Aberdeen’s historic Music Hall has finally reopened after a two-year closure for extensive renovations. The £9m project has seen the auditorium restored and the 200-year-old Union Street venue also now features two new studios, a café bar and restaurant.
Earlier this year Ryden contributed to the sponsorship campaign supporting this transformation. Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), the charitable trust behind the refurbishment, named this sponsorship initiative The 1822 Club, as a nod to the first year it opened.
To celebrate the reopening, members of the public were invited to tour the building for the first time last Saturday, with a community gathering called Stepping In. In addition, Travis frontman Fran Healy led the Music Hall community choir in a performance of the band's hit single Sing as part of the event. Further opening concerts will take place this coming weekend.
The 200-year-old building was designed by Archibald Simpson the renowned Aberdeen architect. With the renovation project, the building has undergone extensive excavations to create a new lower ground floor, freeing up space for a new performance studio, new creative learning studio, new cafe bar, restaurant and relocated box office.
Ken Shaw, Ryden’s Investment Partner in Aberdeen, said: “We are delighted to see the end result of this remarkable scheme which has transformed one of city centre’s iconic public buildings. Ryden has been present in Aberdeen since 1980 and it’s been a privilege for us to support a project that means so much to the local community.”