Yes. The funding we have received from The Heritage Lottery Fund is towards restoration and renovation. Our category A listed historic Music Hall is an important part of Aberdeen and Scotland's unique cultural heritage and is something for the city to be proud of. This project is very much about revealing the classic beauty of the hall and peeling away some of the dated interventions over the years.
Where there are to be new interventions and modifications, for example to create a new staircase leading from the promenade to the balcony, the design philosophy will be to take a contemporary approach, complimenting and contrasting with the period character of the hall.
The Music Hall’s wonderful acoustics are renowned and admired far and wide. Not only are the acoustics recognised by our loyal audiences, but also by those on stage such as Conductor Sir John Barbirolli, who said: “nowhere is there a hall which has perfect acoustics such as this. This is a beautiful place – a place in which to make music”. The acoustics are central to this national treasure and grade ‘A’ listed Music Hall, and of the utmost importance to us to carefully retain during the Transformation project.
The Transformation project began with the appointment of Building Design Partnership (BDP) in 2013 who, alongside ourselves, have been working closely with a team of specialist acousticians and will continue to do so throughout the restoration and redevelopment project. The acousticians have undertaken site inspections and baseline surveys to measure and benchmark the existing acoustic conditions in order to retain the acoustic in the concert hall, and where possible improve the acoustic throughout the venue. This has been supplemented by acoustic prediction modelling in the main concert hall to determine suitable finishes. Survey measurements and design advice have included consideration of:
> Sound insulation (airborne and impact)
> Ventilation noise
> Room acoustics and reverberation times
> Plant noise limits
The Transformation will give us more flexible staging, a new performance space and upgrades to artist accommodation. This will mean that we are more competitive and in an even better position to attract a diverse and high quality range of concerts and events to Aberdeen and the North-east. A strength of the Music Hall programme is its sheer diversity and we intend to build on that. We are also planning to add to the programme with more daytime and late night events in our new 100 seat performance space, more events and activities for young people, children and families and more international programmes.
The Transformation of the Music Hall will vastly improve the experience for audiences and performers. It will attract new audiences who are discovering the Music Hall for the first time. There will be more participatory events and activities for young people in our new creative learning studio and more daytime events for older audiences. There will be more opportunity for businesses to host corporate events and meetings.
We will be as busy as ever and from May 2016, the Music Hall is Stepping Out around the city! Our other venues, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree will step in to host some concerts and events too. We see this as a fantastic opportunity to take arts projects and activities into communities – village halls, church halls, community centres, youth clubs, and outdoors - and introduce the Music Hall to new audiences.
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.
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