the state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream.

A celebration of inspirational musical impressionism, Friday 15 to Tuesday 19 March 2019

Get lost in a musical moment in time – disappear into the magical sound-world of the most breathtakingly beautiful music ever composed. The Music Hall plays host to a specially curated weekend of concerts, discussions, talks and workshops which will shine a light on the life and music of Debussy, Ravel and their contemporaries as we delve into the world of the musical impressionists.

Transport yourself to early twentieth century France with performances of impressionist masterworks by the Scottish Ensemble; explore the music that inspired Ravel with French superstar pianist Bertrand Chamayou; experience the life and loves of Claude Debussy with pianist Lucy Parham and actor Tim McInnerny a specially composed world premiere for the occasion with the orchestra of Scottish Opera; join the other kind of impressionist Alistair McGowan for an afternoon of Erik Satie-sfaction; and take a detour to Spain with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard.

There will be talks that demystify the genre, introduce the unknown impressionists, and delve a little deeper into the work of these master composers. We take a look at the topic of musical labelling with industry experts in response to Debussy’s description of the term impressionism as “idiotic”. And we showcase the wonderful talents of local young pianists with a masterclass and afternoon daydream performances.

“But music, don’t you know, is a dream from which the veils have been lifted. It’s not even the expression of a feeling, but the feeling itself” Claude Debussy

Friday 15 March 2019

‘I was under the impression’ – demystifying impressionism

Music Hall Big Sky Studio, 6.30pm

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Viva España

Music Hall Auditorium, 7.30pm

Saturday 16 March 2019


Alistair McGowan’s Erik Satie’s-Faction

Music Hall Auditorium, 1.30pm

Afternoon Daydream with ACMS Player of the Year

Music Hall Big Sky Studio, 4.30pm


‘First Impressions’ – talk on Ravel, the elegant impressionist

Music Hall Big Sky Studio, 6.30pm


Scottish Ensemble: En Reve

Music Hall Auditorium, 7.30pm

Sunday 17 March 2019

‘Making an Impression’ – Masterclass led by Lucy Parham

Music Hall Tutti Studio, 10am


Bertrand Chamayou: Miroirs

Music Hall Auditorium, 1.30pm


Afternoon Daydream with local young musicians

Music Hall Big Sky Studio, 4.30pm


Rêverie: The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy with Lucy Parham and Tim McInnerny


Tuesday 19 March 2019


Debussy’s Aberdonian Diva: Mary Garden

Music Hall Big Sky Studio, 6.30pm


Scottish Opera: The Treasures of the Humble

Music Hall Auditorium, 7.30pm

View the Rêverie brochure here.

Tickets for all Rêverie events can be obtained from the Aberdeen Performing Arts box office – in person at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre or Lemon Tree, by phone on 01224 641122, or online 24/7 at

All events, including free ones, are ticketed.

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Or how about buying our DREAM TICKET, all 6 Reverie concerts for £85, plus 15% off in Rondo Restaurant and Coda Café Bar throughout the festival, and an invitation to our Reverie drinks reception.

Looking for somewhere to stay while in Aberdeen?

We recommend the Sandman Hotel, Hilton Double Tree, Copthorne Hotel and Skene House Apartments.