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The Niel Gow Festival 2019

The Niel Gow Festival 2019
Friday 15th - Sunday 17th March

Birnam Arts is delighted to once again be the central hub of The Niel Gow Festival 2019 a celebration of the life and music of renowned Perthshire fiddler Niel Gow (1727 - 1807) raised in nearby Inver and who is widely regarded as the most influential Scottish fiddler of the 18th century.

Growing in popularity each year, the festival attracts fiddle and traditional Scottish/Celtic musical enthusiasts from across the world. Birnam Arts will be hosting a number of concerts between Friday 15th and Sunday the 17th March in our main auditorium whilst a range of workshops take place in our smaller rooms throughout the festival.


Birnam Arts/Little Dunkeld Church/Royal Dunkeld Hotel

Concerts: £15/£5 U18s
Workshops: £10/£5 U18s

Based at Birnam Arts, the 16th Annual Niel Gow music extravaganza brings together not only fiddle players professional and amateur, but also fiddle makers, music publishers and fiddle fans from all over Scotland and beyond. Instigated in order to raise funds for a memorial to 18th century fiddler Niel Gow of Inver, the festival has itself become a living tribute to Dunkeld and Birnam's local hero – Niel Gow even attracted fandom from the great Robert Burns, no less!

With concerts, workshops and guided walks, there is something for everyone. And, as is the case at any festival, the informal and spontaneous music sessions which can arise in pubs and hotels often prove to be memorable highlights.

Tickets now on sale.

Niel Gow 2019 Website

The Hard Road to Everest: Doug Scott CBE

The Hard Road to Everest
Mountaineering talk by Doug Scott CBE
Saturday 11th May 8pm
£13/£11/£5 U16s

Legendary mountaineer Doug Scott’s fascinating insight into how a lad born in Nottingham, during the darkest days of WW2, got into climbing on the Black Rocks in Derbyshire, aided with nothing but his mother’s clothes line, and how this led him to Everest in 1975.

Doug and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to reach the summit of Everest as lead climbers on Chris Bonington’s epic expedition to the mountain’s south-west face, surviving the highest bivouac ever – without bottled oxygen, sleeping bags and, as it turned out, frostbite. For Doug Scott, it was the fulfilment of a fortune-teller’s prophesy given to his mother: that her eldest son would be in danger in a high place with the whole world watching!

Returning home national heroes, Scott went on to become one of Britain’s greatest ever mountaineers, pioneering new climbs in the remotest corners of the globe in a career that has spanned the 60s golden age of mountain climbing through to the lightweight alpinism  of the 70s and 80s.

Proceeds from the evening will support the work of Community Action Nepal and includes a sale of Nepalese goods and an auction of a signed, framed mountaineering print. Doug will show a short video about CAN and update the audience about the post-earthquake reconstruction of CAN’s projects.  He will also be signing copies of his posters and books.



  • U16s (£5.00)
  • Concession (£11.00)
  • General Admission (£13.00)

Date: 11/05/2019


Macbeth: Verdi 
Tayside Opera
Thursday 23rd May
7.30 pm
£15/£10/£7 U16s & Students


Performed in English

Verdi’s MACBETH is a four act opera with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave,  but performed tonight in English, based on Shakespeare's play of the same name. Written for the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, it was Verdi's tenth opera and premiered on 14 March 1847. Macbeth was the first Shakespeare play that Verdi adapted for the operatic stage. Almost twenty years later, Macbeth was revised and expanded in a French version performed in Paris on 19 April 1865.

The first version of Macbeth was completed during the time which Verdi described as his galley years, which ranged over a period of 16 years, and one which saw the composer produce 22 operas. By the standards of the subject matter of almost all Italian operas during the first fifty years of the 19th century, Macbeth was highly unusual.


  • U16s/Students (£7.00)
  • Concession (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 23/05/2019

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado about Nothing
The Three Inch Fools
Sunday 21st July 8pm
£12 adult/£6 U18/£30 family (2+2)/Free for under-10s

Presenting an inventive take on Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - a rip-roaring comedy of quarrels, deceptions and a frustratingly stupid man called Dogberry, The Three Inch Fools are an innovative touring theatre company, acclaimed for their fast-paced and musically driven approach to Shakespeare.

With a reputation for staging bold and vibrant productions, using all sorts of different instruments, plenty of multi-roling and many a quick costume change along the way, The Three Inch Fools soundtrack moves between folk music and world music to classical, rock, pop and opera - and everywhere in between!

Birnam Arts | Sunday 21st July | 8pm

Inspired by the tradition of a travelling troupe of players, performing at interesting, historic and quirky locations across the land, The Three Inch Fools are in their fifth year of touring, having so far performed at over 100 venues, and to almost 35,000 audience members, including castles, gardens, stately homes, historic barns, National Trust properties, village greens, churches, museums, arts centres, and this year, at Balmoral and Sandringham… to the Fools, all the world really is a stage.

Hamlet by The Three Inch Fools - totally worth getting totally soaked for :)”

  • Under 10s (£0.00)
  • U18 (£6.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00)
  • Family (2+2) (£30.00)

Date: 21/07/2019

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