Excitement builds across the city as Aberdeen’s much loved Music Hall gets set to open its doors to the public, and schools and community groups prepare to take centre stage.
The opening celebrations on 8 December mark the culmination of an award winning programme of Stepping Out projects, designed to engage communities in projects inspired by the Music Hall and keep the spirit alive during closure.
The Stepping Out programme was given public recognition at the Northern Star Business Awards last month when Aberdeen Performing Arts scooped the Making the Difference Award presented to ‘a company with a big heart’ in recognition of the hugely positive impact on communities of the Stepping Out programme
Aberdeen Performing Arts Chief Executive Jane Spiers said, “We were thrilled to win the Northern Star Business Making the Difference Award for the Stepping Out community programme. The Music Hall project is about much more than bricks and mortar. The Music Hall has been at the heart of cultural, community and civic life in the North-east for nearly two centuries and the Stepping In re-opening will be a home grown celebration of community, talent and creativity.”
Groups from all over the city will be participating in the opening celebrations on Saturday December 8, including young people from all over Aberdeen city and shire, as part of the Year of Young People 2018. This year, Scotland puts its young people in the spotlight, showcasing their achievements and contributions, celebrating their talents and creating new opportunities for them to shine.
Young people from Orchard Brae ASN School have been working with musician and composer Abi Sinar from Drake Music Scotland, since September 2018 to create a world premiere performance for the re-opening. Drake Music provides music making opportunities for people with disabilities using new technologies.
Children from Gilcomstoun Primary School and Nursery have been taking part in an intergenerational project with Scottish Opera. Along with older adults from Aberdeen City Council Creative Learning groups, as well as residents from Rosewell House and Fergus House Care Homes, the children have been spending time together on a special project called