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Perth Festival of The Arts -ArTay @ Perth Concert Hall
May 17 – May 20 all-day
Perth Festival of The Arts -ArTay @ Perth Concert Hall  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Perth Festival is delighted to announce the return of arTay. This large exhibition of Contemporary Scottish Art and Craft was a big success when it ran from 2000-2005 and it is with great anticipation that we have decided to bring it back.
consists of a very large marquee erected outside of Perth Concert Hall and will hold an exhibition of Scottish Contemporary Art and Craft.
• It will feature the work of over 80 artists and makers drawn from all over Scotland and there will be around 300 works on show
• This is quite a unique event as it’s not an art fair and is much bigger than any normal commercial gallery could hold.

Perth Festival of The Arts – The Marriage of Figaro @ Perth Concert Hall
May 17 @ 10:11 am

Tickets on sale 10am Monday 26th March 2018. Friends book 10am Monday 19th March. Only £10 to join.

English Touring Opera presents an energetic new production of one of the world’s most beloved operas, Mozart’s classic comedy The Marriage of Figaro. During the course of one eventful day, Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally be united as man and wife. Blanche McIntyre (Tosca, 2017) returns to direct this most warm-hearted of operas, equally acclaimed for its sublime music and huge sense of fun.
Featuring a first-class BAME cast, including Ross Ramgobin (Patience) as Figaro, Rachel Redmond as Susanna and Nadine Benjamin as the Countess, this promises to be a production like no other.
Sung in English

Perth Festival of the Arts – School Concerts @ St John's Kirk
May 17 @ 12:30 pm – May 25 @ 1:30 pm

Daily Lunchtime Concerts by Perthshire Schools will take place in St John’s Kirk. These concerts are free and donations are most welcome. They generally last about an hour.These concerts showcase the wonderful talent of our young musicians.

Thursday 17th May – tba
Friday 18th May – tba
Monday 21st May – tba
Tuesday 22nd May – Perth High School
Wednesday 23rd May – St John’s Academy
Thursday 24th May – Glenalmond
Friday 25th May – Perth Grammar

Tickets for the 2018 Festival will go on sale to Friends on Monday 19th March and for General Booking on Monday 26th March. Only £10 to join and book early click here.

The Box Office opens daily at 10am, except Sunday, and is located at Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth .

Perth Festival of The Arts -Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra @ Perth Concert Hall
May 18 all-day
Perth Festival of The Arts -Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra @ Perth Concert Hall | Scotland | United Kingdom

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
featuring GILSON LAVIS
with special guest MARC ALMOND

With support

Doors: 7 pm.
Support act on stage: 7.30 pm – 7.50 pm.
Jools Holland on stage: 8.20 pm. Finish time approx 10.30pm

Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns this year accompanied by special guest Chris Difford. He will be accompanied by the sound of Jools’ unforgettable Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Jools Holland with be performing tracks spanning his entire solo career as well as songs taken from his new duets album ‘Sirens Of Song’, released November 2014. With a catalogue that reaches through decades, a night with Jools Holland will bring you the greatest boogie-woogie party in town.

Also featuring the astounding vocal power of Ruby Turner, the soulful tones of Louise Marshall and the tireless drums of original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis, along with the inimitable musicianship of the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Jools’ boogie-woogie party is not to be missed!

Perth Festival of The Arts – Jim Calder Artist Event for Children @ Perth Concert Hall
May 18 @ 3:00 pm
Perth Festival of The Arts – Rossini’s Greatest Arias @ Perth Theatre
May 18 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets on sale 10am Monday 26th March 2018. Friends book 10am Monday 19th March. Only £10 to join.

English Touring Opera

A thrilling concert of highlights from Rossini’s greatest operas – his serious ones! These were the operas of which Rossini was most proud, and which contain his most brilliant writing for orchestra, and his most challenging vocal fireworks. John Andrews will conduct the full ETO orchestra in exciting scenes from Rossini’s Otello (including his melting ‘Willow Song’), La donna del lago (a Walter Scott feast), Maometto II (the most testing of them all), Elisabetta (the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England) and Ermione.

