And finally… It’s a wrap!

International superstar Emeli Sande has pledged her support to the multi-million pound redevelopment of Aberdeen’s historic Music Hall.

The singer-songwriter, who hails from Alford in Aberdeenshire, is instantly recognisable from her striking profile emblazoned on the large building wrap surrounding the venue on Union Street.

Emeli said: “’The Music Hall holds so many fond memories for me, from the music festivals in primary school to my first tour. The beautiful atmosphere and stunning acoustics really make this a special place to perform.”

The wrap and associated hoarding will protect the exterior of the iconic granite building, while contractors Kier, who have been on site since October 10, work inside.

The project is spearheaded by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), the charitable trust that runs three of the city’s iconic arts venues, the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre (HMT) and The Lemon Tree. Thanks to APA’s fundraising efforts, £6.5m has already been raised towards the transformation including major contributions from Aberdeen City Council, Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, The Robertson Trust, The Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston, The Wolfson Foundation and The Hugh Fraser Foundation.

It can also today be confirmed that a £150,000 sponsorship deal has been agreed between APA and Aberdeen Solicitors’ Property Centre (ASPC). Aberdeen Inspired has also gifted £50,000, bringing the total funds raised to just over 80 per cent of the final total, £7.9 million, ahead of re-opening in Autumn/Winter 2018.

Plans for the revamped Music Hall include upgrades to the historic auditorium with new seating, flooring and more flexible staging, new performance, rehearsal and education spaces, upgraded artist facilities, a new foyer, box office and café bar and new ramps and lifts to improve access to all areas.

Kier Construction Scotland’s area operations director, Sean O’Callaghan, said: “It’s a privilege to restore this historic and much loved building. Our expertise and experience in delivering a diverse range of iconic heritage projects across Scotland stands us in good stead as we renovate Aberdeen Music Hall for future generations to enjoy.”

Those looking to support the Music Hall Transformation can visit for information on various ways to donate and get involved.

Donors can also make a contribution by making cheques payable to ‘Aberdeen Performing Arts’, posted to: Finance Manager, His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, AB25 1GL, with a note that the donation is for the Music Hall Transformation.

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