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Lunchtime Concerts – Live and Unlocked

We’ve all missed the joy of sharing live performance and now, in anticipation of Scotland moving into Tier 2, we are finally able to welcome you back into our wonderful hall! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy the first in-person concerts in the venue in over a year.

Jess Dandy, contralto
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Songs by John Dowland, Maurice Ravel, Korngold, Hector Berlioz, Joseph Horowitz, Charles Gounod, Robert Schumann and Dominic Argento

“Shall I strive with words to move?”
voicing the sixteenth century

Writers such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, Wyatt, and Sidney revelled in the rich tapestry of the English language. Over the Channel, a group of poets called The Pleiads – Ronsard, Du Bellay, De Baïf, were no less industrious, real life was textbook history in the making. We all know it, chapter and verse: the dissolution of the monasteries, the six wives, Bloody Mary, the Spanish Armada, Mary, Queen of Scots.

Jess Dandy and Malcolm Martineau follow the thread of this extraordinary century, charting its lasting and far-reaching musical influence through an amazing list of composers. Those who watched our Matthew Passion online will remember Jess’s extraordinary singing and Malcolm Martineau is one of the world’s great accompanists.

£11.50; no concessions (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Download your free programme here.

How it works
Please visit our Staying safe in our venues webpage and familiarise yourself with the steps you must follow.

Additional Information

Ticket sales close at 5pm the night before the concert.

All tickets must be bought in advance. If possible, book your tickets online, however if you are unable to do so you can email or leave a message by calling 01738 621031 and a member of the ticketing services team will get back to you. Please note wheelchair spaces cannot be booked online, please contact the ticketing team if you require this ticket type.

You can choose to save your ticket to your phone or print it off at home. Please don’t forget to bring it! We won’t be able to let you in without a valid ticket.

All tickets are sold as unreserved, however reserved seating will be allocated later. When you book you will receive a booking confirmation for the original purchase as well as a holding ticket. Further confirmation and tickets with full seating details will be emailed to you once reserved seating has been assigned and this is the ticket you should show on arrival at Perth Concert Hall.

If you are attending with more than one person, it is preferable for the whole group to be on one booking so you can be seated together.

Capacity for the performance is set at 100 seats.

The auditorium will be set as flat floor with cabaret seating and some seating in the raised stalls and balcony. If you have specific seating or access requirements, email

The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 1pm so you should arrive at Perth Concert Hall no later than 12.15pm to allow for all health checks* to be made. You must be seated by 12.50pm to enable the broadcast to commence on time. If you are attending in a household group, you should arrive at Perth Concert Hall together. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Face coverings must be worn whilst you are in the venue (unless you have a medical exemption).

Our team will escort you to your seats. If you are in a same household group, you will all sit together, if you are from different household groups then you will be seated in accordance with the current distancing rules of 2 metres - please contact if you have any queries regarding booking for more than one person.

Refreshments and programmes will not be available to purchase on the day, but you can download a pdf programme from the event webpage.

*Voluntary temperature check and COVID-19 contact questions

Information correct as at Monday 3 May 2021 - visit ScotGov

In co-production with BBC Radio 3

Other Info
Tue 25 May: 1:00pm