Special concert to celebrate music at the Cowdray Hall

23 February 2015

A special concert of jazz, folk, classical and Scottish music will be held from 1pm on Saturday 28 February to celebrate music at the Cowdray Hall.

The free concert will be the last of the Lunchbreak series to be held in the venue until winter 2017 while work goes ahead on the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall.

The redevelopment work will see Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall close from Monday 02 March [2015].

The line-up for the two-hour show reflects Lunchbreak's unique mix of old and new, established artists, newcomers, and professionals, both visiting and local. Performers include Harlaw Academy Jazz Band, Lisa Abraham, Isabella Clapperton, Roger B. Williams, Margaret Preston, Nicola Auchnie, Alison Kinnaird, Joseph Long, Paul Tierney and Frank Robb and Friends.

Lunchbreak Artistic Advisor Roger B. Williams said: "I am delighted that we are to have a special concert to mark the start of the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall. Some of the great variety of our regular Lunchbreak concerts will be reflected in the programme with piano music, songs, jazz and contemporary folk, and with a special appearance of Alison Kinnaird, Scotland's leading harpist."

Christine Rew, Art Gallery & Museums Manager, said: "This is a very exciting period in the history of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall. Our redevelopment project will rejuvenate and transform the Art Gallery complex. It will see the sensitive upgrading of the Cowdray Hall and integrate it more effectively with the gallery, creating new opportunities for visitors to engage in both art and music."

Cowdray Hall is one of the city's most popular concert venues accentuated by its superb acoustics. Opened in 1925 by King George V, it has played host to a range of musical events and activities over the years including the city's successful weekly Lunchbreak concerts. These concert series bring high calibre national and international performers to the city whilst providing an important performance platform for local musicians, including music students and school pupils.

During the building work at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall there will be a continuing programme of art and music at Aberdeen Maritime Museum and The Tolbooth Museum. Collections will also be seen at other venues in the city and shire and will go on loan to other organisations in the UK and abroad.

The Cowdray Hall's Lunchbreak concerts will have a new temporary home at the Aberdeen Citadel, with several concerts also taking place at St. Andrews Cathedral.

The first concert at Aberdeen Citadel will be a performance by The Libertadores String Quartet from Venezuela at 12.45pm on Thursday 05 March.