“I have a great admiration for Rossini. For me, he occupies an essential place in the history of music. His freedom, his life and his genius have always impressed me. He took opera out of its yoke by offering a new freedom to the voice: he completely reinvented lyrical singing. From Barbiere to Il viaggio a Reims through Cenerentola, he created an irresistible style – but I am also sensitive to his serious operas, such as Moses or Maometto II, which are given so rarely.”

Sung in Italian

Perth Festival of The Arts – Children’s Classic Concerts – Peter & The Wolf @ Perth Concert Hall
May 19 @ 11:00 am
Perth Festival of The Arts – Soapbox Art & Science @ VARIOUS
May 19 @ 11:00 am

Soapbox Science is coming to Perth for the very first time, but will have a new and exciting element! Who is a scientist and who is an artist? Can the work someone in a lab coat is doing relate to a painting, or a dancer, or be understood through music? The new project aims to bring science to arts fans and art to scientists. By challenging artists and scientists to work together, Soapbox Art & Science will bring difficult science concepts to the public in exciting, innovative and engaging ways.

Some of the UK’s leading women in science will take to their soapboxes to showcase their science to the general public, alongside some amazing local artists.

The new Soapbox Art & Science 2018 event will capitalize on Soapbox Science’s current strengths to widen the audiences exposed to science carried out by women and will facilitate communication and collaboration between the arts and science communities.

Jill Calder, Artist – Event for Children @ Perth Concert Hall
May 19 @ 3:00 pm
Perth Festival of The Arts – Grimethorpe Colliery Band @ Perth Concert Hall
May 19 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets on sale 10am Monday 26th March 2018. Friends book 10am Monday 19th March. Only £10 to join.

The Grimethorpe Colliery band was formed in 1917 as a leisure activity for the workmen at the colliery. International fame came to the band with the making of the 1995 film Brassed Off. Since the release of the film the band has toured extensively in Europe, including a film festival in Norway, the World Cup in Paris and the Eurovision Song Contest to an estimated television audience of 50 million!

The band was honoured to appoint Dr Robert Childs as Principal Conductor and Music Director in January 2014.

‘A thoroughly entertaining show and a must for all music enthusiasts!’ (The Guardian)
‘Sensational – performing your favourite classics in spectacular style!’ (The Times).

Perth festival of The Arts – The Nutcracker and I @ Perth Theatre
May 19 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets on sale 10am Monday 26th March 2018. Friends book 10am Monday 19th March. Only £10 to join.

‘The Nutcracker and I’ by Alexandra Dariescu, is a new and innovative 50-minute live performance based on the magical Christmas story, for anyone who dares to dream with a pianist, ballerina and exquisite digial animations.

Alexandra inspires the audience by telling us her own story as Clara: from little girl to concert pianist and invites us to use our own imagination, to hope, work hard and never give up.

On stage will be a grand piano, played by Dariescu herself, and ballerina Désirée Ballantyne behind a see-through gauze screen. Projected onto the gauze and bringing the story to life are exquisite digital animations, all hand drawn and created in advance by Yeast Culture. They follow the music and engage live with the pianist and ballerina as they ‘dance’ across the screen. The audience will feel like they are actually in and a part of The Nutcracker story.

Tchaikovsky’s enchanting ballet music features throughout and includes favourites such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Pax de Deux, and the Flower Waltz, in 15 virtuosic arrangements by composers such as Mikhail Pletnev, Stepan Esipoff, Percy Grainger and three brand new adaptations by Gavin Sutherland.

This show lasts 50 minutes.

Perth Festival of The Arts – Ruby Wax Frazzled @ Perth Theatre
May 20 @ 10:52 am

Tickets on sale 10am Monday 26th March 2018. Friends book 10am Monday 19th March. Only £10 to join online.

