City’ s sparkling cultural stars
Light from two of the brightest stars in Aberdeen’s cultural firmament has been entirely dimmed of late.
The Art Gallery and Music Hall are among the most celebrated institutions in the north-east, indeed in Scotland.
Recent years have found both covered in scaffolding and boards, part-forgotten during major works.
So the casting off of the first of these shrouds and the revelation of a future as bright as the past is a moment for civic celebration.
A first glimpse inside the rejuvenated Music Hall reveals the sort of “wow factor” the city is searching for to stimulate the region’s prospects.
The list of acts queueing up to be among the first to take back to the famous stage tells its own story about the pride the city should feel in it.
Work remains to be done – and cash raised – before both grande dames of the Granite City are sparkling in tandem again.
But these feel very much like the opening notes of a very popular new symphony.