arTay @ Perth Concert Hall Plaza
May 21 @ 10:00 am – May 24 @ 6:00 pm

A large, tented gallery in Perth Concert Hall plaza displaying over 300 works of Scottish Contemporary Art and Craft.  “arTay”, will run for four days, with free admission.
It will feature the work of over 80 artists and makers drawn from all over Scotland, including many well-known artists, as well as some who are beginning their artistic careers. Returning by popular demand, arTay offers both the curious browser and the serious collector a huge range of paintings, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, woodwork, metalwork and jewellery.
All artworks are for sale.

Aurora Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti @ Perth Concert Hall
May 21 @ 5:30 pm

Aurora Orchestra performs Beethoven’s groundbreaking Eroica from memory, bringing its unique and critically-acclaimed memorised performance style to Beethoven’s masterpiece that launched the Romantic symphony.  Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service and the orchestra give a vivid musical introduction with live excerpts, unpacking the work’s musical architecture. Opening the evening, Nicola Benedetti, one of the most sought after violinists of her generation, performs Mendelssohn’s soaring Violin Concerto, a work of heart-stirring melodies and incredible originality.

Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 Eroica (from memory)

Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Band @ Perth Concert Hall
May 22 @ 7:30 pm

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
featuring GILSON LAVIS
with special guest EDDI READER
and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER & LOUISE MARSHALL
with Support
Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns this year with special guest Eddi Reader, accompanied by the sound of his unforgettable Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
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!
Doors: 7pm, Support act on stage: 7:30pm – 7.50pm. Jools Holland on stage 8.20pm. Finish time approx. 10:30pm.

Frances Lole & Perthshire Brass: Music on a Saturday Morning @ St John's Kirk of Perth
May 23 @ 11:00 am

Part of the Festival’s Music on a Saturday Morning series, featuring musicians from Perthshire who have made their careers in music. Frances Lole discovered her passion for music while taking cornet lessons with Perth & Kinross Instrumental Services. She went on to attend the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Chetam’s School of Music and by age 17, had achieved her dipABRSM and LRSM in Trumpet Performance. Frances has performed around the world and currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus in Denmark. Perthshire Brass are delighted to share the stage with Frances, who was a prominent member of the band. Formed in 1978 by George Annan, Perthshire Brass continues today under the baton of his son George. The band has a strong reputation in the Scottish Brass Band community and in 2020, will undertake their 17th international tour.

Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt @ Perth Concert Hall
May 23 @ 7:30 pm

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music. Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, 2017, 2108 & 2019, Soho Theatre 2017, UK tours and multiple West End runs in 2018 and 2019. The accompanying book, ‘This is Going to Hurt’ is a Sunday Times bestseller, and is being turned into a major BBC series. Copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance.

Cross Trust Artists of the Year @ St Matthews Church
May 23 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring Scotland’s outstanding new generation of musicians and following on from last year’s highly successful inaugural concert at Perth Festival of the Arts, The Cross Trust presents the finest in classical and jazz performance. Founded by Sir Alexander Cross of Battleby, Perthshire, The Cross Trust has been helping young Scots to fulfil their aspiration and potential for 75 years. Our jazz performers are Matthew Kilner (saxophone), Neil Birse (piano), Ewan Hastie (bass) and Richard Glassby (drums). Classical artists area Lauren McQuistin (soprano voice) and Hugh Mackay (‘cello).

Last Supper: One meal, a Lifetime in the Making with Jay Rayner @ Perth Theatre
May 24 @ 3:00 pm

It’s your last meal on earth. What are you going to have?
It’s the question award-winning restaurant critic and MasterChef judge Jay Rayner has been asked most often by audiences across the UK. Finally, he’s set out to answer it. In this barnstorming new show, Rayner examines our fascination with last meals and tells the stories behind the ingredients that would be on his menu: how he was introduced to oysters by his late mother, for example, or how he almost torched a hotel through his love for snails. He’ll also get the audience to design their own last meal.
My Last Supper with Jay Rayner. It’s a show to die for.

