Quality shines in 2015 Perth Festival Programme
The organisers of Perth Festival of the Arts are preparing for the 44th Festival, which will take place from the 21st to 31st May 2015 in Perth Concert Hall and St John’s Kirk. It is one of the oldest continuously running Arts Festivals in Scotland.
Well known names such as The Proclaimers, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, saxophonist Courtney Pine, King Creosote, Classic fm broadcaster John Suchet who will talk about Beethoven, Ronnie Scott’s All Star Quintet with Claire Martin, Simply Gershwin and the West End comedy show about Downton Abbey will all feature in the 2015 programme. There is even a Headphone Disco, a new innovation for the Festival, in the marquee beside Perth Concert Hall and a Festival ceilidh with the Jim Makay dance band.
English Touring Opera will stage a new production of Puccini’s “La boheme” at Perth Concert Hall. This is a full production with scenery, costumes and the 25 player ETO orchestra using the Concert Hall’s orchestra pit. Norwegian star trumpeter, Tine Thing Helseth will play the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra from Manchester. The Royal Marines Band with musicians from Portsmouth and Scotland will play the Final Concert compered by John Suchet. Scottish Opera bring their trailer tour to Perth where they will be performing free shows in their trailer, which is a mock up of Glasgow’s Theatre Royal. World-class choir The Sixteen return to St John’s Kirk with their Choral Pilgrimage and Red Priest perform a programme of Handel. Former Marines and RSNO French horn player Frank Lloyd gives a recital in St John’s Kirk. And there is a sweet tribute to accordion player William Hannah. Local talent is represented by Andrew Forbes, who will play an organ recital in St John’s Kirk.
The Proclaimers will headline the Festival on Saturday 23rd May in Perth Concert Hall. After completing a 2-year World Tour late in 2013, Craig and Charlie took 2014 off to focus entirely on writing a new album. They headed to Rockfield Studios in December with their band and producer Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey, Idlewild, The Who) and recorded their 10th studio album 'Let's Hear It For The Dogs' to be released on Cooking Vinyl in April this year. King Creosote and his eight piece band will also play the Festival on the 22nd May featuring pieces from the sound track “Scotland With Love” and with numbers from his back catalogue.
There are many free events including the popular ArTay marquee, packed full of contemporary Scottish Art, daily lunchtime concerts by Perthshire Schools and by Perth Youth Orchestra and lots of local exhibitions. The Festival is a registered charity. Over the years it has grown from its classical and opera roots to embrace a wide range of art forms. Full details of the programme can be found at www.perthfestival.co.uk.