Scottish singing sensations tuning up for 50+ Festival concert

The voice of classical music in Scotland is set to host a special birthday bash to celebrate a decade of Aberdeen City Council's 50+ Festival.

BBC Scotland's Jamie MacDougall balances a busy life as one of the UK's most versatile singers and performers with his job as radio host and chief protagonist of classical music in Scotland with his weekly show, Classics Unwrapped.

Away from broadcasting Jamie continues to have a busy performing career. He has toured extensively in North America, Australia and New Zealand with Caledon - Scotland's Tenors, a group that he helped to form in 2003. As a soloist Jamie has appeared with many of the leading British opera companies, as well as in Europe and in North America.

He will take time out from his hectic schedule to welcome an array of musical friends to the Music Hall for a 10th Anniversary Concert on 12 September (Wednesday).

Jamie, a tenor, will be joined for a gala evening of entertainment by mezzo-soprano Cheryl Forbes and Scottish folk legend Alastair McDonald, along with a 20-piece orchestra conducted by Music Director Gordon Cree.

The programme will feature a feast of music and song from the world of opera to the hits from the West End shows, as well as a selection of traditional Scots songs given a slightly modern twist.

The tenth year of the 50+ Festival once again boasts a jam-packed range of diverse events, all funded by The Common Good Fund for people aged over 50 who reside in the City of Aberdeen.

Convener of Social Care and Wellbeing Councillor Len Ironside said the festival reaching ten years was a tremendous achievement.

He said: "The 50 Plus Festival has become a key part of the calendar in the city and always manages to throw up a fantastic array of events for residents to sample.

"It's a great achievement to reach ten years and I would encourage our 50 plus residents to check out the programme and make sure they book their place at any of the events."

Some of the other events in the packed programme include a Fashion Evening at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels on 29 August (Wednesday), Cooking Demonstrations with the Kilted Chef Craig Wilson, the city's first-ever Classic Film Festival featuring Twiggy and an Inter-Generational Day promising fun for all ages at the Duthie Park on 8 September (Saturday) with a licensed marquee featuring performances from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Strathspey Fiddlers, Garioch Blend as well as exotic petting zoos, pony rides and circus workshops for children.

You can download a full brochure of events at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/50plus or collect a hard copy from various Council premises.

Tickets for the concert and other events are now available from Aberdeen Box Office on 01224 641122 or at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com.

City residents wishing to find out more about the 50+ Festival should contact Events Officer Alice Brooks on 01224 523913.