Aberdeen’s Music Hall has a very special place in the heart of everyone in the North-east, says the venue’s boss.
“You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in Aberdeen or the north-east who doesn’t have a story to tell about the Music Hall,” said Jane Spiers, chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts.
She said everywhere she went people had been asking about when the venue would reopen.
“When you get into that conversation it was always about the last concert they saw or something really significant that happened in their life around that and I absolutely love that.
“We have come across people who met their life partner in the Music Hall or had their first date there.”
Jane added that generations of students had graduated from the Music Hall stage – including one architect who had worked on the current renovation programme.
In addition to that, the hall had hosted countless community events, such as school concerts.
“That is why this has been about community-led regeneration,” said Jane, highlighting the number of community groups involved in today’s Stepping In celebrations.
That was why, during the consultation process, the public and communities were asked what they wanted from the Music Hall in the very early stages of the regeneration project.
“You are dreaming at that point about what you want but you are trying to be as inclusive as possible to make sure you get it right for everyone,” said Jane.