As plans are being drawn up to close Aberdeen’s iconic Music Hall for an ambitious £7m transformation, people are being invited to be part of its story-telling history.
For Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), the company which runs the city centre venue, is gathering stories and memories from those who have stood on its stage, sat in its dark warmth or worked behind the scenes over the decades in the history building.
To kick off this celebration of the city’s treasure store of Music Hall memories, drop in sessions are being held there on various days throughout the winter or stories can be emailed in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“As the Music Hall prepares for its exciting transformation we’d like to invite everyone to share with us their story or memory of the building - this could be a first date, the best concert you ever went to, your graduation on its stage or a funny or magical moment in time,” said APA producer Lesley Anne Rose.
“The history of the building is made up of all of the individual stories of those who have performed on its stages, worked behind the scenes and attended all kinds of concerts, comedy gigs and other performances.
“We can’t tell the story of the Music Hall without your stories, which in turn we will place against the wider history of the building, its place on Union Street and Aberdeen.”
She added: “As well as your tales from the past, we’d like to gather your hopes, dreams and wishes for the future of the building, the work programmed on its stages and the musical talent of the city and beyond.
“Join us or email us and make your story part of history and your wish part of the future.”
Some of the stories gathered will weave their way into the final performance on Friday, April 1 before the Music Hall closes and the transformation begins, as part of the Music Hall’s Lights Oot programme and APA will provide expert coaching for those who would like to tell their story themselves on the night.
Others might appear on the APA website, in print or become part of a digital legacy to share with future generations.
The drop in sessions will be held in the Music Hall café from 10am until noon on Wednesday, December 9, Saturday, December 12, Wednesday, January 20m Saturday, January 23, Wednesday February 10 and Saturday, February 13 as well as from 6pm to 8pm on two Tuesday, January 19 and February 9.
Stories filed by email, must be no more than 500 words – must be true as far as can be ascertained and the deadline for these is Tuesday, March 1.
The Your Hall | Your Story project is designed to develop live interpretation and creative learning opportunities as well as performances.
More information about the project is available on the APA website aberdeenperformingarts.com.