Music department launches Spring programme

Music department launches Spring programme

The University of Aberdeen’s Spring concert season will kick off next week (Tuesday February 5) with an organ recital at King’s College Chapel.

The programme, which features a number of events showcasing the University’s talented students, is once again set to be of an overwhelmingly high standard.

The University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir will feature in JAM’s 2013 Scottish choral tour when the organisation returns to Scotland in February. New works from distinguished composers Judith Bingham and Julian Philips will be premiered, as well as a work by newly-appointed Lecturer in Composition at the University of Aberdeen, Philip Cooke.

Other highlights of the Spring concert season will include a performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring arranged for piano duet. The Piano partnership of Benjamin Frith and Peter Hill has been described by the Guardian as ‘formidable’ and this rare opportunity to hear this arrangement performed is not to be missed.

The Edinburgh Quartet continues its University of Aberdeen residency with a series of concerts celebrating the string quartets of Joesph Haydn and Benjamin Britten.

The season will once again come to a close with one of the most anticipated nights in the University of Aberdeen’s musical year, the Ogston Music Prize Final.

The event will see the most talented performers at the University compete for the prestigious title. This year’s judging panel will be led by Tristan Gurney, leader of the Edinburgh Quartet and Head of Strings at Newcastle University. The evening will also include a performance from 2012 winner, pianist Immanuel Voigt.

Head of Music at the University of Aberdeen, David Smith, is looking forward to the season ahead.

He commented, “The Spring programme is extremely exciting and I am confident that we will once again be showcasing musical delights of an exceptionally high standard.

“I am sure that anyone who has attended any of our events over the last few years will join me in agreeing that the overall standard has been overwhelmingly high and I look forward to welcoming members of the University community and the general public to our concerts over the coming months.”

Tickets are now on sale at the Aberdeen Box Office, tel 01224 641122. For further information please visit: www.abdn.ac.uk/music

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