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Scottish Opera Highlights Tour

Scottish Opera Highlights Tour
Thursday 6th February 7.30pm
£15 / £5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

You’re invited…

The venue is confirmed, and the guest list is complete. The decorations have arrived, and the entertainment has been booked for a special garden party. But who is the mystery host? Join four singers and a pianist to find out, as we tour venues up and down Scotland with this celebration of all that is opera!

Enjoy a bumper crop of operatic highlights – including Delibes’ ‘Flower Duet,’ Vaughan Williams’ Blue larkspur in a garden’ and many more from the likes of Mozart, Léhar and Scottish Opera’s Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli.

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£15.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 06/02/2020

The Paul McKenna Band

The Paul McKenna Band
Saturday 15th February
7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

Bursting with enthusiasm and tight, driving rhythm, this young Scots band has been polishing its performance over the past few years… Scots/Irish amalgam of contemporary roots music… uptempo… swings along… deft instrumental textures…”
**** THE SCOTSMAN

Scotland’s PAUL MCKENNA  has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan


He and his band – comprising Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/ bouzouki/mandolin) and Ewan Baird (percussion) – draw on both Scottish and Irish roots, in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material, along with songs by like-minded authors including Peggy Seeger, Alistair Hulett and Jim Reid. Following 2016’s tenth anniversary release Paths That Wind, they’re currently at work on their fifth album.

“The Paul McKenna Band are at the forefront of Scotland’s new wave… with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years”
FATEA MAGAZINE

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concession (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 15/02/2020

Good Grief Tour

Jon Lawrence presents
The Good Grief Tour
Friday 21st February 7.30pm
£8 + £1 Booking Fee

Five deserts in search of my father and I.

Following the death of his father from cancer in 2017, author Jon Lawrence embarked on five mammoth treks through five deserts on five continents to raise money for The Big C cancer charity. The treks forced Jon to face his grief and depression, while helping him understand his sometimes difficult relationship with his father. GOOD GRIEF follows Jon as he walks through the Atacama, Sahara, Rangipo, Wadi Rum and Mojave deserts as he grapples with seering temperatures, altitude sickness and a damaged shoe.


Good Grief is a poignant, yet humorous account of one man’s journey to find his way through his grief and mental illness, to find his father and, in doing so, himself. It’s a story which will make you laugh, cry and think.

Price: General Admission £8.00

Date: 21/02/2020

Wanted

Gazebo Theatre presents
Wanted
Wednesday 4th March 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

A play In celebration and recognition of Women’s History Month 2020

In the midst of a time of uncertainty, division and political unrest, a young woman wrestles with her own isolation and call to respond……


WANTED explores the stories of 5 extraordinary ordinary women who share a passion for standing up for what is right. This powerful new play features an array of historical figures - Irena Sendler, who rescued more than 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation, Olive Morris, British Black Panther and avid activist for women and squatters’ rights, Phoolan Devi, the fearsome Bandit Queen, and a woman way ahead of her time, Dr James Barry, who adopted a male persona right through to her death to become the UK’s first female doctor

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concessions (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 04/03/2020

Elles Bailey

ELLES BAILEY
Thursday 19th March 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

2019 has been a hell of a year for the super smoky-voiced, hard-working and far-touring chanteuse Elles Bailey.

With a 2nd album in the UK Country & Americana charts, No.1 on the Amazon Blues Bestseller chart and 1.3 million streams since its release, Elles is a featured artist at key festivals and on international stages, including taking to the high seas for the Joe Bonamassa Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise alongside the man himself, Joe Bonamassa, King King, Samantha Fish, Walter Trout and many more.

As a self-confessed rolling stone - Elles genuinely does call the road home with her continual headline touring and she has, by dint of prodigious talent and sheer hard work, smashed through and past much bigger artists and bigger industry players - not least major record labels.

Like its chart-topping predecessor, her 2nd and latest album Road I Call Home features co-writing contributions from high calibre collaborators, including British hit-making legend and Ivor Novello Award winner Roger Cook, storied Memphis and Nashville giant Bobby Wood, as well as Dan Auerbach (of Akron, Ohio powerhouses The Black Keys) on the infectious  Little Piece of Heaven track.

