This is a big year for Perth Festival as it celebrates its 45th birthday from the 19th to 29th May. One of the highlights in the cultural calendar and founded in 1972, it is one of Scotland’s oldest continuously running arts festivals. Well known names such as KT Tunstall, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guests Pauline Black & Arthur "Gaps" Hendrickson from The Selecter, Mercury Music Prize nominees The Unthanks, Manran, Dundee band Sinderins and Radio 4 favourites Alex Horne and The Horne Section will all appear at this year’s event.
The Festival is delighted that KT Tunstall has accepted our invitation to play at the Festival. She is the perfect headliner with her new album out this year. Her local connections with St Andrews and Dundee should draw a great crowd to Perth Concert Hall on Friday 27th May.
Classical music, as always, plays a big part in the event with BBC Proms regulars The John Wilson Orchestra opening the Festival with a glitzy Broadway programme and The Hallé Orchestra closing the Festival with Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. English Touring Opera will stage a new full production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with elegant costumes, scenery and the 25 player ETO orchestra and world-class choir, The Sixteen, return to St John’s Kirk with their Choral Pilgrimage. Other classical gems include Scottish Opera’s Pop-Up Opera Roadshow, a programme of Satie by Pascal and Ami Rogé, The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet and Children’s Classic Concerts perform a Roald Dahl celebration.
There are many free events including the popular ArTay marquee, packed full of contemporary Scottish Art, daily lunchtime concerts by Perthshire Schools and by Perth Youth Orchestra and lots of local exhibitions. The Festival is a registered charity. Over the years it has grown from its classical and opera roots to embrace a wide range of art forms
Tickets will go on sale on the 28th March. More information on each of the shows can be seen at www.perthfestival.co.uk