Some of world music’s most exciting talents and three national Poets Laureate feature in the new line-up announced today by Aberdeen Performing Arts.
Three exclusive concerts bringing together musicians from Scotland and Norway are to be staged in the city’s Music Hall under Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Northern Arc banner.
“Northern Arc is fresh and exciting, creating one-off, unforgettable moments of musical collaboration. The atmosphere of expectation is incredible as two artists at the top of their game come together to create something truly special and unique,” said APA’s director of programming and creative projects, Ben Torrie.
The three concerts cover a broad spectrum of genre and style, featuring pioneering vocalists and instrumentalists, and innovative approaches to roots music incorporating elements of rock, folk, electronica and world music. Scottish musicals stars Karine Polwart, Karen Matheson and Lau are paired with Norwegian performers Sigrid Moldestad, Erlend Viko and the Valkyrien Allstars respectively in concerts on Saturday, February 7, Friday, April 3 and Saturday, June 27.
A further exclusive performance comes from three of the UK’s national poets laureate, who come together for an evening with the Laureates on Saturday, May 23 at the Music Hall. UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is joined by Scots Makar Liz Lochhead and National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke for a vivid exploration of the poetry of the nation.
Ben Torrie continued: “The prospect of three such significant writers in one place performing their work is a mouth-watering one, and it is a huge privilege to host these remarkable talents in Aberdeen in partnership with WORD and the University’s May Festival.”
The Laureates event concludes the Culture Café season of lunchtime performances by musicians and writers featuring 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year, cellist Laura van der Heijden (February 4), the Maxwell String Quartet (April 8), distinguished writer AL Kennedy (May 6), Tartan Noir author Christopher Brookmyre (March 11) and one of the most influential Scottish writers of his generation James Kelman (May 23).
These signature events are among the new shows announced by APA today with the publication of their latest brochure staging something for everyone across all genres of live performance.
At His Majesty’s Theatre, new blockbusters waiting in the wings include Cole Porter’s classic, multi-award winning musical-comedy Anything Goes (July 20 to 25) starring Shaun Williamson (EastEnders, One Man, Two Guv’nors), Kate Anthony (Coronation Street) and Olivier Award nominees Debbie Kurup (The Bodyguard) and Matt Rawle (Evita); the record-breaking sensation Dirty Dancing (September 8 to October 3) and Agatha Christie’s legendary smash-hit thriller The Mousetrap (April 28 to May 2).
For younger show-goers, there’s the chance to sing along with Disney’s beloved Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf in Singalonga Frozen, including Idina Menzel’s world famous number Let it Go! (July 10 and 11), the stage version of the BAFTA Award winning television animation Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom (July 8 and 9) and fresh from a smash-hit West End season The Tiger Who Came to Tea (August 10 and 11).
Home-grown talent comes to the fore in the annual Aberdeen Students Charities Campaign’s production the not-to-be-missed Tilly Elliot (April 22 to 25); the amazing young dancing talent of Aberdeen’s Danscentre in their showcase Velocity (June 18 to 20), while Aberdeen Opera Company celebrate their 75th anniversary year with the UK amateur premiere of Dolly Parton’s hilarious musical comedy 9 to 5 (July 1 to 4).
Adding to an already-strong comedy line-up Rick Wakeman brings his music and anecdotal wit to the Music Hall with his one-man solo show which won rave reviews at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (April 13); after three sell-out runs in London and two sell-out Edinburgh Fringe Festival stints author and comic talent David Sedaris stages his follow-up to his sell-out 2014 UK tour (June 14) and surreal comedian Noel Fielding delivers his unique brand of stand-up comedy, live animation, music and some of his best known TV characters, such as The Moon and Fantasy Man (February 9).
Tickets for the new shows go on sale to APA Friends Thursday, November 20 and to the general public on Tuesday, November 25 online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.