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Join us on 8th December to celebrate the re-opening of Aberdeen’s much loved, historic Music Hall following a £9m transformation.

Doors open at 9.30am with free entry all day to a packed programme of performances and activities from local communities across the North-east who have been participating in the award winning Music Hall ‘Stepping Out’ programme during closure.

Travis frontman Fran Healy will make a special appearance to lead the 100 strong Music Hall community choir in a performance of the iconic song ‘Sing.’

Join in our Big Sing, be amazed at our new digital artspace with its floor to ceiling video wall and first commission Meet Me at the Music Hall by Iso Design, enjoy a slice of our giant Music Hall cake, come along and meet our Music Hall Babies and Young Ambassadors, listen to our young musicians from Orchard Brae with Drake Music Scotland and our intergenerational project Spinning Songs with pupils from Gilcomstoun School and Scottish Opera

Don’t miss the ‘In Love in the Music Hall’ exhibition, 12 poems commissioned from leading UK poets, inspired by music and illustrated by Andrew Cranston.  Enjoy our new touch screen story of the Music Hall ‘The Walls Have Ears’ and Forget Me Not, Sara Stroud’s digital carousel playing Music Hall stories, memories and memorabilia on 12 revolving mini screens.

And more…aerial artists, face painting, caricature artist, living statue, storytelling, Victorian photographer, performances from APA youth theatre, sound, Citymoves and Big Noise Torry.

That’s not all! We’ll be introducing our new food and beverage facilities at the Music Hall.  Enjoy pre-concert dining on our beautiful new restaurant Rondo or visit the Coda Café Bar, the perfect place to relax for drinks, coffee and cake, affogatos, light bites and sharing platters.

Stepping In Programme (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD):


Music Hall opening concerts onsale from 26/10/18


Sunday 9th December

Evening Express Carol Concert

Start Time: 7.30pm

Hundreds of young people take to the stage for the Evening Express 50th anniversary Carol Concert.


Saturday 15th December

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Ft Alice Sara Ott

Start Time: 7:30pm

Music Hall Opening Concert: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is joined by stellar classical pianist Alice Sara Ott and internationally renowned conductor Alpesh Chauhan.


Sunday 16th December


Doors: 7pm

Iconic Scottish band Texas will take to the stage led by charismatic singer Sharleen Spiteri.



Thursday 20th December

Phil Cunninghams Christmas Songbook

Start Time: 7:30pm

Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook featuring Karen Matheson and Eddi Reader.


Click here to book tickets for our opening concerts (Onsale 26/10/18) and see our full programme of events in 2019.

Keep an eye out for further updates on the Stepping Out events at aberdeenperformingarts.com, on our Facebook and Twitter pages and in the Evening Express and Press and Journal.

Welcome back to the Music Hall.  It’s the best Christmas present ever!


Stepping In joins the celebration for Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 with young people taking centre stage in the festivities for the reopening of the Music Hall. This year, Scotland puts its young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, achievements, contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine. The Year of Young People 2018 is a year-long programme of events and activities that will give young people the opportunity to show the world what they are made of.



Aberdeen’s category 'A' listed Music Hall has been undergoing a multi-million pound Transformation since Spring 2016. The remainder of 2018 is set to be very busy, with fundraising and creative learning projects ramping up in preparation for the re-opening in December.

Watch, click and read on to find out more!


There are so many ways that you can support the Music Hall Transformation and help secure its place at the heart of city life for generations. Help us reach our goal and be part of the excitement.