale now at £8 for adults, £5 for children under 16. Booking in advance is advisable due to the event’s popularity. Contact 01651 851111.

The new season starts in September and this will be a good time for youngsters to try out the choirs for a trial period.