When Elles lands in Birnam, don't think twice, just get here… a great evening and a long musical friendship will be waiting!

“Absolutely Superb” BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO 2

 “Nothing short of phenomenal” BUILDING OUR OWN NASHVILLE

Prices:
  • Concession (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 19/03/2020

The Royal Dunkeld Hotel (Solo Fiddles Concert)

Please Note: We are awaiting the full programme of events from the Niel Gow Festival Organisers

Niel Gow Festival 2020
Friday 20th March

Solo Fiddles Concert 
The Royal Dunkeld Hotel
7.30pm

Tickets £20/£5 (School Age) +£1 admin Fee

There will be performances from Iain Fraser, Ryan Young, Paul Anderson, Gordon Gunn and Charlie Mckerron.

 

Prices:
  • School Age (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£20.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 20/03/2020

Niel Gow Festival: Little Dunkeld Kirk

Niel Gow Festival 2020
Saturday 21st March

Concert 
The Little Dunkeld Kirk
10.30am

(Entry by donation)

There will be performances from Pete Clark and Muriel Johnstone as well as tunes played on Niel Gow's Fiddle.

 

Price: Entry by Donation £0.00

Date: 21/03/2020

Niel Gow Festival: Birnam Institute

Niel Gow Festival 2020
Saturday 21st March

Concert 
The Birnam Institute
12.00 noon - 1.30 pm

Tickets £15/£5 (School Age)

There will be a tribute to Niel Gow and performances from "Kist of Musik"and Alastair J.Hardie & Friends.

Prices:
  • School Age (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 21/03/2020

Niel Gow Festival: Afternoon Concert

Niel Gow Festival 2020
Saturday 21st March

Afternoon Concert 
The Birnam Institute
2.30pm - 5.00pm

Tickets £15/£5 (School Age)

There will be performances from Marie Fielding's Spectrum Project, Roddy Matthews & Iain Anderson, Hannah Fisher, Graham Mackenzie & Sorren Maclean, Iain Fraser & Anne Taylor, Ryan Young & Chris Amer.

 

Prices:
  • School Age (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£15.00)

Date: 21/03/2020

Niel Gow Festival: Evening Concert

Niel Gow Festival 2020
Saturday 21st March

Evening Concert 
The Birnam Institute
7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Tickets £20/£5 (School Age)

There will be performances from Alistair McCulloch & Aaron Jones, Adam Sutherland & Marc Clement, Paul Anderson & Brian McAlpine, Charlie McKerron & Marc Clement, Gordon Gunn & Brian McAlpine.

 

Prices:
  • School Age (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£20.00)

Date: 21/03/2020

Niel Gow Festival: Schools Concert

Niel Gow Festival 2020
Sunday 22nd March

Schools Concert 
The Birnam Institute
10.30 am - 11.30 am

Tickets £5 

There will be performances from Blairgowrie High School Ceilidh Band, Ceol na h-oiche (Pupils from Breadalbane Academy)

 

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 22/03/2020

Niel Gow Festival: Sunday Concert

Niel Gow Festival 2020
Sunday 22nd March

Sunday Concert 
The Birnam Institute
12.00 Noon - 1.30 pm

Tickets £5 

There will be performances by Students from the Junior School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rohallion, Liam Manion, William Macsween & Jake Paterson

 

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 22/03/2020

Niel Gow Festival: Sunday Afternoon Concert

Niel Gow Festival 2020
Sunday 22nd March

Sunday Afternoon Concert 
The Birnam Institute
2.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Tickets £20/£5 (School Age)

There will be performances from Riddell Fiddles, Douglas Lawrence & Maureen Rutherford, Suzanne Houston & Ruairidh MacMillan, Dunkeld & District  Strathspey & Reel Society.

