Big acts al­ready lined up as Mu­sic Hall re­opens with host of ac­tiv­i­ties

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Aberdeen Mu­sic Hall will to­day throw open its doors to the pub­lic for the first time in al­most three years.

The his­toric venue was closed at the start of April 2016 fol­low­ing sev­eral nights of en­ter­tain­ment, cul­mi­nat­ing with a farewell ceilidh.

The build­ing, which opened in 1882, has since un­der­gone a £9 mil­lion over­haul to se­cure its fu­ture at the heart of the city’s cul­tural life.

This morn­ing, it will burst into life once more with a huge sin­ga­long led by Fran Healey, front­man of renowned Scot­tish band Travis.

Healey will re­ceive back­ing from the Mu­sic Hall Com­mu­nity Choir as he belts out one of his band’s most recog­nis­able an­thems, Sing, which reached num­ber three in the UK charts in 2001.

A day of ac­tiv­i­ties, dubbed Step­ping In, will fol­low as peo­ple are en­cour­aged to ven­ture in­side and glimpse the sto­ried venue’s re­vamped sur­round­ings.

The Mu­sic Hall has hosted read­ings from Charles Dick­ens, com­edy from Billy Con­nolly and mu­sic from David Bowie over the years.

And stars have been lin­ing up to fol­low in their fa­mous foot­steps now that the build­ing is back in busi­ness.

Next week­end there will be per­for­mances from Texas and the Scot­tish Sym­phony Orches­tra.

Acts like Mike and The Me­chan­ics, KT Tun­stall, Papa Roach and co­me­dian Ja­son Man­ford will fol­low next year.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Aberdeen Per­form­ing Arts, Jane Spiers, said the cel­e­bra­tion to­day will shine a light on “all the tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity in the north-east”. “A group of us from my school – Old­machar Acad­emy – took part in the Rock Chal­lenge school com­pe­ti­tion and left as run­ners up.

It must have been about 15 years ago now and we all had the best time. It was and still is a great way to bring schools to­gether.” “A few years ago we had a fam­ily out­ing to see the Royal Scot­tish Na­tional Orches­tra’s Christ­mas concert, which an aunt who was vis­it­ing from Canada joined us for. The first half of the concert was the mu­sic from The Snow­man. We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing it again now the Mu­sic Hall is back open.”

Pho­to­graphs by Dar­rell Benns

IN THE SPOT­LIGHT: The stage at the re­fur­bished Mu­sic Hall.

Pupils coun­try danc­ing at the venue in 1987

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