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Past Events
Autumn 2018

Music at Aden is part of Friends of Aden

Italian Job String Quartet

25th November 2018

Billed as a "romp" this outstanding concert was indeed just that, from Vivaldi to George Harrison the Heller Quartet: Jean Fletcher (1st Violin), Ruth Kalitski (2nd Violin), Jonathan Knightley, (Viola), Gareth John (Cello), showed an accomplished ability to play in a variety of genres and styles. Joined by Aberdeen Soprano Moira Docherty, due to Ms Arthur being indisposed, they presented a programme of well-known music, all with an Italian connection, albeit sometimes tenuous. Ms Docherty's soaring soprano voice was well matched by the delicate accompaniment of the four string players, and the enraptured audience was sent home humming the rousing chorus of Verdi's "Brindisi". This was a concert of exceptional standard which has become the norm from the "Friends of Aden".


Gordon Hay

photographs by Charlie Scott

Maxwell Quartet

24th October 2018

It was a very welcome experience for Music at Aden to have Liz Stephen, Vestry Secretary guide us through St Drostan's in preparation for the Maxwell Quartet. A beautiful setting.

This exceptionally talented group of musicians played music to celestial heights with extraordinary synchronicity, certainty and charming assurance. They were divine throughout all of the concert, leaving an audience joyously dumb stricken, enthralled and unwilling to move or leave. The performance of the final Beethoven piece was indeed ...utterly superb.


Ruth Smith

photographs by Ruth Smith

Bach Suites for Solo Cello
Gareth John

26th August 2018

It was a chill wind that reminded us that our original thoughts of a performance of all six Bach Suites for solo cello in the open air could have been inappropriate for Autumn. Instead, Gareth John’s clear passion for Bach’s music filled Aden Theatre’s small space with truly magical and glorious sound. With commensurate musical skill, Gareth played these wondrously varied and emotive suites to a rapt, full-house audience of all ages. A beautifully edited and carefully chosen backdrop of projected images, with thought provoking quotations, lent integral musical and visual enjoyment. Hugely successful. Maybe an open-air performance another time?

Ruth Smith

photographs by Charlie Scott