City’ s sparkling cul­tural stars

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - AGENDA -

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.

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