The following guest artistes will be appearing with us at our next concert on
Saturday 18th March 2017 at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen.
Tickets are now on sale and can be booked online
Robert is a highly popular Scottish entertainer, compère and broadcaster, well known for his distinctive Aberdeenshire style and Doric humour. Robert has been singing and entertaining since the tender age of eight being brought up on his parent’s farm near Fraserburgh on the north Buchan Coast. Today Robert works with The National Trust for Scotland. As well as managing Fyvie Castle and Haddo House in Aberdeenshire he has for many years been entertainment manager on the Trust’s annual cruises. Robert is constantly in demand all over the country in many roles – he commentates at up to a dozen Highland Games including the world famous Braemar Gathering, takes part annually in Burns Suppers all over the world and is much in demand as an accomplished after dinner speaker. He compères and entertains at concerts and festivals throughout Scotland and has released many CDs and DVDs over the last 20 years. During his entertainment career he has shared stages with Ant & Dec, Lulu, Andy Stewart, Scotland the What and his great mentor Robbie Shepherd. He is a trustee for many well known Scottish Charities and has had the pleasure of entertaining for both Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Prince of Wales. Over the past year Robert has been very proud to take up the role as compère for The SFO and has loved travelling with the Orchestra all over the country.
Dundee born Colette Ruddy studied singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow where she was a prize-winning honours graduate.
Coming from a family of fine musicians and singers with interests in both classical and traditional music, she was one of the first graduates to study and research Scottish Music and in particular the singing of traditional Scottish songs as part of her honours degree. Prizes include Winner of the LASMO Staffa Music Award, Crabb Trust Award, Wolffson Scholarship and Balfour Moray Foundation Scholarship. Colette was chosen to sing at the Samling Foundation Masterclass led by Thomas Allen. Colette has been a soloist with many orchestras, fiddle orchestras, choral societies and choirs. She has sung in all the major concert halls in Britain and Ireland and has broadcast for BBC TV and Radio 2, Radio Scotland and STV. Recordings include Burns songs, songs by John Thompson and Scottish lullabies. Oratorio, recital and concert work play a large part in Colette’s career and highlights have included Handel’s Messiah in Denmark, Bach’s B minor Mass in Edinburgh Festival, Elgar’s Sea Pictures in Dublin and guest soloist with Aled Jones in Belfast Waterfront Hall.
Dennis Haggerty was born in Greenock and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Patricia MacMahon. He has performed extensively in Oratorio all over the country. In works such as the Christmas Oratorio by Bach with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Judas Maccabeus by Handel with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bullion’s Messe Solenelle with Glasgow University and Handels Messiah in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Dennis frequently sings the songs of Scotland on radio, television and in concert all over the world taking him to France, Greece, Norway, Spain, Russia and Canada.
The pipe band for our Aberdeen concert will be announced shortly
Catriona and Marnie Clark
Sisters Catriona and Marnie Clark are both former pupils of The Myra Shuttleworth School of Highland Dance.
Catriona, 19, has been dancing with the orchestra for over 10 years. She is currently a university student at the University of Cumbria. Her interests, apart from dancing, are playing the guitar and snare drum. She is also a talented Clarsach player and has won medals and trophies at the MOD and other music competitions.
Younger sister Marnie, 16, has been dancing with the orchestra for more than 8 years. Her other interests include playing the piano, ukulele and tenor drum. She has also recently passed her grade 7 piano exam.
Both girls also manage to find the time to be keen netball players.