Area: Aberdeen City

The Category Aberdeen City is a subset of North East Scotland. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Aberdeen City which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Aberdeen and District Organists' Association

- Aberdeen Chorus of Sweet Adelines

- Aberdeen Orpheus Choir

- Aberdeen Strathspey & Reel Society

- Grampian Concert Orchestra

- Granite City Chorus

- Granite City Pipes & Drums

- Portlethen & District Pipe Band


! Aberdeen City KEY
VISITS (to Website)137
VIEWS (of this Record)128

‘Aberdeen’s oldest and original music, drama and dance Festival began life in 1909 and is still very much alive today ... The Festival adopts the motto of Sir Henry Walford Davies “Not to gain a prize or defeat a rival but to pace one another on the road to excellence”. The Festival is run entirely by volunteers and relies on entry fees, fundraising and sponsorship to continue to offer performance opportunities to musicians, singers and actors from the North East and beyond. The Festival takes place each year in the first week of June, in halls throughout the city. The Festival is not just for the performers. All events are open to the public and audiences are warmly welcomed.’


* Aberdeen & NE of Scotland Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)296
VIEWS (of this Record)415

'The objective of ACMC is to foster the appreciation and study of chamber music by the promotion of an annual series of six concerts from ensembles of the highest quality, of Scottish, national and international standing. We aim to provide a stimulating mix of different types of ensemble, with programmes including both the core chamber music repertoire and less well-known and contemporary pieces.'


* Aberdeen Chamber Music Concerts
VISITS (to Website)330
VIEWS (of this Record)546

‘Meets every Wednesday ... We have a great programme of music and song from visiting and local artists. There is also an opportunity for singers and musicians to take part in our regular sessions which are open to members and non-members.’


Category Folk Clubs
* Aberdeen Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)197
VIEWS (of this Record)218

‘Music at Aberdeen is a thriving learning, performing and research community ... The University of Aberdeen is unusual in placing both Music and Music Education in the same department, which has a positive benefit for all staff and students. Our flexible BMus degree programme is one of only a handful of degrees in Music which incorporate a teaching qualification. Staff are active as musicologists, composers and performers and their work is recognised and valued throughout the world, both in research communities as well as in the concert hall and via broadcast media.'


* Department of Music [Aberdeen]
VISITS (to Website)354
Also indexedUniversity of Aberdeen
VIEWS (of this Record)319

‘NESMS exists to provide tuition at an advanced level for musically talented individuals of all ages. To do this we bring internationally recognized teachers to our centre in Aberdeen on a regular basis – normally nine times a year. We have four teaching studios, one of which is large enough to hold small concerts or recitals, and an extensive library ... We know that success in public performance increases musical confidence and awareness. And so for those who want to develop the ability to deal confidently with an audience we provide suitably supported opportunities to perform both within and beyond the School as a solo player or as part of an ensemble – in for example our Flute Choir, Chamber Group or Wind Ensemble.‘


* North East of Scotland Music School
VISITS (to Website)150
VIEWS (of this Record)271

‘NESCGS is a group of like-minded people who have come together to broaden the awareness, understanding and appreciation of the classical guitar ... The Society meets twice a month where members can play solo pieces and get involved with the ensemble. We organise concerts and workshops with renowned guitarists that are held locally in Aberdeenshire.’


Category Aberdeen City
* North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society
VISITS (to Website)227
VIEWS (of this Record)311

‘As well as works by J.S. Bach, the Choir, with over 100 voices, performs a wide variety of choral music from the 16th to the 21st Century ... Our members have varying degrees of musical expertise. We are by no means all expert musicians or sight readers, but we define what it takes to be a choir member as: “to be able to sing accurately and in tune, with a secure sense of rhythm and be familiar with musical notation”. If that sounds like you, I am sure you will enjoy the experience of rehearsing and performing with us ...’


