Perth Festival celebrates its 45th birthday from the 19th to 29th May. One of the highlights in the cultural calendar, 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, Apollo favourite Nina Conti, The Unthanks, Manran, Dundee band Sinderins and Radio 4 favourites Alex Horne and The Horne Section will all appear feature.
Classical music is an essential part of the event with BBC Prom regulars The John Wilson Orchestra with a Broadway programme and The Hallé Orchestra with Beethoven’s 5th. English Touring Opera will stage Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, 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 returns with his jazz trio to play in St John’s Kirk.
There are many free events including the popular ArTay marquee which will be packed full of contemporary Scottish Art. There are also daily lunchtime concerts by Perthshire Schools and by Perth Youth Orchestra and lots of local exhibitions.