With the multi-million pound transformation of Aberdeen’s Music Hall underway, Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is looking to the future, when the renovated auditorium will be filled with people enjoying their favourite music or watching loved ones on stage.
Now the people of the North-east have a chance to play their part in that future, thanks to a new endeavour launched by APA.
The Take a Seat campaign provides an exciting opportunity to be part of Music Hall history by naming a new seat in the refurbished auditorium.
Chairman of APA Craig Pike explained: “The Take a Seat campaign opens up the Music Hall’s new seating plan to people, giving them the chance to name a seat - or seats - of their choosing.
“The Music Hall has long been at the heart of cultural and community life in the North-east and is a big part of our cultural heritage. It’s our much loved concert hall, community resource, youth arts hub and focal point for artists and musicians - a landmark destination in the city.
“Throughout the transformation process we have looked to users of the hall to share their stories of the venue and influence the future of this fantastic building. With that in mind, it made perfect sense to launch a campaign that allows people to take on a little piece of the Music Hall for themselves.”
Every penny raised through the campaign will help APA achieve its vision for the future to keep Scotland’s concert hall in the North-east at the heart of cultural, community and civic life for generations to come.
And the very first seats to be named have been kindly sponsored by Scottish singer, actress and broadcaster Fiona Kennedy, OBE, DL, who has named a seat in her own name and a second in her husband’s name; Francis Clark.
Fiona said: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to name the first seat in the restored Music Hall auditorium. The Music Hall holds so many precious memories for me and my family, passed on from generation to generation. We’ve all enjoyed countless wonderful evenings at concerts and events – on and off stage. My father Calum Kennedy was so proud to win his Mod Gold Medal at the Music Hall in Aberdeen in 1955 and was presented with it on the stage by Her Majesty the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. I have a wonderful photograph capturing that moment which I'll always treasure.”
Craig added: “Naming a seat is a personal way for you to support the Music Hall project whether in your own name, in memory of a loved one, a gift for someone special in your life or an homage to someone who has inspired you.”
And for an unusual Christmas present and a lasting memory, a named seat in the newly restored Music Hall makes a perfect gift.
Seat prices are in two tiers. Seats can be named for £400 for one and £700 for two, or £450 for one and £800 for two. Customers can choose the inscription that appears on the plaque affixed to the seat. For more information and to enquire about naming a seat, contact Lauren O’Neill on (01224) 337640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign supporters will benefit from an inscribed plaque on their chosen seat for its lifetime, in addition to an acknowledgement on the APA website. Named persons will also be listed in the commemorative programme for the re-opening of the Music Hall, and will receive two tickets to the opening gala concert and reception and two tickets to a concert in the opening season of the Music Hall.
To date, £6.4m of the £7.9m Music Hall Transformation target has been raised. The project will create new performance, rehearsal and education spaces, upgrade the auditorium, bring the box office into the heart of the building, create a new café and social spaces and improve access with the installation of lifts and ramps.