The opening concert for the 17/18 season was a heartening experience for a full house audience. Over 20 children and young people, aged from 6 years performed, mostly as soloists, with confidence and aplomb. Ably assisted, encouraged and accompanied by Justin Brook, Youth Music Initiative Co-ordinator, the young performers displayed remarkable talent and musical ability; comfortable in the intimate public performance space of Aden Park Theatre. We hope this is one of many such future events.
This was the second performance of the Vivaldi Ensemble and the third performance by renowned musicians of the Aberdeen Sinfonietta at Aden Theatre. This highly talented and musically engaging group (Aberdeen Sinfonietta Director Bryan Dargie, Cellists Alison MacDonald and Mary Dargie and key board player Drew Tulloch) brought music of the early and late baroque alongside the work of Kreisler to fill the theatre space with a soaring enjoyment for our appreciative audience. We continue to owe the Sinfonietta players a debt of gratitude for their support.
A relaxed and fun filled evening with Justin Brook wearing his other ‘hat’ as co leader with Vocalist Carole Brook of Green Suitcase. This band brings a sweet blend of jazz, blues, funk and swing, easily moving through from each genres to new compositions with Kenny Irons on bass, Andy James on Drums and Fraser Burke on Keys. The rhythms section play with major performers including an especially commissioned piece for renowned Saxophonist Richard Ingham.
The Aden Theatre audience was truly bowled over by the exceptionally gifted performance of Lana Trotovsek (Violin) and Boris Bizjak (Flute). Both of these internationally renowned players brought music to new heights, beautiful music (GP Telemann, CPE Bach, Handel/Halvorsen) exquisitely played to a spell bound audience. An extremely enjoyable and witty commissioned piece by John Hearne, local composer, musician, and music promoter completed this most exciting evening.
The Spring series was very appropriately completed by Joanna Nicholson (Clarinet) and Frances Cooper (Soprano). With word and music intermingled, including two suites of song by Rebecca Rowe and Stuart Mitchell Murray from poetry by Jane McKie and Stewart Sanderson and a changing visual backdrop of nature photography - this creative and imaginative performance beautifully fitted the setting and the audience creating an atmosphere to complement perfectly the advance of Spring.
photographs by Charlie Scott