Aberdeen Performing Arts is a vibrant, cultural hub at the heart of city life inspiring, exploring and engaging through live performances and creative projects. Creating A Spark in the North-east with our homegrown shows and productions.

We’re bringing two of the UK’s most exciting artists to Aberdeen and they want to work with you!

The Associate Artist Programme is a new initiative for Aberdeen Performing Arts, inviting artists to work in residence at the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree. The programme seeks to unite local musicians/composers/creatives from different artforms with the artists with the aim of nurturing and developing Aberdeen’s creative scene; while also supporting the artists in developing their own practice and creating new work.

The theme for the 2015 residencies is ‘CONNECT’ – exploring all things that attach, hook up, relate, marry, unite and meld with other things, people or places, using sound, language and performance.

“There’s only one type of music and that’s good music, no matter what genre it is.”
and this year we are joined by two diametrically different artists, Aidan O’Rourke and Jason Singh to help us investigate this idea with the local community.

Aidan O’Rourke Is both a“dazzling fiddler” (Scotland on Sunday), and an “unfailingly strong and imaginative” composer (The List). He stands at the centre of the modern Scottish folk music revival and in February 2014 he was named ‘Musician of the Year’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Jason Singh is a musician, composer, sound artist and workshop facilitator. Known predominately for his work as a vocal sculptor and beatboxer, Singh’s sound and music output is generated through his ongoing exploration of the human voice and its application to art, music technology, education, nature and the environment.

The project is just kicking off and the starting point will be a series of Intro gigs at the start of June. If you would like an invite to these to find out more, please email the project coordinator, Nicola Henderson.

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Sarah Rose Graber: Serendipity

If you thought good fortune in your life is all down to chance, then we invite you think again.  Performer, director, and teaching artist Sarah Rose Graber will be spending time at The Lemon Tree in October, developing a new piece of work exploring the question - is good fortune just luck, or is it a state of mind? Sarah Rose’s many studies include researching theatre for social change and she’ll be working with Mel Woods, Reader at the University of Dundee and founding member of Girl Geeks who Scotland has recently completed a major research award, RCUK SerenA, investigating serendipity, through design prototypes to support information discovery, creativity and innovation.


Thursday 29 October 6pm, The Lemon Tree, Studio, free event
Tonight Sarah Rose will present a show of work, explain all that she has uncovered so far and invite you to test serendipity in your life. This event is free and unticketed. Simply come along on the night.