The Fairey Band brings European Film Premiere to 2024 Festival


The KNDS Fairey Band will be performing a double bill of audiovisual entertainment at the Perth Festival of Arts on 1st June at the Concert Hall. In the afternoon, the Scottish premiere of Wallace & Gromit – The Wrong Trousers with brass band live. 

In the evening, the European premiere of a fantastic film to complement a live performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

The KNDS Fairey Band are delighted to bring their latest audio-visual project to the Perth Festival of the Arts in June.

Under the baton of Scottish-born guest conductor and Professor of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, Mark Heron, the band will perform Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, transcribed for brass by Elgar Howarth.

As part of the same concert, the band’s Principal Cornet, Dundee-born Iain Culross, will perform Alexander Arutunian’s virtuosic and energetic Trumpet Concerto.

The band’s performance of Pictures at an Exhibition will be complemented by the European premiere screening of a stunning film set across 3 screens, taking the audience on an immersive journey, reimagining and bringing to life the pictures that inspired one of Mussorgsky’s most popular works.

Pictures at an Exhibition

The film, commissioned by the renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas for the grand opening of New World Symphony Hall in Miami in 2011, was created by the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, California. Using technology developed by US-based company ION Concert Media, the performance utilises the innovative system Muséik which allows a human performer to manipulate visuals in real-time to sync with the band.

Nigel Beasley, chair of the KNDS Fairey Band, said: “The band are so excited to perform these magnificent pieces with Mark Heron at such a fantastic venue. This concert marks another innovative step for bands, where we continue to push the boundaries of what a brass band can do, following the success of our reinvigorated Acid Brass performances and recent Shaun the Sheep – Flight before Christmas shows."

Earlier in the afternoon, audiences will be treated to the Scottish premiere of Wallace & Gromit – The Wrong Trousers, with brass band accompaniment conducted by the bands MD Phil Chalk.

Featuring an exciting first half showcasing new arrangements, this afternoon concert on the 1st June is sure to be a concert for all the family.

Tickets for both events are available via our What's On page