New Season of Lunchbreak Concerts Launches

23 September 2014

This week sees the launch of the new season of Lunchbreak Concerts at Aberdeen's Cowdray Hall.

The season will feature a weekly free programme of music by some of the best local, national and international musicians.

This first concert on Thursday 25 September sees the Edinburgh Quartet, one of Britain's foremost chamber ensembles, perform String Quartet specially written for them by the celebrated composer Helen Grime. They will also perform the Mendelssohn String Quartet no. 1 in E flat Major Op. 12.

The Edinburgh Quartet is supported by Creative Scotland and their performance is preceded by a short introductory concert talk 12-12.20pm by Lunchbreak Artistic Advisor, Roger B. Williams.

Speaking about this new season of music Deirdre Grant, Head of Public Programmes said

'No other city in Scotland hosts a free admission programme such as ours which invites both amateur and professional musicians to perform. The programme brings high calibre national and international artistes to the city whilst providing an important performance platform for local musicians, including music students and school pupils'.

Artistic Advisor for the series, Roger B. Williams added:

'There are many highlights in the new season of Lunchbreak concerts including four concerts promoted by the BBC on the subject of French Song, one featuring Aberdeen born soprano, Lisa Milne. Our partnership with the sound festival continues to develop with a number of new music concerts. Regular artists such as the Edinburgh Quartet and Joseph Long, share the platform with some of Aberdeen's outstanding young musicians. With a steel orchestra from Bucksburn Academy, Scottish music from Robert Gordon's College, and the outstanding Scottish Voices, there will be sure to be something to suit every taste.

The new series also features four early evening Rush Hours concerts from 5.30-6.15pm and a number of the concerts will be preceded by short introductory talks to allow concert goers to learn more about the music and musicians.

Lunchbreak Concerts are held at 12.45pm at the Cowdray Hall unless otherwise stated. Concerts are free but donations are welcome and go directly toward supporting the performances and continuation of the Lunchbreak programme.

The Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums support the Lunchbreak Concerts by providing a sandwich lunch that can be purchased at concerts held on a Thursday.