Dive into the Diverse: Perth Festival of the Arts

Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in Sound and Animation is brought to life on 1st June at Perth Concert Hall in an innovative animated presentation with the acclaimed Fairey Band
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in Sound and Animation is brought to life on 1st June at Perth Concert Hall in an innovative animated presentation with the acclaimed Fairey Band

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Perth Festival of the Arts

From: 22 May 2024

To: 1 Jun 2024

Perth
Perthshire
PH2 8LW

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Perth Festival of the Arts is one of the longest-established independent arts festivals in Scotland and this year maintains its uncommonly diverse programme, again encompassing classical, international, jazz, opera and folk music, a programme of community involvement, and myriad unique stagings over twelve days. Balancing contemporary arts and long-established tradition, the Festival is central in developing and promoting the city of Perth on the arts stage.

Hebrides Ensemble
Hebrides Ensemble celebrate Scottish and French music with their ‘Auld Alliance’ at St John’s Kirk, 23rd May, playing a Franco-Scottish combination of music by Judith Weir, Jean Françaix, Lyell Cresswell, Claude Debussy, Sally Beamish, Olivier Messiaen and Maurice Ravel.

The Festival’s long-standing classical core programme welcomes musicians from across the world, with innovative reinterpretations of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. renowned choral colossus Tenebrae, the Czech National Orchestra, European ensemble Il Giardino d’Amore marking 300 years since Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons first appeared in print. Other highlights include the Festival debut of Hebrides Ensemble and the acclaimed Fairey Band’s brass-band arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, with animated interpretations.

Popular radio DJ Craig Charles brings his famous Funk and Soul Party to Perth Concert Hall on 31st May.
Popular radio DJ Craig Charles brings his famous Funk and Soul Party to Perth Concert Hall on 31st May.
'Mozart's Magic Flute' is at Perth Theatre 22nd and 26th May
‘Mozart’s Magic Flute’ is at Perth Theatre 22nd and 26th May

There’s an array of events for families, including a modelling workshop with Aardman Animations, and a screening of their classic animation The Wrong Trousers with live brass accompaniment, plus magical underwater adventure with Singing and Rainbows Under the Sea.

Fun Lovin' Crime Writers
Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers

The unusual idea of a crime writers’ supergroup takes shape with The Fun LovinCrime Writers, featuring award-winning partners-in-crime-writing Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre and other authors who have together sold 20 million books, and who now are joining to entertain with play and chat.

Comedy highlights include An Evening with Rory Bremner and classical music fun with percussionist Mick Doran’s An A-Z of Orchestral Triangle Playing and virtuoso playing and singing of Pulman & Stilgoe – A Couple of Swells.

Henry Naylor in Afghanistan is Not Funny. Image Jack Ollila
Henry Naylor in Afghanistan is Not Funny. Photo Jack Ollila.

And definitely on the serious side, the Fringe First Award-winning one-man play Afghanistan Is Not Funny with Henry Naylor: the extraordinary true story of a British comedian and photographer in the war-torn country.

The annual Artists of The Year concert returns to St. Matthew’s Church, featuring some of the Scotland’s finest classical and traditional musicians, including Eleanor Pugsley, Tallulah Rose and Ailsa Black.

Young Scottish band Moonlight Zoo are set to play at SCOTLAND TRENDING, 8th June.
Young Scottish band Moonlight Zoo are set to play at SCOTLAND TRENDING, 8th June.

The Festival also promises ‘extra’ events such as SCOTLAND TRENDING on 8th June, showcasing the hottest bands and singer-songwriting talent in Scotland.

The ever-popular visual art component of the Festival, ArTay in Partnership with Lindsays, is set to return 23rd – 26th May.

And, always of interest to Artmag readers, one of the largest annual exhibitions of contemporary Scottish art, ArTay in Partnership with Lindsays returns by popular demand, with an exciting curated exhibition of established Scottish artists and fresh new talent – an unmissable pop-up gallery in the outdoor plaza of Perth Concert Hall, organised in conjunction with Frames Gallery. And look out for exhibitions by Perthshire Photographic Society and Perthshire Art Association.

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