 

Prices:
  • School Age (£5.00)
  • General Admission (£20.00)

Date: 22/03/2020

Tales of Beatrix

Tales of Beatrix: Gala Performance
With Colleen Nicoll and Andrew Johnston
And local Perthshire Primary Pupils
Sunday 29th March 2pm
£8/£5 u26s

Perthshire Primary school children have been working with soprano Colleen Nicoll and pianist Andrew Johnston to bring some of Beatrix Potter’s most loved stories to life through music. .. this Gala Performance is the culmination of many weeks’ work on a prestigious project by Colleen and Andrew entitled TALES OF BEATRIX.

Three schools have worked extremely hard alongside Colleen and Andrew to produce a mini opera based on the letters and stories that Beatrix wrote whilst holidaying in Birnam, so do come along and support this important piece of work and watch it unfold with over 60 children performing on stage!

Kindly supported by THE MISSES BARRIE CHARITABLE TRUST

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£8.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 29/03/2020

Timeless

Timeless
Oliver Cox in Concert
Friday 3rd April 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

In October 2019, internationally renowned percussionist and concert presenter Oliver Cox embarked on an exciting journey - five weeks travelling around Scotland in a campervan with a mobile composing studio in the back, and writing music inspired by this immersion in the solitude, vastness and magnificence of our land. The result - TIMELESS: a multimedia performance featuring music, film and photography, capturing a unique take on the wild beauty of Scotland.

As a professional classical percussion soloist and chamber musician for the last 20 years, Oliver's musical background is both eclectic and wide-ranging. He has been immersed in the drumming and rhythmic cultures of Africa and Latin America but, as a classical artist first and foremost, he’s been influenced by JS Bach, Stravinsky, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Olafur Arnalds, amongst many others. His compositions are contemporary neo-classical with an electronic twist, and Timeless will be performed live by Oliver on a variety of instruments including keyboards, live percussion and electronics. The work may also feature a guest artist. 

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concessions (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 03/04/2020

Feast of Fools

Feast of Fools
With Storyteller DanSerridge
Saturday 4th April 11am
£5 per ticket + £1 booking fee

Age 6yrs+

FEAST OF FOOLS, named as one of last year’s Storytelling Centre’s Edinburgh Fringe top ten must-see children’s shows of the year, features Glasgow Storyteller/Practitioner Dan Serridge in a participatory storytelling family performance that occurs in-the-round at a dinner table of the imagination.

Daniel takes you on a culinary journey through two possible menus, one disgusting or one delicious, in a performance designed to create the feeling of a family meal, regaling you with tales of disgusting banquets, salubrious suppers and measly meals with toasts, riddles and tongue twisters between the courses.

Disclaimer: There will be no food served at this event and as a consequence you’ll leave starving or never wanting to eat again! And, although its advertised as a children’s show, please don’t think you can’t turn up as an adult on your own. There’ll be plenty in it for you too!

**** THE LIST **** THE WEE REVIEW (Edinburgh Fringe)

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 04/04/2020

Dan Jones: Solo Guitar

Dan Jones: Solo Guitar
Friday 10th April 7.30pm

£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

DAN JONES, classically trained award-winning guitarist and a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, presents a programme encompassing a wide range of repertoire, from the great Spanish guitar classics to his own virtuosic arrangements of music from Ireland, France, England and Scotland.

Dan’s career has taken him across the UK and to Japan, Hungary, Brunei, the Czech Republic and France where he stayed for 7 years, teaching in music schools, as well as performing and continuing a recording career as a soloist, and playing in various classical, jazz and world music ensembles. He has also written numerous theatre scores, tutor books and has met and talked with Prince Charles following his work and audio book for visually impaired musicians.

