While the building is under wraps we’ve created a busy events programme taking Music Hall gigs, concerts and comedy into our two other APA venues – His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree - and around the city.

Over the two year period of the Music Hall’s closure, we’re commissioning five Associate Artists and three Emerging Artists to create work inspired by the building and its history, deliver inspiring workshops for young people around Aberdeen, and delight us all at their Pop-Up Unplugged events.


Associate Artists


Watercolour Music: Nick Turner and Mary Ann Kennedy: Sound Artists
Watercolour Music's studios in Lochaber have been at the heart of a huge range and number of recordings, many of them award-winners. The Studios are run by husband and wife team Nick Turner and Mary Ann Kennedy (www.watercolourmusic.co.uk) and they are working with emerging sound artist Bea Dawkins. | For more information, see Pop Up Unplugged: New Music with Nick Turner & Ann Kennedy


Maya Chowdhry and Sarah Hymas: Written and Spoken Word
Writers and artists Maya Chowdhry and Sarah Hymas are both highly experienced writers and workshops leaders whose work has been widely commissioned, published and performed. Maya and Sarah are mentoring emerging writer Connor Legget. For more information, see Pop Up Unplugged: Augmenting Editions


Sara Stroud: Film
Sara Stroud is a moving image practitioner and lecturer based in Aberdeen. She’s worked on commissions around the world before returning to the North-east. Sara is teaming up with emerging filmmaker Jakub Sirkowski.


Pop-up Unplugged programme

As part of ongoing programming, APA commissions sound artists, musicians and performers to perform small-scale, low-tech events in public spaces and venues across the city and beyond. Some of these form part of the Stepping Out programme, others part of our New Voices series.



Watercolour Music,
Thursday 29 September | Underdog



Akiha Den
Thursday 15 September | Underdog

Playing Aberdeen, 1601
Wednesday 19 October | Underdog

There are so many ways that you can support the Music Hall Transformation and help secure its place at the heart of city life for generations. Help us reach our goal and be part of the excitement.