The Evening Express Carol Concert is set for a milestone celebration on Sunday marking its 50th anniversary.
Each year talented youngsters from across the north-east take to the stage to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
Back at Aberdeen’s historic Music Hall this year, the sell-out performance will be the first major concert at the venue since its £9 million refurbishment.
More than 140 youngsters will take to the stage on Sunday, with the show beginning at 7pm.
Hailed as one of the top events of the north-east festive season, the concert has certainly sparkled and given some Christmas joy over the years since it began in 1968.
The concert continued to be a hit with the people from across the region and celebrated its 25th birthday in 1992 – the same year as the Queen’s Ruby Jubilee.
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Some memorable performances over the years include the talented Bon Accord Silver Band in 2012 and the Aberdeen Music Centre Senior Choir and Brass Band in 1992.
The year 2014 saw a performance by Robert Gordon’s College Combined Cadet Force Pipe Band.
Ken McLeod, compere for the evening, said: “With this being the first concert in the upgraded Music Hall, I am really looking forward to it and I know the organisers are too.
“It is all set to be a great night with some great performances.
“This being the 50th anniversary is a big milestone to be celebrating.”
This year, one of the schools set to bring in the holiday cheer to the Granite City is Bucksburn Academy which will offer a performance on steel pans.
Tracey Milne, one of the music teachers at the school who is directing the pupils, said: “We have first, second, third, fourth years and the seniors will be taking part and playing the steel pans.
“It’s about 30 of our kids who have been rehearsing.
“We’ll be playing songs like Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
“They’re looking forward to it and are excited to be among the first to perform at the Music Hall after it has been shut.
“They’re so proud to be part of that.”
About 40 of Hazlehead Primary School’s talented pupils will also come together for the annual celebration.
The audience can expect to hear songs like Torches and a Jingle Bells medley from the youngsters.
Erin O’Leary, a P1 teacher who is conducting the group, said: “The kids are so excited – they have been rehearsing for a long time.”
Schools taking part on Sunday also include Kirkhill Primary, Grampian Youth Orchestra Strings, Skene Square School, Aberdeen City Music School Vocal Ensemble, Walker Road, Mackie Academy, Aberdeen School for the Deaf, Sunnybank Primary, Orchard Brae, Broomhill primary, Bridge of Don Academy, Fernielea School, Aberdeen Youth Wind Band and Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre.
Former Torry Academy head teacher and organiser Jenny Cranna said she cannot wait for the event.
On Saturday at the Music Hall, Travis frontman Fran Healy will lead a community choir at an event dubbed Stepping In.