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Stepping in to 2019 at Aberdeen Music Hall

On Saturday 15 December, the Opening Concert will be staged at Aberdeen’s historic and much-loved Music Hall.

The BBC Scottish Symphony will be joined for this special performance by conductor Alpesh Chauhan, beginning with the festive delights of Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite, and concluding with Sibelius’ epic Symphony No.2. Plus, pianist Freddy Kempf will perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto. 

It's a big moment for the venue, which officially re-opened its doors to the public on December 8 with a joyful day of Stepping In community celebrations, featuring a special appearance from Travis frontman Fran Healy.

The ambitious redevelopment project has seen the 200 year-old venue undergo extensive excavations below ground to create a new lower ground floor, freeing up space for a new performance studio, new creative learning studio, new café bar, restaurant and re-located box office.

The works have also included significant excavations and interventions to improve access from street to seat, including new lifts and ramps to allow everyone, including people with restricted mobility, to access all levels from basement to balcony for the first time in the building’s history.

The entrance to the Music Hall has also been transformed with a floor to ceiling video screen exhibiting digital art.

Plus, the Music Hall auditorium has been lovingly restored with new flooring, staging, seating, decoration.

Now that the paint is dry, there's one big question left to ask: what's coming up for the newly opened venue in 2019?

Here are just a few highlights to whet your appetite. Full event listings can be found at aberdeenperformingarts.com/whats-on/.

Saturday 19 January 2019: Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) - Mozart Horn Concerto No 4

Conductor Reinhard Goebel leads a concert dedicated to the genius that is Mozart, and his friends.

The SCO's own award-winning Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill presents the irresistible Horn Concerto No 4 on Natural Horn, and Mozart’s richly scored, dignified and noble orchestral interlude from Idomeneo also features, reflecting the opera’s central theme of averted disaster and final harmonious conclusion.

The concert also includes music by Mozart’s close friend Michael Haydn and a short work by his father Leopold.

Monday 21 January 2019: Big Sky: Big Horizons - Janice Galloway

Meet prize winning author and master storyteller Janice Galloway at the top of her craft. At this event, she'll be talking about Jellyfish – a collection of exquisite, exhilarating stories.

Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 January 2019: Four Go Wild in Wellies

From Indepen-dance4, Scotland’s inclusive professional dance company, comes this touring production.

Expect a whimsical adventure for age 3+, featuring bobble hats, scarves, tents that have a life of their own and, of course, lots of fun in wellies.

Friday 22 February: Granite Noir: Exploring the Shared Heritage of Scotland and Bengal

Writer Abir Mukherjee hosts this event, with special guests. The child of immigrants from India, Abir brought up in the West of Scotland. The FT calls his novels "taut historical crime fiction thriller(s) that also interrogate the Imperial legacy".

He started writing "to explore that shared history between Britain and India which... has made such a great impact on the country we live in and the values we share".

Friday 8 March: KT Tunstall

Following three sold out intimate rock club shows this September, Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer and songwriter KT Tunstall will be performing at Aberdeen Music Hall this spring.

Thursday 14 March: RSNO - The Music of Harry Potter

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra invites muggles and magic folk alike to join them as Hollywood Conductor Richard Kaufman waves his wand to bring the magical music of the wondrous world of Harry Potter to life.

Saturday 20 April: Eddi Reader

The Scottish singer-songwriter, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career, plays live.

Friday 17 May: Heather Small

Known to many as The Voice of M People, Heather Small is a quintessentially British institution. She's touring this May.

Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 May: Little Top

A magical first circus experience for babies aged 0–18 months and their adults. Little Top will transport you to a playful, joyous, upside down, topsyturvy world where people can fly, patterns fill the air and anything is possible.

This article was published on 14 Dec 2018