Avoid rush hour traffic by unwinding with a little early night music

29 November 2013

The first in a series of free rush hour concerts at Aberdeen's Cowdray Hall get under way next week with a performance by one of Scotland's finest concert pianists.

Joseph Long will perform Appassionate Sonata: Beethoven at 5.30pm on Tuesday 03 December at the Schoolhill venue.

Rush Hour concerts are new to the Lunchbreak Series - but these "tea time" performances have the same aim - to invite the audience to take time out of their busy day to relax. By the time the 45 minute show has finished the rush hour traffic will have eased in time for them to head home which is particularly useful at this time of year.

Deirdre Grant, head of public programmes, Aberdeen Art Gallery said: "The Lunchbreak series has a regular weekly audience of between 200-300 people so we are delighted to expand the series and introduce new early evening concerts to the programme.

"We are particularly pleased that Joseph Long, one of Scotland's finest pianists and a favourite with our audiences, will undertake the debut concert. We look forward to welcoming regular and new audiences to this exciting addition to our programme."

Joseph Long is a familiar face on the concert circuit in the UK. He has broadcast and recorded widely and his performances and recordings include lesser-known works alongside a more mainstream repertoire.

Joseph has held recitals, lecture-recitals and masterclasses in venues as diverse as the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, St.-Martin's-in-the-Fields in London, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Calcutta School of Music and the University of Almeria in Spain.

When not performing Joseph teaches advanced piano studies at the North East of Scotland Music School and the University of Aberdeen.