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June 24, 2014

Historic music hall's lottery fund approval

Aberdeen Performing Arts' plans to revitalise the city's historic Music Hall have been given initial approval by the Heritage Lottery Fund with the award of a 'first-round pass', or initial green light, for a grant of pound(s)700,000. The HLF granted the company a 'stage 1 pass' application with pound(s)700,000 earmarked, pending a stage 2 application.

APA - the company which operates the venue alongside His Majesty's Theatre and The Lemon Tree - has now secured pledges totalling pound(s)4.5m for the pound(s)7m project. This includes pound(s)1.5m funding from Creative Scotland, pound(s)1m from Aberdeen City Council and pound(s)1.25m from APA's own restoration fund - money raised by the general public through ticket sales.


Atwood is honoured

Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood, above, has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh. The author was one of four prominent Canadians from the fields of literature, politics, law and business to be honoured by the University at a ceremony in Toronto on Friday.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin; former Chairman of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, General John De Chastelain; and investment banker Garret Herman also received honorary degrees.

The ceremony was held to coincide with the University of Edinburgh's General Council Meeting in Toronto.


Scots chair to be auctioned

The Scottish 'Crown' Chair from Linthligow Palace, home of Scottish royalty, is to be sold at auction today. The Scottish Charles II chair will be sold at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh.

It comes from The Old Dolphin, Cirencester home of the well- known Edinburgh-born antique dealer, the late Leslie Rankine Taylor, and is valued at pound(s)5,000.

"Legend has it that the good people of the town rushed to salvage the valuable pieces of furniture as the palace was burned down by the Duke of Cumberland in January 1746 during the Jacobite rebellion," explained Gavin Strang, Director at Lyon & Turnbull.


Imaginate winners

The Imaginate festival has announced the recipients of the Imaginate Commissions 2015, supported by the Scottish Government'sEdinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. In total, Imaginate received 30 proposals.

The recipients are Bounce by Lou Brodie and The Lost Things by Tortoise In A Nutshell by Oliver Emanuel.

Tours of The Lost Things and Bounce will take place in schools prior to the 2015 Imaginate Festival, followed by performances at the festival in May next year.


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Source: Herald, The (Scotland)

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