There is just over a week to go until the Music Hall closes its doors for a magnificent multi-million transformation, and Aberdeen Performing Arts has created a truly memorable programme of events to mark the occasion.
Lights Oot will raise the rafters at the Music Hall for three nights from Thursday, with intimate special events celebrating the venue’s past, present and future, and the people who have made it what it is today.
Lights Oot: Connected, on Thursday evening marks the conclusion of a 6 month associate artist project in the city led by musicians Aidan O' Rourke and Jason Singh, who will take to the stage with local musicians and project participants in a celebration of creativity. The concert begins at 7.30pm at the Music Hall, tickets are free but should be booked in advance.
Lights Oot:Your Hall Your Story, on Friday at 7.30pm is a special one off performance that celebrates the Music Hall’s past and hopes for its future, all told through the stories and memories that have been shared with us. Many of the stories will be told by those people themselves. Some funny, some inspiring, many unbelievable, but all true and all set against the bigger picture of the history of the Music Hall. Expect a peek behind the scenes, poetry from our Youth Theatre and a rare opportunity to hear the magnificent organ being played. Tales from those who have worked, performed or simply been inspired in the building will be brought to life through film, photographs and music. You might even get the chance to share your story on the night! The evening will be compered by Robert Lovie and directed by Douglas Irvine, both sons of the North-east.
On Saturday the celebrations will culminate with the Lights Oot: Hootanany ceilidh featuring the Scottish Ceilidh Allstars. The evening will conclude with the premiere of a brand new music commission, Hibernation,written for the occasion by associate artists Aidan O’Rourke and Jason Singh.
APA’s Chief Executive Jane Spiers said: “The Music Hall has been at the heart of cultural life in The North-east for nearly two centuries. We would like to welcome everyone to come and join us in celebrating the past, present and future of this wonderful concert hall.
“The £7million transformation project will re-imagine, re-invigorate and breathe new life into the Music Hall, ensuring it will continue to inspire and amaze audiences and artists for decades to come.
“We will be renovating and restoring the Music Hall's beautiful auditorium, creating a new performance studio, new creative learning space, new box office and reception and resolving long standing access issues by installing new lifts and ramps. For the first time, everyone, including people with restricted mobility, will be able to enter the building from the grand granite steps on Union Street and access the balcony.”
With the closure of the Music Hall comes the launch of the venue’s ‘Stepping Out’ programme, ensuring that audiences can continue to enjoy live music, comedy, dance and orchestral performances at other APA venues and partner venues.
Tickets for the Music Hall’s closing events are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.
Tickets for all APA events, including Stepping Out events, are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall (until April 2) and His Majesty's Theatre. Tickets will be available from the new Box Office located at The Lemon Tree from April 4.
To donate to the Music Hall Transformation, visit www.aberdeenperformingarts.com and click on “Music Hall Transformation: Donate Now”.