Tenebrae @ St John's Kirk of Perth
May 24 @ 7:30 pm
Under the direction of Nigel Short, award-winning choir Tenebrae presents a varied programme of some of the greatest masterworks in the choral repertoire, from Renaissance gems to the rich harmonies of the Romantic period.
Lobo’s Versa est in luctum and Allegri’s Miserere, mei Deus are pinnacles of Renaissance polyphony, and the Allegri in particular – composed in the seventeenth century for the choir of the Sistine Chapel – is widely celebrated for its astonishing beauty and poise. The far-reaching influence of these Renaissance masters can be heard in the sacred motets of Brahms and Bruckner, whose lavish harmonies nonetheless present an entirely new perspective; Tenebrae’s 2016 recording of this repertoire won ‘Best Choral Recording’ at the BBC Music Magazine Awards. The choir also presents two of Bach’s motets – undoubted cornerstones of the polyphonic tradition – alongside Poulenc’s Quatre motets pour un temp du penitence, whose tortured harmonies capture the suffering of Christ with almost unbearable directness.
Lobo, Versa est
Allegri, Miserere
Poulenc, Quatre motets
Bach – Komm, Jesu komm
Reger, Der mensch lebt und bestehet
Bruckner, Panga lingua
Bach, Wenn ich einmal soll schneiden
Bruckner, Christus factus est
Schütz, Jauchzet dem Herrn
Bruckner, Os iusti
Bach, Singet dem Herrn
Reger, Nachtlied
Please note seats in the nave will be reserved for the concert. Seats in the side will be unreserved and have restricted view but screens are available.
King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story @ Perth Theatre
May 25 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring world-class live music, narration and projected archive images and footage, this is the unique concert celebrating one of the greatest vocalists and entertainers of the Twentieth Century: Nat King Cole.
Featuring acclaimed vocalist, Atila, alongside a world-class group of musicians, this thoughtful and entertaining new show takes a fresh look at the life and work of the timeless Nat King Cole, whose vocal styling in songs such as Nature Boy, Unforgettable and When I Fall in Love defined a golder era of music and earned him a place in the history of American music as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time.
Following sell out shows at London’s Hippodrome and Ronnie Scott’s, and featuring many of Nat King Cole’s most celebrated songs, stylish reworkings of his lesser-known gems, as well as rare archive images and footage, this is a unique evening of music celebrating one of music’s all-time greats.

The Gondoliers – Scottish Opera @ Perth Concert Hall
May 26 @ 7:00 pm

Sunny, funny and with more ‘tra la la las’ per square inch than any other opera in the canon, this semi-staged concert performance of The Gondoliers is a joy from start to finish. In a flight of the satirical whimsy so typical of G&S, two happy-go-lucky gondoliers discover that one of them is, in fact, heir to the throne of a distant kingdom. True to their (adopted) Republican roots, they set off together to rule in idealistic, if somewhat chaotic, style…
The score sees Sullivan at the top of his game and is packed with favourites including the ‘Regular Royal Queen’ quartet. The fabulous ensemble cast includes ENO Harewood Artist William Morgan (The Magic Flute 2019), Ellie Laugharne (The Pirates of Penzance 2013), Ben McAteer (The Mikado 2016), Sioned Gwen Davies (Rigoletto 2018) and G&S favourite Richard Suart (The Mikado 2016). Scottish Opera’s Head of Music and G&S aficionado Derek Clark conducts.
Director Stuart Maunder
Conductor Derek Clark

Murder, She Didn’t Write @ Perth Theatre
May 26 @ 7:30 pm

A classic murder mystery is created on the spot in this ingenious and hilarious show from The Bristol Improv Theatre’s resident company.
You become Agatha Christie in this improvised comedy as each night an original murder mystery play is created based entirely on audience suggestions. Take up your magnifying glasses and don your deerstalkers for never-seen-before (and never-to-be-seen-again) evening of murder, mayhem and making it up. Professor Violet killed by corkscrew at the opera? Mr Gold crushed by a canon during a school parents’ evening? You decide! But will you work out the killer in time?

Tasmin Little @ Perth Concert Hall
May 27 @ 7:30 pm
Event details
Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent and in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall. Tasmin’s discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire and she has given numerous World Premiere performances. Tasmin is an exclusive recording artist for Chandos Records. Her recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davies and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra garnered outstanding critical acclaim and was awarded the Critic’s Choice Award in the 2011 Classic BRIT Awards. In early 2019, Tasmin made the announcement that, after a long and exciting career, she has decided to pursue new directions from Summer 2020. Perth Festival of the Arts is delighted to welcome Tasmin for her final appearance in Perth Concert Hall.
With John Lenehan (piano)
Brahms, Sonatensatz FAE
Lili Boulanger, Nocturne
Amy Beach, Sonata
Strauss, Sonata
Lenehan/ Little, “Tchaikovskiana” – Concert Fantasy on themes from Swan Lake
Thunderstruck @ Perth Theatre
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