This is not a stand up comedy show… a guide to mindfulness – a forum for discussion

Ruby has a Masters Degree in Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University

Perth Festival of The Arts – Festival Service – Perth Youth Orchestra @ St. John;s Kirk
May 20 @ 11:00 am


One of the great traditions of Perth Festival of the Arts, is our annual Festival Service in St John’s Kirk.
This is an inspirational and uplifting event, and also, a great civic occasion. The members of Perth Youth Orchestra join the choir and organist of St John’s Kirk to lead the music and raise the roof of this historic building.

Perth Festival of The Arts – Royal Northern Sinfonia with Lars Vogt @ Perth Concert Hall
May 20 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets on sale 10am Monday 26th March 2018. Friends book 10am Monday 19th March. Only £10 to join.

Royal Northern Sinfonia with Lars Vogt

Please note 8pm start time

‘There is no better chamber orchestra in Britain’ The Guardian

Lars Vogt Music Director
Julian Rachlin Principal Guest Conductor
Thomas Zehetmair Conductor Laureate

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a world-wide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences. The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms, this year performing Handel’s Water Music at The Stage @ the Dock in Hull – the first Prom performed outside of London since 1930. They appear frequently at venues and festivals in Europe, and recently toured to South America, China and South Korea

Perth Festival of The Arts – The Rev Richard Coles @ Perth Theatre
May 21 @ 7:30 pm


Tickets on sale 10am Monday 26th March 2018. Friends book 10am Monday 19th March. Only £10 to join online.

The Rev Richard Coles is one of the few celebrities to have successfully bridged the gap between pop music and the pulpit, but whatever the medium, the message he broadcasts is essentially witty, thought-provoking and always interesting.

A multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band The Communards – achieving three Top Ten hits, including the biggest selling hit of 1986 Don’t Leave Me This Way – Richard subsequently left the pop world to train for a priesthood in the Church of England, becoming what can only be described as a thoroughly modern vicar. He was Curate at St Boltoph’s in Lincolnshire before moving to St Paul’s Knightsbridge and becoming Chaplain to the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently the parish priest at Finedon near Peterborough.
Richard frequently appears on radio and television, as well as in newspapers. He is probably best known as the regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live programme, and also appears regularily on Newsnight and TV panel shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You, where his quick and inventive verbal humour is always to the fore. When the motivation is more spiritual, Richard has featured on BBC TV’s Songs of Praise specials and as the guest on Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2.

Perth Festival of The Arts -Tenebrae Choir @ St John's Kirk
May 22 @ 7:30 pm
Perth Festival of The Arts -Tenebrae Choir @ St John's Kirk | Scotland | United Kingdom

We Will Remember Them
Elgar: They are at rest
Tavener: Song for Athene
Gurney: Since I Believe in God the Father Almighty
Judith Bingham: A Walk with Ivor Gurney
Howells: Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing
Holst: The Evening Watch
Parry: Songs of Farewell

The British seem to have an instinct for remembrance, deep in the collective psyche. It is in the
fabric of our towns and cities in the form of inscribed memorials, and just below the surface
there is a respect for sacrifice, particularly in active service. The minute’s silence, the sight of
falling poppies, crowds lining streets for a cortege, and of course the music of consolation
and respect which has a sound which so many recognise. From the first two notes of the Last
Post from a lone bugler to the emotive first chords of Elgar’s Nimrod, we have a culture of
commemoration in music and the choral tradition possesses an unmistakable role in giving
voice and words to these sentiments.
Tenebrae offers the finest pairing of poetry and music in a range of works, some already
treasured in the heart of the nation, with other masterpieces which might well join them.

Supported by

Perth Festival of The Arts – Elephant Sessions, Fara and Siobhan Miller @ Perth Concert Hall
May 23 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets on sale 10am Monday 26th March 2018. Friends book 10am Monday 19th March. Only £10 to join.