Category Choral Societies
+ Aberdeen Bach Choir
VISITS (to Website)281
VIEWS (of this Record)409

‘Formed in 1982 and has established itself at the forefront of amateur orchestral playing in Aberdeen. Programmes have utilised the full variety of orchestral dispositions, from chamber to full symphony orchestra - from the music of the Classical period to contemporary film. We welcome players, particularly in the string section, who have achieved Associated Board Grade 8 standard or equivalent ... Currently, the ACO promotes an average of 3 concerts a year in the Aberdeen area.’

+ Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)244
VIEWS (of this Record)487

Founded 1946: ‘Two concerts have been presented every year consisting of an annual performance of Handel's Messiah in the week before Christmas and a second concert in March drawn from the choral works of leading composers. The choir maintains a membership of over 100 and has always enjoyed a wide following in the city and the surrounding area’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Aberdeen Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)215
VIEWS (of this Record)363

'Founded in 1987, originally as a small group of strings and harpsichord. In 1997, at a time when the group was beginning to feel the need to expand its musical repertoire, they were given the exciting opportunity to expand considerably in order to perform as a chamber orchestra in the Music Hall with Roger Williams as conductor, and with the brilliant Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich as soloist. Since then Aberdeen Sinfonietta has established itself as one of the foremost contributors to music-making in the north-east.'

+ Aberdeen Sinfonietta
VISITS (to Website)207
VIEWS (of this Record)466

‘An accomplished, dynamic and friendly amateur musical ensemble based in Aberdeen ... Was formed in 1997 and comprises musicians from all walks of life, including students, teachers, accountants and engineers. We ... generally perform two or three concerts for the public each year ... The orchestra has steadily grown in reputation and membership, offering players the opportunity to meet new people, play challenging music and develop their skills of musicianship.’ 


Category String Ensembles
+ Concordia String Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)89
VIEWS (of this Record)189

Founded 2006: ‘The orchestra brings together talented musicians from the Grampian region of Scotland (including Aberdeenshire and Moray), offering instrumentalists of school and university age the opportunities to work with leading conductors and to perform with international and local musicians ... Every year the orchestra gets together for a rehearsal day before embarking on a weekend course later that year, which ends with a concert ... Players of all orchestral instruments are invited to apply to audition for membership of GYO. Players from anywhere in the North East of Scotland (born or studying in) between the ages of 12 and 22 ... are eligible. Players should be at ABRSM Grade 7/8 level but players working towards this level are encouraged to apply’.


+ Grampian Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)129
VIEWS (of this Record)267

Founded 1850: ‘We are one of the longest established Brass Bands in the north of Scotland, based in Aberdeen ... The Band performs in and around Aberdeen regularly at a wide variety of events such as fund raising concerts, local galas, church services ... The Community Band provides an opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to come together to make music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere ...  From time to time there is an opportunity to also participate in joint rehearsals with Granite City Brass ... This is a superb opportunity to learn at another level with guidance and tuition’.


+ Granite City Brass
VISITS (to Website)246
VIEWS (of this Record)221

‘Has long been one of the most popular amateur orchestras in North East Scotland. We pride ourselves on our friendliness and welcome players of all instruments, at all standards. In a typical year we give three concerts, all supporting charities. Recent concerts have included works as diverse as the symphonies and overtures of the great classical masters to the sound tracks from popular films and arrangements of comic operas or popular dance music. We are aware that many people learn on a borrowed instrument, but are unable to carry on playing after they leave school. We have a number of loan instruments, so contact us; we may be able to help out.’


+ Learig Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)110
VIEWS (of this Record)323

‘Worship at St Andrew’s is in the Anglican Choral Cathedral Style with an emphasis on liturgy ... providing a range of high quality music to enhance the worship at choral services, as well as a weekly recital series and a variety of other concerts and musical events. The building has a fine acoustic and the cathedral organ is a historic instrument, some of which dates back to 1818.’


Category Cathedrals
@ St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen
VISITS (to Website)146
VIEWS (of this Record)355

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