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Lunchbreak concerts on menu at Cowdray Hall
The new season of free Lunchbreak Concerts at the Cowdray Hall gets underway this week.
The first in the series, which promises the best of local, national and international musicians, will see the renowned Edinburgh Quartet take to the stage in the Cowdray Hall at 12.45pm tomorrow [Thursday, 26 September].
Many of the concerts, including this week's performance, will be preceded by 20-minute introductory talks. Dr Roger B Williams MBE, artistic advisor for the series, will introduce the Edinburgh Quartet and its programme of Dvorak's Quartet Op. 106 at 12pm.
Deirdre Grant, head of public programmes for Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums said: "No other city in Scotland hosts such a programme which invites both amateur and professional musicians to perform. It brings high-calibre national and international artistes to the city while providing an important performance platform for local musicians, including music students and school pupils."
Lunchbreak is working once again with the sound festival in the autumn and welcomes back the BBC, which will record two concerts in November. It also continues its close association with RSNO and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, together with return visits from the Edinburgh Quartet, Joseph Long and Margaret Preston.
Dr Williams MBE added: "New features of the series will include a choir formed from the audience for the popular Carols concert and two Rush Hour concerts, each featuring one work accompanied by contemporary readings. Also new this year will be a tribute to the playwright Samuel Beckett."
The Cowdray Hall concerts start at 12.45pm and are free, but donations are welcome and assist in supporting the Lunchbreak Concerts programme.
The Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums support the series by providing a sandwich lunch for purchase.
The Lunchbreak Concert Series is supported by Vibrant Aberdeen, the city's cultural strategy for 2010-15.