2019 Festival Reviews

Many of our 2019 Festival shows were reviewed to critical acclaim.  We are most grateful to all the reviewers who attended the Festival this year.  

Enjoy reading a range of online reviews below.  

Macbeth, English Touring Opera, Perth Concert Hall ★★★★ 

"Designed quite simply by Frankie Bradshaw, with fine lighting by Rory Beaton, the set created individual points of focus for moments like the “Is this a dagger?” soliloquy. The most memorable images in this modern dress version, however were created by the witches, a chorus of nine who look as far from “secret, black and midnight hags” as you might imagine, in vibrant teal habits" wrote Keith Bruce, The Herald. Full Article >>

Strathallan School, St John's Kirk of Perth

"It’s difficult enough during the summer exam season for individual pupils to make time for quality music-making so it was doubly gratifying that Strathallan was able to assemble a full brass ensemble to sign off, to the stirring strains of Julius Fuçik’s Florentiner March. ...This grand finale summed up all that is so obviously good about what is plainly a thriving and successful music department." Howard Duthie, Perthshire Advertiser. Full article >>  

Lewis Capaldi is star turn

"There is no doubt this gig will have proved memorable for those lucky enough to secure a ticket. And as they watch the singer go from strength to strength in the coming years – as seems inevitable – there will doubtless be many proud to say: “I was there the day he headlined Perth Festival of the Arts” wrote Dave Lord, Evening Telegraph. Full Article >>

Siberian night in Perth with the thrilling Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk ★★★ 

Of Tchaikovsky's symphonic poem Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture, David Smythe, Bachtrack wrote "The energy and passion of the main theme bursting out with brass ablaze was electrifying, but the almost chorale-like ending with searing strings preceded with ominous drum beat was especially touching." Full Article >>

An Audience with John Simpson 

"What kind of person can do such a job? To be emotionally involved enough to report with empathy, but to be committed enough to the story to stay and witness atrocities when others are fleeing. "In my profession", John Simpson said, "you almost get resigned to the fact you may not make it through the night." It was an insight into this character and the reality of his work." Annelie Carmichael, Small City Big Personality Full Article >>

"I'm totally won over"

"It's a really stripped back, intimate show. All Callum [Beattie]'s material tonight is great but things really get going with a lovely piano ballad entitled 'Some Heroes Don't Wear Capes'.  It has a haunting piano line and Callum's voice reminds me a little of Kenny Anderson from King Creosote, especially in the upper registers." Colin McSloy, Small City Big Personality Full Article >>

Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain 

"The production was lots of fun for all ages and truly reflects the Perth Festival of the Arts ongoing commitment to providing something for everyone. And by the end of it you really did feel better about the era we're living in now!" The Perthshire Magazine, Full Article (pg. 70) >>