Elephant Sessions
‘2017 has been a remarkable year for Elephant Sessions. The band who hail from the Highlands of Scotland and who met at the Newcastle University Folk degree have exploded onto the indie folk scene with unparalleled effect.
The release of their award winning album ‘All We Have is Now’ in June of this year, was followed by live appearances at some of Europe’s most notable festivals. Audiences crowd surfed their way through the summer and marquee floors broke under the weight of bouncing fans.
The Mercury nominated Alt J, along with BBC Radio 6 found themselves converted to the band’s unique brand of indie folk. Reviews from Rolling Stone Magazine sat alongside folk magazine coverage. Radio features accompanied documentaries and highlights shows on television stations.

‘‘The versatility of Elephant Sessions is its strength. Passionate about their culture and their origins, these Scots are using their instruments like weapons to destroy clichés. ..We love them’ – Rolling Stone Magazine

‘Absolutely Superb…’ – Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6

“‘A pyrotechnic highlight of the Soiree d’Ouverture d’Ecosse’ (Festival Interceltique de Lorient) – Songlines Magazine


Fara brings together four musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene, Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles and a piano, to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.

Having been friends since early childhood, the girls grew up under the musical guidance of Douglas Montgomery (The Chair, Saltfishforty) with the three East Mainlanders of the band in fiddle group Hadhirgaan at Kirkwall Grammar School, and Kristan, a West Mainlander, in Jenny Keldie’s Shoramere at Stromness Academy. The four girls then went on to study south, and hold degrees from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Strathclyde University, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music. They have all since established themselves in the Scottish music scene winning prizes along the way which include the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, The Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition, and the Danny Kyle Award.

The idea for the band came after several appearances as “The Chairettes”, The Chair’s backing band. At one gig, the girls were asked to play a couple of sets on their own, and Bob Gibbon, The Chair’s Accordionist and Orkney Folk Festival director, suggested they form a new band. To the Chair’s disappointment they decided to loose the name, and Fara was born. Since then, the quartet has performed across the UK and Europe, including a special performance at the Royal Albert Hall for the Radio 2 Folk Awards, where they were also nominated in the Horizon category.

With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s show is an exciting one. Performing a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes as well as stunning vocals, the girls’ combined musical experiences and friendships produce a diverse, individual sound.

Perth Festival of The Arts – Emma Johnson @ Perth Theatre
May 23 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets on sale 10am Monday 26th March 2018. Friends book 10am Monday 19th March. Only £10 to join.

Emma Johnson Clarinet Goes to Town – A Night of Swing

When clarinettist Emma Johnson won BBC Young Musician of the Year the musical world discovered an artist of unique charm, skill and charisma. Widely regarded as Britain’s favourite clarinettist, Johnson is still one of the most popular figures on the concert scene with an unparalleled ability to speak straight to an audience’s heart.

In Clarinet Goes to Town Emma Johnson traces the roots of traditional American jazz whilst paying tribute to some of the greatest clarinettists of all time – Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw – with the help of John Lenehan (piano) and Paul Clarvis (percussion).

Song Cycle – David Jones @ Perth Theatre
May 25 @ 11:00 am
Song Cycle - David Jones @ Perth Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom

Baritone David Jones will cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End, performing the Songs of Travel en route.

Song Cycle is firstly an exploration of Vaughan Williams’s song cycle Songs of Travel, with
words by Robert Louis Stevenson. How does the experience of a long and arduous journey
change the singer’s approach to these songs?

With their Scottish words and English music, the Songs of Travel are a quintessentially British
expression of the emotions associated with travel and being in nature. On his thousand-mile
journey, David will pass close to the birthplaces of both Stevenson and Vaughan Williams and
through the landscapes that inspired their work, developing and deepening his interpretation of
the songs as he goes.

Alongside the Vaughan Williams songs, he will perform folk songs from the regions he passes
through, in a mixture of existing settings and newly-commissioned arrangements, with a focus
on the region in which the concert is being given.

