Aberdeen Music Hall has reopened after undergoing a £9 million transformation.
The restoration and renovation of the 200 year old concert venue, led by arts charity Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), includes new staging, seating, technical upgrades and refurbished artist accommodation backstage.
APA chief executive Jane Spiers said: “Finally the moment has come to say welcome back to the Music Hall, lovingly renovated, re-imagined and once again at the heart of cultural and community life.
“We are so proud to deliver the transformed Music Hall for the city. It has been a labour of love for the team over the last two and a half years.”
An ongoing fundraising campaign to help meet the cost of the project has seen 34 investors, 20 business sponsors, 9 trusts and foundations, and 5 public sector partners pledge their support, as well as donations from countless volunteers.
Aberdeen City Council invested £3 million in the project.
Co Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “The revamped Music Hall will join the redeveloped Art Gallery and the new £330m TECA complex in playing an integral part supporting the delivery of the city’s ambitious Aberdeen 365 event programme, a year round programme of world class events, festivals and performances which make the city a vibrant and exciting place to visit and experience.”
Travis frontman Fran Healy led the Music Hall Community Choir in a rendition of the band’s hit “Sing” to conclude the re-opening on December 8.
The formal opening will take this weekend with two exclusive concerts.
On Saturday the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will perform a programme that includes Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, and Sibelius’ second symphony. And on Sunday iconic Scottish band Texas will take to the stage.
Photograph shows: (left to right) Councillor Marie Boulton, Fran Healy, Jane Spiers and Aberdeen City Council Co Leaders Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden.