Aden concerts aim to strike a chord

The Aberdeen Sinfonietta String Quartet
The Aberdeen Sinfonietta String Quartet

Music at Aden, a group of music enthusiasts within Friends of Aden, are hoping to strike a chord with audiences with the launch of a new series of music concerts.

The concerts, to be held in Aden Country Park in Mintlaw, will have an emphasis on classical, jazz and folk music.

The first concert will take place on Sunday, June 5 from 4pm to 6pm and will feature the hugely respected and renowned Aberdeen Sinfonietta String Quartet.

Bryan Dargie, Aberdeen Sinfonietta Director, said: “The opening concert will be given by a string quartet made up of four prominent members of Aberdeen Sinfonietta who are delighted to be involved in this new venture.

“They will play well known and popular quartets by Haydn, Mozart, and Dvorak and the concert will also feature two works by Scottish composers – a short piece by the 18th Century composer Thomas Erskine, 6th Earl of Kellie and a very colourful quartet movement by Sir John McEwan.”

Music at Aden is delighted to welcome the Aberdeen Sinfonietta for this event and again to the third concert in the series at the same time on July 3.

The Aberdeen Sinfonietta Vivaldi Quartet will bring music alive, including work by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Tartini, Stravinsky and Keisler, within an Italian theme.

The second concert, a Master Class and performance by Richard Ingham (Honorary Professor of Education at St Andrews University) will take place on Sunday, June 19 from 3.30pm to 6pm.

Students will work on pieces with Richard within a learning dynamic, the results of which can be demonstrated in subsequent performance on the day.

Richard’s recital will be a selection of movements from two of his compositions; Pennan to Penang and the Book of Deer.

The fourth concert has been arranged in conjunction with Aberdeen International Youth Festival and will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday, July 28 featuring musicians of the Moravian Woodwind Quintet (Czech Republic) comprising flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon will play pieces by Mozart, Reicha, Verde, Dvorak and Ligeti.

The Music at Aden group is eager to introduce and make easily accessible to everyone live music of classical, jazz and folk forms to the area.

The selection of music, the relaxed, intimate atmosphere of Aden Theatre and the opportunity to mingle during intervals reflect that aim.