Alasdair Hutton enthrals audience with a unique insight into ‘behind the scenes’ at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
ALASDAIR Hutton, OBE TD, the voice of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, delivered the Summer Term Loretto Lecture to a large and appreciative audience last week.
In the historic surroundings of Pinkie House’s Painted Gallery, Alasdair Hutton spoke about the history of military tattoos, then of his 24 years as writer and producer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and finished by giving as tantalising insight into what might be included in this year’s show.
Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School, said, “We are most grateful to Alasdair Hutton for delivering the Loretto Lecture. He provided a fascinating insight in to the 24 years that he has spent writing and narrating the great institution that is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.”
“Not only is Alasdair a mine of information when it comes to all things military, but it is that voice – it is so evocative. As he spoke, one could close one’s eyes and you were there on the Castle esplanade.”
The Loretto Lecture Series
The now well-established Lecture Series attracts figures from all walks of life and continues to maintain its unparalleled reputation for international guests and speakers. Recent events and speakers have included BBC Radio 4's 'Any Questions?', the return to Scotland after 425 years of Mary, Queen of Scots' Book of Hours which was reunited for one day with the crucifix she is believed to have carried to her execution, speakers such as legendary peace activist, Colin Parry, Edinburgh artist, Richard Demarco, celebrated journalist, Magnus Linklater, sometime Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, acclaimed broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch, Alistair Moffat speaking on 'Scotland's DNA', the display of The Prestonpans Tapestry and Professor Peter Davidson. Perhaps the most unique feature of the Loretto Lecture Series is the opportunity to meet, listen and to question some of the world's most famous and interesting people. The Loretto Lecture Series attracts the most well-renowned speakers from all walks of life. The Loretto Lecture is free to all and attracts many school pupils and members of the public from all over Scotland.
Set in a leafy campus just outside Edinburgh near East Lothian's coastline, Loretto provides an all‐round education for around 630 boys and girls – boarders and day pupils ‐ aged 3‐18. The School is made up of two parts: the Junior School ('The Nippers') for children aged 3‐12, and the Senior School for those aged 12‐18.
Founded in 1827 as Scotland's original boarding school, Loretto is well known for its relaxed family atmosphere, traditional values and emphasis on the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.