Written and performed by David Colvin
The tragic and comic tale of the greatest bagpiper who ever lived. Fresh from its international run at Perth and Adelaide festivals in Australia and its Herald Angel Award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Thunderstruck is a one-man emotional rollercoaster exploring how the traditions of bagpipe music were rocked by Perthshire binman Gordon Duncan, and how he changed the life of one young piper, forever. Includes swearing and a four-piece rock band. Take whatever romantic notions you have of bagpipes and leave them at the door.
Age Guidance 12+

Aquarelle Guitar Quartette @ Perth Theatre
May 28 @ 7:30 pm
Event details
In celebration of some of cinema’s most memorable musical moments and drawing on music from their acclaimed disc of film score arrangements, ‘Final Cut’, the highly acclaimed Aquarelle Guitar Quartet makes a welcome return to Perth Festival of the Arts. Renowned for its imaginative repertoire, spanning a wide range of styles, periods and cultures, the ensemble presents an evening of music featuring many of its most popular pieces, with an eclectic mix from the group’s highly praised Chandos CDs.
Capriccio Espagnol – Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. William Kanengiser
Dancas Argentinas – Alberto Ginastera, arr. João Luiz Rezende Lopes
Bresils – Roland Dyens
Alfonsina y el mar – Ariel Ramirez, arr. Roland Dyens
La Vega – Isaac Albeniz, arr. David Roe
Minor Swing (from Chocolat) – Django Reinhardt, arr. Mike Baker
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – Ryuichi Sakamoto, arr. Vasilis Bessas
Malaguena Salerosa (from the film Kill Bill) – Trad., arr. Rory Russell
The Swan LK243 – Catriona McKay, arr. Mike Baker
Tarantella, based on a composition for Inti-Illimani Historico –  Trad., arr. Mike Baker
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – Planet Wave @ Perth Theatre
May 29 @ 7:30 pm

By Tommy Smith & Edwin Morgan
Featuring Niall Grieg Fulton
Celebrate Edwin Morgan’s centenary as the SNJO perform the colossal ‘PLANET WAVE’: an extraordinary collaboration between Morgan and composer Tommy Smith. Through music, theatre, sound effects and poetry, explore waves of history from the beginning of time 20 billion years B.C through early creation, demise of the dinosaurs, arrival of cavemen, the great flood, the construction of the great pyramid and the age of Copernicus 1543 A.D.

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe @ Perth Theatre
May 29 @ 7:30 pm

Dyad Productions. From the award-winning creators of Dalloway, I, Elizabeth, Orlando, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Christmas Gothic, The Time Machine, Female Gothic and Austen’s Women.
August 5th, 1962: Monroe as we’ve never seen her before: alone in her bedroom, in dressing gown and underwear; no glitz, no glamour, no masks. Overdosed on pills, the woman behind the icon unravels her remarkable life, taking us back through the memories of her closest relationships. Repeatedly stalked by a mysterious caller, the Hollywood icon tells all (Joe DiMaggio, Clark Gable, Arthur Miller, her mother – it’s all here), revealing a biting intelligence and an imperfect body, leading us in real time to the very moment of her death.
Written and Directed by Elton Townend Jones. Performed by Lizzie Wort. Age Guidance 12+

Manu Brazo & Prajna Indrawati @ Perth Theatre
May 30 @ 3:00 pm
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Spanish Saxophonist Manu Brazo is one of his generation’s most versatile young musicians with repertoire ranging from Gershwin to Milhaud and Hindemith. After studying in Seville at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel Castillo, Manu went on to graduate from the Royal College of Music. He made his concerto debut with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and the following year performed with the London Sinfonietta. He has also played with the London City Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic, Orquest Betica de Camara and Orquesta Filarmonia de Granada.
Manu was invited by promoters Live Nation to open for Sir Cliff Richard at the Greenwich Music Time Festival and for Downton Live at Highclere Castle to audiences of several thousand. He has performed as a soloist with many arts and music festivals across Europe and in 2018, performed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune as an Introducing Artist.
With Prajna Indrawati (piano)
A Gershwin Fantasy – Gerschwin/ Ralph Martino
Studies in English Folk Songs – Vaughan Williams (arr. Brazo)
Fantasia sulla Traviata – Verdi/ Lovreglio (arr. Brazo)
Siete Conciones Populares Espanolas – Falla (arr. Brazo)
Devil’s Rag – Jean Matitia