Enjoy a little lunchbreak music as new series begins

26 September 2012

A new season of free Lunchbreak Concerts starts at 12.45pm tomorrow [Thursday 27 September] at the Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill, Aberdeen.

The first concert will be a performance by the Edinburgh Quartet performing Opus 33 Quartet no.1 by Haydn followed by Quartet in F minor Op. 80 by Mendelssohn. This concert is supported by Creative Scotland.

Ahead of the performance quartet members will give a 20-minute talk on classical structure from 12noon to 12.20pm.

There will be four short introductory talks before performances in what is a new feature in the concert series. The talks will focus on music styles and composers from medieval chant, through to jazz to cutting-edge modern music.

The association with the sound festival continues this year with a return of the Primrose Piano Quartet, Madeleine Mitchell with a first performance of the work by the composer David Matthews, the international pianist Rolf Hind and John McLeod with his new work Fearful Tales.

Piano recitals will feature Emmanuel Voigt, the University of Aberdeen's Ogston Music Prize winner, Derek Buchan and Joseph Long.

In the New Year there will be a recital to celebrate the works of Robert Burns and in the springtime concerts will focus on the cello, with a true international flavour. A recital for viola de gamba and harpsichord will feature musicians from Basle, Malgorata Sek from Poland, Angela Stephenson from Holland and Niall Brown from Luxembourg.

Young musicians set to perform in this series include players from the North East of Scotland Music School, Aberdeen City Music School, St Margaret's School for Girls and Albyn Academy, musicians of Robert Gordon's College, and a piano recital by the brilliant student Artem Akopyan of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

A recital will also be held in honour of musician, Donald Hawksworth who was a regular Lunchbreak performer. The season will be completed with flautist Margaret Preston, a song recital by Frauke Jurgensen, and the annual visit to St Nicholas Kirk for a celebration of the Feast of St Athanasius.

Dr Roger B Williams MBE (University of Aberdeen) and artistic adviser to Aberdeen's Lunchbreak Concerts series said: "I am delighted to welcome back the Lunchbreak Concerts at the Cowdray Hall, which once again promises a superb programme of music from local, national and international musicians."

All concerts start at 12.45pm unless otherwise stated and last approximately 45 minutes. For more information telephone the Cowdray Hall on (01224) 523671 or visit www.aagm.co.uk

The concerts are free although donations are welcome which go directly towards supporting the performances and ensuring the continuation of the Lunchbreak programme.

A sandwich lunch provided by the Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums can be purchased on a Thursday only. This series of concerts is generously supported by Vibrant Aberdeen.