Now in its 47th year, Perth Festival of the Arts is one of Scotland’s most established festivals and this year, the programme has been created to showcase diversity across the arts.
The Festival historically began with a strong emphasis on classical music and over the years, this has expanded and evolved with the Festival welcoming big names such as Van Morrison and The View to the event in recent years.
The line-up this year features everything from contemporary art and opera, to world-renowned musicians, bands and comedians.
We’ve highlighted some shows below that are definitely worth heading along to when Perth Festival of the Arts gets underway next week!
English Touring Opera – The Marriage of Figaro
A superb production suitable for seasoned opera-goers as well as newbies. This is one of Mozart’s most loved operas and it will be performed by a stunning cast which will see two Scottish sopranos make their home debuts!
The opera is performed in English and the energetic production will give the audience laughter and fun throughout. Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally be united as man and wife.
The Marriage of Figaro takes centre stage on the Festival’s opening night at Perth Concert Hall on Thursday 17th May. Tickets range from £25 - £45, with tickets for school children just £10! Click here to book your tickets.
Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Made famous by the 1995 film ‘Brassed Off’ starring local actor Ewan McGregor, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band was formed in 1917 during the First World War.
The band has performed at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the London Olympics in 2012, and even at the Eurovision Song Contest in front of a 50 million-strong television audience – and they will add Perth Concert Hall to their list of prestigious venues when they perform as part of the Festival line-up on Saturday 19th May.
Tickets are £20 with school children going for just £10. Click here to book your tickets.
Elephant Sessions, Siobhan Miller & FARA
A night of beautiful Celtic and Scottish music from three multi-award-winning Scottish acts!
Highlanders Elephant Sessions won the BBC Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Album of the Year’ for 2017, and have appeared at a number of Europe’s most notable festivals in the past year to huge acclaim. They’ll be joined on the night by Siobhan Miller – twice winner of Scots Singer of the Year who has appeared on Broadway and guested on US/UK TV drama, Outlander – and FARA, a band of four girls from Orkney who produce a beautiful yet fiery sound deeply influenced by their island roots.
Tickets for this wonderful night are £20 with school children going for £10. The show takes place at Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday 23rd May – click here to book your tickets.
Royal Northern Sinfonia
The UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra comes to Perth Festival of the Arts for a night of stunning music at Perth Concert Hall.
The Guardian are quoted as saying, “there is no better chamber orchestra in Britain” and the Royal Northern Sinfonia has built a worldwide reputation through its music-making and the connection they make with their audiences.
The orchestra has performed at Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms, and they also frequently appear at other festivals in Europe.
They will take to the stage at Perth Concert Hall on Sunday 20th May and the orchestra will be conducted by the brilliant Lars Vogt. Tickets range from £25 - £28 and just £10 for school children. Click here to book your tickets.
An Evening with the Rev Richard Coles
A special evening at the newly refurbished Perth Theatre with a complete all-rounder – the Rev Richard Coles!
Famous from his time in The Communards, the versatile entertainer has moved from pop music to television and radio, regularly appearing on shows such as Newsnight, QI and ‘Have I Got News for You?’, as well as being a regular host of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Saturday Live’ programme.
Always witty, this promises to be a fun evening which will be thought-provoking, interesting and filled with Richard’s quick and inventive humour. Tickets for the show range from £10 - £20 – click here to book yours now!
For full details about the rest of the Perth Festival of the Arts programme, visit the Perth Festival of the Arts website or follow them on: