One of the oldest conductors in the world was due to perform in Aberdeen today.
Cao Peng, 93, invited Shanghai City Young Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Young Philharmonic Orchestra to the North-east to give an exclusive performance.
Part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, the two groups were due to show off their talents at the Beach Ballroom today.
More than 230 young musicians who had never before been to the UK were to deliver their classical repertoire at the show.
After their Granite City performance, the group’s next stop is the capital to play at the International Fringe Festival.
Today was to be Cao Peng’s first time conducting in the UK in his 70 years in the profession.
He said: “It is a privilege to come to Aberdeen to conduct.
“This city has such a rich cultural past and it is somewhere I have admired for a long time, it is so unique.
“This is an oil city but a cultural city as well and I couldn’t have chosen a better place to do my first ever show in the UK.”
At the age of 93 Mr Cao is hoping to become the oldest conductor of a symphony orchestra.
The record is currently held by a Polish conductor who was 95 when he last took charge of the baton.
Asked what the secret to his success is, Mr Cao put it down to his love for music.
He said: “I have been conducting for 70 years now and I think it is my love for music that has got me through all these years.”
Shanghai-born Mr Cao even met former Prime Minister Edward Heath when he conducted the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
The trip to Aberdeen for the orchestras has been a year in the making.
Chris Wang, producer of the orchestras, said: “We are really excited to be here. The Aberdeen youth festival is very well-known and we are happy to be invited along to show off what we do.”