Perth Festival of the Arts 2016 – Book Now!
March 30, 2016 by Perthshire Creates
Perth Festival of the Arts – Thursday 19th – Sunday 29th May 2016
Tickets are now on sale for this fabulous 11 day annual Arts Festival with a wide programme of events for all the family. Perth Arts Festival brings top quality shows to Perth that may not be seen at other times of the year. Now in its 45th Year, Perth Arts Festival is one of the oldest continuously running arts festivals in Scotland, starting out as an opera and classical music festival in the early ’70s, it now covers all artforms.
This year there are 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, Nina Conti with her hilarious masks, 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 the invitation to play at this year’s event. With her new album out this year and her local connections with St Andrews and Dundee, she is the perfect headliner and should draw a great crowd to Perth Concert Hall on Friday 27th May.
Classical music, as always, will play 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. Allan Young, from Perth, who is studying at The Birmingham Conservatoire will return with his jazz trio to play in St John’s Kirk. Local talent also features with young Perth composer, Helen Mackinnon, who is writing a new piece of choral music for the Festival Service. Helen has been selected by Academy Award winner Ennio Morricone for a special mention at an international composing competition in Italy.
There are many free events including the popular ArTay marquee which will be packed full of contemporary Scottish Art. This year the Festival has commissioned a piece of sculpture from Aberfeldy artist Georgia Cook. It will be constructed of driftwood from the River Tay which has been washed up during the winter floods. There are also daily lunchtime concerts by Perthshire Schools and by Perth Youth Orchestra and lots of local exhibitions.
The Perth Arts Festival attracts audiences from all over the UK and abroad, it is one of the flagships of the city’s widening cultural programme and getting Perth noticed around the world as a vibrant cultural centre. In the last five years the Festival has had record audiences year on year.
Festival tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online, by telephone and at Perth Concert Hall Box Office. The Box Office opens at 10am daily except Sunday.