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Perth Festival of the Arts, 20 - 29 May 2021

Scotland’s ancient capital for five centuries, the city of Perth is today home to one of the longest-standing arts festivals in the country. Centring around a classical music core, Perth Festival of the Arts is vibrant 10-day celebration of the arts with a variety of recitals, opera, orchestral and choral concerts taking place in venues around the city. For five decades, Perth Festival has hosted internationally renowned musicians including Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Nigel Kennedy, English Touring Opera and international orchestras. Audiences visit from across the UK and internationally to enjoy an arts-packed festival in the ‘Fair City’ which runs along the beautiful banks of the River Tay.

Now in its 49th year, the 2021 Festival will take place online, opening the doors to Perth’s cultural spaces and concerts to audiences around the world. Between 20-29 May, the Festival will broadcast concerts filmed across the city’s stunning range of modern and historic cultural venues and featuring a world class line-up of classical artists. From intimate 'as live' performances filmed in a restored rustic barn in the heart of Perthshire, to glorious a cappella music sung amidst the sculptures of Perth Museum & Art Gallery, audiences can enjoy the city’s venues 'as never seen before' in this unique concert experience.

Festival-goers can pick up a ‘series pass’ which gives access to the full classical run. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the city of Perth from anywhere in the world and enjoy a rich programme of world-class musicians, singers and conductors.

For more information please visit the website of Perth Festival of the Arts by clicking here. 

The Festival’s Classical Concert Series features eight uniquely programmed and produced concerts which are also available to view ‘on demand’ for 10 days from broadcast. Opening the Festival is pioneering string orchestra Scottish Ensemble who will take audiences on a journey through the Balkans, Central Europe, the Americas, Scandinavia and back to Scotland once more. The concert is a celebration of the arrival of summer with music by Macmillan, Anna Meredith, Schubert, Dvorak and Piazzolla. The Sixteen will perform music from their new album Good night, beloved, including Whiteacre, Naylor and a new commission by Roderick Williams. A post-concert live Q&A will take place virtually with The Sixteen’s Conductor and Founder Harry Christophers.

Recitals include international ensemble the Sitkovetsky Trio, and the brilliant pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason who will perform from Perth Concert Hall. Spanish saxophonist Manu Brazo performs his REVIVE programme, created last year when there was a world without music and offers fresh arrangements of popular classical music performed by a unique ensemble of saxophone, violin and piano. A highlight promises to be award-winning vocal ensemble The Gesualdo Six, who will present a programme of works from Renaissance Italy, exploring how the madrigal came to be a powerful (and popular) form for communicating ardent emotions. The series will close with Nicola Benedetti performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra after the orchestra performs Mozart’s sunny, playful Symphony No. 33.

Perth Concert Hall
Perth Museum & Art Gallery
Perth Theatre
The Byre at Inchyra