LUNCHBREAK CONCERTS 2017/18

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Various venues throughout the city

Concert

21/09/2017 - 26/04/2018
12.45-1.30pm, unless otherwise stated

Welcome to Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums’ 2017/18 season of Lunchbreak Concerts.

During the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall we have enjoyed presenting this much-loved concert series in a variety of city centre venues. We are particularly grateful to our hosts at the Citadel for providing us with a home from home, and to all the partners who have worked with us to present such a diverse programme. We are indebted to our Artistic Advisor, Dr Roger B Williams MBE, who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the 2017/18 Lunchbreak Concert season encompasses an impressive range of talent and musical genres.

We are enthusiastically planning for our return to the Cowdray Hall. At the bottom of this page you will find details of our Musical Chairs appeal. If you are a regular attender, or simply enjoy the occasional lunchtime musical interlude, we do hope that you will consider supporting the Inspiring Art and Music redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Remembrance Hall by donating to this appeal.

See the full programme below or click on the image below to download a pdf version.

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During the redevelopment of the Cowdray Hall and Aberdeen Art Gallery, Lunchbreak Concerts are being held in Aberdeen Citadel at 12.45pm, unless otherwise stated. There are 20-minute introductory talks before some of the concerts, starting at 12 noon.

We are delighted to present this concert series free of charge. We actively encourage donations, which will help ensure that we can continue to offer, in the words of one concert-goer, this "fantastic feature of the Aberdeen music scene."

 

September

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 21 September, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
WILLIAM GRAY (Piano)
FREYA HALL (Violin)

A programme of Romances from Eastern Europe to include music by Chopin, Szymanowski and Rachmaninov.
Read a review of this concert


ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 28 September, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
AMANDA BABINGTON (Baroque Violin)
CLAIRE BABINGTON (Baroque Cello)
ROGER B WILLIAMS (Harpsichord)

Music by Corelli, Handel and Vivaldi.

October

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 5 October, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
MUSICIANS FROM THE NORTH EAST OF SCOTLAND MUSIC SCHOOL
This renowned centre of music tuition in Aberdeen city centre serves the whole of the North East of Scotland as well as the Highlands and Islands.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 12 October, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
EDINBURGH QUARTET
Mozart: String Quartet No.20 in D Major K499
Concert talk with Roger Williams 12.00-12.20pm

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 19 October, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
JOSEPH LONG (Piano)
Schubert: Four Impromptus
Concert talk with Joseph Long 12.00-12.20pm

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 26 October, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
COLIN BROCKIE (Baritone)
JEREMY COLEMAN (Piano)

Fresh from Glyndebourne, Ellon's rising opera star performs Stanford's Songs of the Sea and songs by Dibdin, Ireland and Head.
Concert talk with Roger Williams 12.00-12.20pm

ABERDEEN MARITIME MUSEUM
Saturday 28 October, 10am - 11.30am
PROMENADE CONCERT
Our popular family-friendly promenade concert starts with rowies and refreshments before progressing through the Museum to discover three short new music performances from musicians including Lesley Wilson (Bassoon) and Zoe Martlew (Cello).
In association with soundfestival

ST MACHAR'S CATHEDRAL
Saturday 28 October, 1pm - 1.45pm
EDINBURGH QUARTET
Geoff Palmer: String Quartet No.6: for Max 2017*
Alasdair Nicolson: String Quartet No.3
*Co-commissioned by St Magnus International Festival and sound
soundconversation following the concert
In association with soundfestival

November

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 2 November, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
FRAUKE JURGENSEN (Soprano)
CLAIRE BABINGTON (Cello)
NATHAN BISSETTE (Lute)

Geoff Palmer: Unidentified Edges UK Premiere
Dowland: 17th century songs
soundconversation at 12pm
In association with soundfestival

ST ANDREW'S CATHEDRAL
Saturday 4 November, 12 noon
NEW MUSIC FOR BASSOON LED BY LESLEY WILSON
Sonia Allori: Fall From Grace World Premiere*
Pete Stollery: You're a Fisherman's Bassoon World Premiere
Eddie McGuire: Lament
Liza Lim: Axis Mundi for solo bassoon
*Commissioned by sound with support from soundbytes investors
soundconversation following the concert
In association with soundfestival

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 9 November, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
CHRISTINA MCMASTER (Piano)
Meredith Monk: Ellis Island
Debussy: Études Book 1
Phillip Glass: Étude No.9
soundconversation at 12 noon
In association with soundfestival

THE ANATOMY ROOMS
Saturday 11 November, 1pm
PASCAL GALLOIS (Bassoon)
György Kurtág : Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval
Toshio Hosokawa: Sen VII
György Kurtág: Kroó György in memoriam
Berio: Sequenza XII
In association with soundfestival

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 16 November, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
FEARGUS HETHERINGTON (Violin)
LLIAM PATERSON (Piano)

Rory Boyle: Lament
John McLeod: The Song of Icarus
Bartok: Rhapsody 2
Concert talk with John McLeod 12.00-12.20pm

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 23 November, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
LISA MILNE (Soprano)
ROGER B WILLIAMS (Piano)

Internationally acclaimed soprano Lisa Milne performs Arie antiche and Debussy's Arrietes Oubliées.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 30 November, 12.45-1.30pm
ROBERT GORDON'S COLLEGE
A varied programme by young musicians from Robert Gordon's College, where music making plays a central role in the life of the school.

