Lunchbreak Concerts

Cowdray Hall


28/11/2019 - 28/05/2020
12.45pm (45mins)

Our popular weekly concert series returns home to the beautiful surroundings of the Cowdray Hall.

Lunchbreak Concerts are free - please make a donation to support this popular feature of the Aberdeen music calendar. As ever, we are indebted to our Artistic Advisor, Dr Roger B Williams.

Thursday 28 November
Joseph Long

One of Scotland's finest concert pianists plays Mussorgsky's ever-popular virtuoso piece, Pictures at an Exhibition.

Pre-concert talk 12noon



Thursday 5 December
Trio Orfeo

Outstanding Aberdonian flautist Angela Stone, together with Jaike Bakker (Harp) and Tine Jansens (Viola) play a range of music from Bach to Debussy and Richard Rodney Bennett, specially arranged for the group.

Thursday 12 December
Musicians from Aberdeen City Music School

A welcome return to the series by talented local musicians.

Thursday 19 December
Carols for all

Colin Brockie (Baritone) and Roger Williams (Piano) lead the singing of favourite Christmas Carols.



Thursday 9 January
University of Aberdeen
Ogston Music Prize Winners 2019

Prize-winners Matthew Kilner (Saxophone) and David Walsh (Tenor), with Jeremy Coleman (Piano), perform folk and other song settings by Britten, Vaughan Williams, Purcell and Quilter. Dedicated to Dexter Gordon. A selection of jazz standards both written and famously performed by Dexter through his successful playing career.

Thursday 16 January
Edinburgh Quartet

Scotland's leading professional string quartet play Beethoven Op.18 No.2

Pre-concert talk with Dr Roger Williams

Thursday 23 January
Aberdeen Strathspey & Reel Society
A celebratory programme of Burns-related music including tunes composed or collected by James Oswald, Simon Fraser, and Patie Birnie, in original arrangements by Ronnie Gibson.

Thursday 30 January
Music from Aberdeenshire
Talented young musicians from Meldrum Academy take to the stage.


Thursday 6 February
Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne and Agnieska Marucha (Violins) and Jeremy Coleman (Piano)

Canonic Sonata by Telemann; Sonata for Two Violins and Piano (1939) by Roman Palester; Five Pieces for Two Violins by Shostakovich.

Pre-concert talk with Dr Roger Williams

Thursday 13 February
Aberdeen City Music Service
Young musicians from schools across the City of Aberdeen show off their performance skills.

Thursday 20 February
The Carghill Trio
Guera Crockett (Violin), Alison MacDonald (Cello) and Blair Carghill (Piano) play Beethoven's Trio Op. 11 in the 250th anniversary year of the composer's birth and Rachmaninov Elegiaque No.1 in G minor.

Pre-concert talk with Dr Roger Williams

Thursday 27 February
St. Margaret's School for Girls

A concert of solo vocal and instrumental works from Senior School musicians at St Margaret's School for Girls.


Thursday 5 March
Aberdeen City Music Service
Soloists and ensembles, instrumental and vocal pieces performed by pupils of all abilities representing a number of Aberdeen schools.

Thursday 12 March
North East of Scotland Music School
A rich programme from promising young musicians attending the UK's most northerly centre of advanced music tuition.

Thursday 19 March
Margaret Preston (Flute) and Roger Williams (Harpsichord)

Baroque music by Handel and others.

Pre-concert talk with Dr Roger Williams

Thursday 26 March
Adam Usmani (Piano/Vocals) and the Thistle String Quartet

A lively programme of jazz piano and string arrangements featuring hits from George Gershwin, BB King and Duke Ellington.


Thursday 2 April
Taylor Wilson (Mezzo Soprano) and Margaret Murray McLeod (Piano)
The city premiere of Songs from Above and Below by Aberdeen-born composer John McLeod CBE.

Pre-concert talk with Dr Roger Williams

Thursday 9 April
Neil Birse (Jazz Piano)

Born and raised in Aberdeen, Neil Birse gained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Jazz Piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London.

Pre-concert talk with Dr Roger Williams

Thursday 16 April
Nigel Clayton (Piano) and Imma Setiadi (Piano)

Well known pianist and teacher Nigel Clayton joins with Imma Setiadi for a programme of piano duets by Bernstein, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff and Debussy.

Thursday 23 April
Edinburgh Quartet

Schumann Op.41, No.3

Pre-concert talk with Dr Roger Williams

Thursday 30 April
Medieval Aberdeen
Join historian Dr Claire Hawes and musicians Davy Cattanach (Guitar/Percussion) and Paddy Buchanan (Vocals/Guitar) for a unique programme of music and song inspired by Aberdeen's UNESCO-recognised medieval town records held in the City Archives.


Thursday 7 May
Joseph Long (Piano)

Sonatas in G minor (no.44) and C minor (no.20) by Hadyn.

Pre-concert talk with Dr Roger Williams

Thursday 14 May
Roy Howat (Piano)

The international pianist and specialist in French music Roy Howat performs works to celebrate Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, including Debussy, Chopin, Ravel and Fauré.

Pre-concert talk with Dr Roger Williams

Thursday 21 May
Graeme Stephen (Guitar) and
Fraser Fifield (Whistle/Woodwind)

These renowned Scottish musicians take the audience on a journey, blending Scottish traditional music, jazz and a host of other wordly sounds to make their own unique music.

Thursday 28 May
Big Noise, Torry

Professional tutors and students from the hugely successful international music project which is opening up access to classical music education for young people in Torry.

image: Feedback Loop (detail), Kenny Hunter, 2003 Artist © Kenny Hunter (2004)