This second strand of the project relates to Vaughan Williams’s own work in collecting folk
songs across Britain in the early twentieth century. In addition to research at the English Folk
Dance and Song Society before the project, there are plans to open an online portal for people
to submit examples of their favourite local songs.

Perth Festival of The Arts – An Evening with Donald Maxwell @ Perth Theatre
May 25 @ 7:30 pm
Perth Festival of The Arts - An Evening with Donald Maxwell @ Perth Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom

Donald Maxwell, who is from Perth, is an operatic baritone, director and teacher. He has sung with all of the leading British opera companies, as well as La Scala, Milan, Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opéra, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires and Théâtre Musical de Paris, among others. He has also sung on the concert stage, in performances broadcast on radio and television, and on recordings.

Perth Festival of The Arts -Hannah Fisher & Friends @ St Johns Kirk
May 26 @ 11:00 am
Perth Festival of The Arts -Hannah Fisher & Friends @ St Johns Kirk | Scotland | United Kingdom

Hannah Fisher from Dunkeld began learning classical violin at a young age. She was first introduced to traditional music aged eleven when she began tuition with Pete Clark and attended weekly sessions at the local pub the Taybank. Having grown up surrounded by the music of Niel Gow, one of Scotland’s most influential traditional fiddle players and composers, she has also been inspired by the playing of local piper, the late Gordon Duncan. In more recent years, her range of influences broadened to Ireland and America with the likes of Cathal Hayden and Liz Carroll.

Hannah has already made a career for herself performing under her own name and with the Hannah Fisher Band. She performs as a duo with Sorren Maclean and has worked with many well known acts such as Dougie MacLean, Ross Ainslie and most recently Roddy Woomble … touring extensively with Idlewild.

Hannah, a finalist in the 2013 Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year contest was described while performing during the Celtic Connections Festival with Sorren Maclean as ”a beguiling, subtly pop-inflected mix of songs and tunes, both covers and originals”.

Perth Festival of The Arts – Scottish Opera Roadshow @ Perth Concert Hall
May 26 @ 12:00 pm

Tickets on sale 10am Monday 26th March 2018. Friends book 10am Monday 19th March. Only £10 to join.

The Scottish Opera Trailer rolls back into town on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May to give free shows throughout the day. Earlier in the week local Primary Schools children will be able to get a taste of opera.
More details to follow. Tickets are free but you need to book in advance.

12.00 A Little Bit of Eugene Onegin
14.00 A Little Bit of H.M.S. Pinafore
15.30 A Little Bit of H.M.S. Pinafore

Perth Festival of The Arts -Val McDermid, Interviewed by Fred MacAuly @ Perth Theatre
May 26 @ 3:00 pm
Perth Festival of The Arts -Val McDermid, Interviewed by Fred MacAuly @ Perth Theatre | Scotland | United Kingdom

An afternoon with Scottish crime-writer Val McDermid interviewed by Fred MacAulay

Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages, sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Val has created many notable characters such as journalist, Lindsay Gordon; the private investigator, Kate Brannigan; and psychologist, Tony Hill. Her books include three main series: Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, and, beginning in 1995, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, the first entry in which, The Mermaids Singing, won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year. The Hill ⁄Jordan series was adapted for the highly successful television drama; Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green.

Dresden Philharmonic @ Perth Concert Hall
May 26 @ 7:30 pm
Dresden Philharmonic @ Perth Concert Hall | Scotland | United Kingdom

Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra with Jennifer Pike (violin)

– Weber Euryanthe Overture
– Bruch Violin Concerto
– Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

The Dresden Philharmonic can look back on a 150-year-tradition as the orchestra of Saxony’s capital Dresden. Ever since 1870, when Dresden was provided with its first large concert hall, its symphony concerts have been an integral element of the city’s cultural life. The Dresden Philharmonic has remained a concert orchestra to this day, with regular excursions into concert performance and oratorio. Its homestead is the state-of-the-art concert hall inaugurated in April 2017 in the Kulturpalast building at the heart of the historic district. The principal conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic since 2011 is Michael Sanderling.