December

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 7 December, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
ABERDEEN CITY MUSIC SCHOOL
Senior pupils from this national specialist music schools based at Dyce Academy present a varied programme of solos, duets and chamber ensembles in a variety of genres.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 14 December, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
CAROLS FOR ALL
Jeremy Coleman (Piano) and Roger B Williams (Director) share Christmas cheer with an irresistible programme of traditional carols.

NORTHFIELD CHURCH
Friday 15 December, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
CAROLS FOR ALL
Jeremy Coleman (Piano) and Roger B Williams (Director) share Christmas cheer with an irresistible programme of traditional carols.

January

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Saturday 6 January, 2pm (1hr)
FAMILY CONCERT with SONSIE MUSIC
Come flying through the sky on a magical musical starlicht journey of storytelling, twinkles and song for 3-6 year olds and their families. With live clarinet music and the chance to find your Dad's lost keys! Written and performed by Joanna Nicholson. Suitable for - absolutely everyone (maybe not astrophysicists).

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 11 January, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
LUKE DANIELS
Beautiful songs and intriguing instrumental music performed by award-winning singer and composer, Luke Daniels, with his Electrophon machine which combines Victorian clockwork engineering with digital audio.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 18 January, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
ABERDEEN YOUTH JAZZ BAND
This talented ensemble drawn from across Aberdeen City Council secondary schools showcase their advanced improvisation skills in a programme of music from different eras.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 25 January, 12.45pm -1.30pm
ABERDEEN STRATHSPEY AND REEL SOCIETY
Celebrate the Bard's birthday with tunes associated with or inspired by Robert Burns.

February

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 1 February, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
ABERDEEN YOUTH PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Advanced percussion students from Aberdeen City Council's Instrumental Music Service present a colourful variety of pieces performed on a range of instruments.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 8 February, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
RICHARD MICHAEL (Jazz Piano)
Music by George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 15 February, 12.45pm - 1.30pm

NIALL BROWN (Cello)
ISABELLE TRÜB (Piano)

Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano Op.65 in g minor

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 22 February, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
YOUNG MUSICIANS FROM ST MARGARET'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
Instrumentalists and singers from St Margaret's School for Girls.

March

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 1 March, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
ROSS CUMMING (Baritone)
Ogston Prize Winner, University of Aberdeen

Music by Butterworth, Vaughan Williams and Mozart.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 8 March, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
EDINBURGH QUARTET
Dvorak: String Quartet No.14 in A-flat Major Op.105
Concert talk with Roger Williams 12.00-12.20pm

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 15 March, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
ABERDEEN CITY MUSIC SERVICE SOLOISTS
Up-and-coming musical stars from Aberdeen City Council schools in a programme of varied instruments and genres.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 22 March, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
CAMILLI QUARTET
A welcome return for this popular string quartet of former students of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, who perform Schubert's String Quartet No.13 in a minor, Rosamunde.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 29 March, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
PAUL TIERNEY (Baritone)
ROGER B WILLIAMS (Piano)

Britten: Songs and Proverbs of William Blake
Concert talk with Paul Tierney and Roger Williams 12.00-12.20pm

April

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Saturday 7 April, 2pm (1hr)
FAMILY CONCERT: THE BEAR AND THE PIANO
A special family concert based on David Litchfield's award-winning picture book, The Bear and the Piano.
With Margaret Hearne (Narrator), Margaret Preston (Flute), Pandy Arthur (Soprano) and Roger B Williams (Piano).

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 12 April, 12.45pm - 1.30pm
JOSEPH LONG (Piano)
Beethoven: Pathétique Sonata Op.78 and Bagatelles Op.90
Concert talk with Joseph Long 12.00-12.20pm

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 19 April, 12.45pm -1.30pm
BIG NOISE TORRY
Inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema movement, Big Noise brings top class professional musicians to communities where children learn to play together in life-changing orchestras. Big Noise Torry, established in 2015, perform works by Handel and Elgar.

ABERDEEN CITADEL
Thursday 26 April, 12.45-1.30pm
EDINBURGH QUARTET
Mozart: String Quartet No.14 in G Major K387
Concert talk with Roger Williams 12.00 - 12.20pm

 


#IAM Making My Mark
In the 1885 Aberdeen Art Gallery was founded by visionary individuals who gave their time, money and works of art for the benefit of the city. In 1925 the Cowdray Hall was added, together with the Remembrance Hall, funded largely by public subscription. These much-loved buildings are no longer fit for purpose and our once-in-a-lifetime redevelopment project is creating a world class visitor attraction which celebrates the inspiring power of art and music for everyone. We are asking for the support of our entire community to help us realise this ambitious project for our city and the North East of Scotland. Whether you have a few pounds or a few hundred thousand pounds to give, you can make a difference.

Musical Chairs
The new Cowdray Hall seating has been designed with flexibility in mind and will be portable, not fixed. In return for a donation of £150 we invite you to have your name, or the name of a loved one, inscribed on one of our 'Musical Chairs'.

To reserve a Musical Chair, or to discuss other ways of supporting the Inspiring Art and Music appeal, contact Michael Hodgson, Campaign Manager on 01224 523670 or email MHodgson@aberdeencity.gov.uk

To make a donation go to
www.aagm.co.uk/donate

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Development Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Number SC045363