Emerging talents combine with well-established favourites to create a bumper season at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre this autumn.
Horsecross caught up with newly discovered young Scots singing sensation, Tommy Reilly between festival appearances to launch the chunky new September to December brochure at Perth Concert Hall on Monday.
Winner of this year's Channel 4 Orange Unsigned competition, Tommy has now scored a major record deal and a number one Scottish single with Jackets. He is one of the highlights of the new season's programme, performing with support act Pearl of Pearl and the Puppets in Perth Concert Hall in September.
On the other end of the musical scale, but no less of a coup for Horsecross, the Fair City will be the focus for classical music fans from throughout the UK as internationally renowned pianist Mitsuko Uchida has chosen Perth Concert Hall as the only British venue on her summer tour.
Continuing on the classical theme, Perth's third annual Schubertiad takes place in October, Scotland's national orchestras return to Perth with an exclusive selection of musical masterpieces and the popular Lunchtime Concerts series sees performances from top international musicians.
Not forgetting the recent crowning of Perth Concert Hall as Venue of the Year in the Scottish Traditional Music Awards, Horsecross carries on its support of the traditional scene welcoming acts including Caledon, Dougie MacLean, the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra as well as hosting A National Treasure III celebrating the life and music of Gordon Duncan. Roots music star, Christy Moore and king of country Charlie Landsborough are further attractions for trad music fans.
The drama season launches in Perth Theatre with a new production of one of Scotland's best loved plays, comedy classic The Steamie. Set in a Glasgow wash house, we join in the songs, laughter and tears of the workers as they rush to finish their washing before the Hogmanay bells. Silver Darlings set in the early days of the herring fisheries around Scotland is brought to Perth by the team behind Sunset Song. And the halcyon days of Foggy, Compo and Clegg are revisited in Last of the Summer Wine featuring Ruth Madoc, Tony Adams and Brookside's Steven Pinder.
Christmas in Perth is a truly special time and Horsecross presents a series of seasonal treats to get everybody in the festive mood. This year's Christmas show is the charming and magical Christmas musical about that loveable rascal Pinocchio, Hogmanay features The Treacherous Orchestra and The Hazey Janes and, looking ahead to February, Perth Concert Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland for Snow White on Ice with The Russian Ice Stars.
And, to warm up those chilly autumn evenings with a chuckle, a diverse range of comedians will grace the Perth Concert Hall stage including Tim Minchin, brochure cover star Simon Amstell, Julian Clary, Ed Byrne and Jonathan Watson in Only an Excuse?
Further highlights include mind-boggling psychic Sally Morgan, the legendary Elkie Brooks, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and for younger audiences; Bob the Builder and The Singing Kettle.
Community groups Horsecross Players and Horsecross Voices kick off again in September, and the new Classical Club invites Lunchtime Concerts goers to join Horsecross creative directors for chat, fun and informal pre-show talks.
Pick up a brochure in Perth Concert Hall or Perth Theatre for full programme details or visit the Horsecross website on www.horsecross.co.uk. For tickets, visit the website or call Box Office on 01738 621 031.