Production unpacks precious cache of talent at HMT

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A POWERFUL new production by singer, television presenter and producer Fiona Kennedy is a treasure chest of Scottish musical gems.

The Kist – taking the name from the sturdy wooden chests travelling Scots took with them, packed tight with their old lives, treasured belongings, music and songs – will be staged at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen from Thursday to Saturday, August 25 to 27.

The show is a celebration of Scottish music, in all its forms, which has been taken out across the world wherever Scots have travelled and brought home again enriched and renewed.

Led by Fiona Kennedy, The Kist features outstanding young singers and musicians and special guest, Grammy Award winner Marcus Hummon who is crossing the Atlantic from his Nashville base to take part in the show.

The new production – following in the footsteps of last year’s highly successful Highland Heartbeat – will be launched at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August, staging 18 performances at the New Town theatre, before coming home to Aberdeen and HMT. The solo singers in the new production will include 11-year-old Ruairidh McDonald from Aviemore, MOD gold medallist Darren McLean, James Muldoon, Claire Hastings and Rachel Oates.

Both productions – Highland Heart and The Kist – are committed to developing and nurturing young Scottish talent, such as Ruairidh, who will be recording a Christmas album as a result of his involvement with the show, as well as Ross Davidson who is now performing in the Olivier Award winning We Will Rock You, and Frances McCann who features in the West End hit musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

“We work hard to ensure that The Kist includes the best that Scotland’s schools and colleges have to offer, and that as many students as possible get the chance to gain experience of life on the stage,” said Fiona. “What is so exciting about The Kist is the range of music and the energy that those young people bring to it and how we are engaging with artistes like Marcus, to create a unique music experience.”

Tickets for The Kist are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.

To win two tickets to see The Kist, just answer the following question - what is a kist? Is it a) the past tense of ‘kiss’, or b) the Scots word for ‘chest’. Answers should be sent to: Ellon Times Kist Competition, 8 Bridge Street, Ellon, AB41 9AA. Entries should reach us by August 11, and usual terms and conditions apply.