Pre­pare to be wowed as wraps come off Mu­sic Hall

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY SCOTT BEG­BIE

New im­ages of­fer a first look in­side Aberdeen’s Mu­sic Hall af­ter its £9 mil­lion trans­for­ma­tion.

Our pic­tures show some of the spec­tac­u­lar changes to the Union Street venue ahead of it re­open­ing to­mor­row, when thou­sands of peo­ple will see the re­vamped Gran­ite City in­sti­tu­tion for them­selves.

Jane Spiers, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Aberdeen Per­form­ing Arts who has spear­headed the ren­o­va­tion, hopes they will stop in their tracks and say “wow”.

She said: “There’s an ex­cite­ment build­ing and we are very much look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing peo­ple back through the doors.

“It has been an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege to de­liver the project for the city – and it does look amaz­ing.”

She added peo­ple will find a Mu­sic Hall for the next gen­er­a­tion, with new per­for­mance spa­ces, new places to eat and drink, and new learn­ing and com­mu­nity op­por­tu­ni­ties. “In gen­eral, it’s much more up­lift­ing. It’s brighter and it’s lighter.

“We’ve re­vealed win­dows where we can, we’ve re­moved solid walls and re­placed them with glass.”

Ms Spiers said the trans­for­ma­tion will be ob­vi­ous even be­fore you en­ter the build­ing with the vestibule hous­ing a mas­sive video wall – a dig­i­tal art space show­ing com­mis­sioned works.

The first will be a swirling col­lage of mem­o­ries and im­ages from the his­tory of the Mu­sic Hall.

“It will be the first thing you see,” she said.

“In fact, even from the street when you pass, you will never miss the Mu­sic Hall again, be­cause when you look in you will see this fan­tas­tic screen that dis­plays art­work, so that’s a wow fac­tor.”

One of the big re­veals will be the “beau­ti­ful” restora­tion and trans­for­ma­tion of the Mu­sic Hall’s au­di­to­rium.

“What we have cre­ated is some­where peo­ple want to be and hang around, not just in an evening but all day,” added Ms Spiers.

Jane Spiers at the re­vamped Aberdeen Mu­sic Hall

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