Classic cars to daffodils to music heralds Spring at Brodie

Alexander Chapman Campbell (pic: Hugh Carswell)
Alexander Chapman Campbell (pic: Hugh Carswell)

A SERIES OF events this month should bring music lovers, walkers and classic car enthusiasts flocking to Brodie Castle.

Hot on the heels of a highly successful series over the Easter holiday, the National Trust for Scotland site has organised a major music recital, guided tours through the famous daffodil collection and a visit by a classic car tour.

Alexander Chapman Campbell, one of the UK’s most exciting and original composers, will be presenting a Piano Recital of his work at the 16th century castle on April 22 at 7.30pm.

Alexander Chapman Campbell’s debut album for solo piano, “Sketches of Light”, has appeared across radio and TV, featured on several chart-topping compilation albums and continues to enchant listeners around the world.

It was also chosen as “Album of the Week” on ClassicFM’s Drive it, creating a huge amount of interest that resulted in it soaring into the charts.

In March 2016 the 27-year-old composer released his second collection for solo piano, “Portraits of Earth”.  His music has been described as “not jazz, not classical, not improvised, but a glimpse of something new…” and his second album only deepens this enigma.

Tickets for the recital can be purchased online at

On April 23 and 24 the famous daffodil collection will go on show through guided walks. The historic estate currently hosts and jointly manages the National Collection of Brodie Daffodils with the voluntary organisation Plant Heritage.

The Brodie daffodils were bred by Ian Brodie, 24th Laird of Brodie, at the castle in the 1920s and 30s. They were among 180 unique cultivars named by the laird, some of which have since been lost to cultivation – 110 of these can still be found blooming in the grounds. Walks take place between 10.30 and 4pm on both days.

April will end at the Castle with a visit on April 28 by the HERO Scottish Malts Classic Reliability Trial and Classic Car Tour.

The premier classic car event in Scotland, now in its 15th year, the tour will visit Brodie Castle for a morning stopover and time control.

Over eighty cars ranging from a 1928 Bentley Van den Plas to a 1983 Fiat 124 Spidereuropa will be arriving from 10.10am until 11.20am, with the cars lining up in front of the castle. Castle tours will be available from 10.30am until 12 noon.