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concessions (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 10/04/2020

Mulan

Puppet Animation Festival presents
Mulan
Saturday 11th April 11am

£5 + £1 Booking Fee

Based on the ancient Chinese legend, MULAN is considered to be one of the most visually stunning  films made by Disney. It was both Oscar and Golden Globe nominated for best animated film. Hua Mulan takes her father’s place in the army to fight the invading Huns by disguising herself as a young soldier 

“Vividly animated, with a bursting palette that evokes both the wintry grandeur and decorative splendor of ancient China, Mulan is both artful and satisfying”

Entertainment Weekly

 

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 11/04/2020

Songs of Scotland

Songs of Scotland
Pitlochry and District Choral Society
Conductor – Colleen Nicoll
Accompanist – Andrew Johnston
Soloist – David Douglas
Saturday 18th April 7pm

£12/£1 U16s + £1 Booking Fee 

Join Pitlochry and District Choral Society for an evening of beautiful music as they explore the works of some of Scotland’s great composers in SONGS OF SCOTLAND.
Conducted by local soprano Colleen Nicoll, accompanied by pianist Andrew Johnston with guest soloist, tenor David Douglas.

Tonight’s concert will include works by James Macmillan, Ken Johnston and Marjory Kennedy Fraser

'Pitlochry Choral again pulled out all the stops at their concert. They looked so relaxed and were obviously enjoying their singing. A wonderful evening!’

Prices:
  • U16s (£1.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 18/04/2020

The Carloways

The Carloways
Saturday 25th April
7.30pm

£12/£10/£5 + £1 Booking Fee 

With all band members hailing from Scotland, THE CARLOWAYS take their love for Americana and fuse it with a rock core to create tunes that are infectiously catchy. Originally formed by a bunch of school friends, the group is  not only very well known within their local music scene in Perth, but they’ve since made their mark by touring extensively  all over Scotland, including multiple appearances at Belladrum Festival, Eden Court Inverness, Stornoway and as far south as Cornwall, 19 sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017… they even landed a touring gig with the SNP’s Alex Salmond after the SNP’s Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh heard them play at a fundraising gig while she was the MP for Ochil and South Perthshire.

 

Prices:
  • U16s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concessions (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 25/04/2020

The All Sorts

Perthshire Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera presents
The All Sorts
Sunday 26th April 2pm for 3pm
£15 + £1 Booking Fee

Price includes a welcome glass of bubbly.

THE ALL SORTS were founded in the back of a car, no less, by four opera singers, all associated with Scottish Opera, who simply wanted an excuse to hang out together more.

Sarah Shorter – lady tenor, Jane Monari – a buttery biscuit bass, Grace Wain – mostly melody and Barbara Cole – the high stuff (their own descriptions of themselves!) decided to give a cappella a try and discovered they were rather good at it. Their idea was to form a group which could perform all musical styles: from Opera to Motown and Lieder to Disney, combining classic barbershop and classical arrangements… and it worked a treat – find out for yourselves in this entertaining afternoon concert!

Price: General Admission £15.00

Date: 26/04/2020

The Ladykiller

The Thelmas present
The Ladykiller
By Madeline Gould
With Hannah McClean
Directed by Madelaine Moore
Saturday 2nd May 8pm

£12/£10/£5 U26s + £1 Booking Fee

Ladykiller - a blood-soaked morality tale about victimhood, power and flipping the gender rule book on psychopathy… the gruesome, quintessential jet-black comedy.

A hotel room, a maid and a dead woman. It’s not what it looks like, REALLY, it’s not. It was self-defence… and anyway the woman was asking for it.

The chambermaid considers herself to be a pretty normal person; she goes to the cinema, she reads books. She pretended to read the party manifestos at the General Election. She’s even read The Psychopath Test and she’s pretty sure she’s not one, so…

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • Concessions (£10.00) + £1.00 Surcharge
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 02/05/2020

The Spinners

Raw Material presents
The Spinners
With Limosani Projekts & Al Seed
Friday 8th May 8pm
£12/£10/£5 U26s

Spin. Measure. Cut. The Thread of Life…

Raw Material’s THE SPINNERS (sell-out run Edinburgh Fringe) is an exhilarating ride into myth and imagination from renowned Scottish director Al Seed and award-winning Australian choreographer and dancer Lina Limosani as they plunge audiences into the story of the Fates of Greek mythology.

Limosani is joined by dancers Kialea Nadine-Williams and Mara Hulspas as the three Fates who spin, measure and cut the thread of life, creating an emotionally charged dance-theatre performance that weaves together themes of mortality, free will and sisterhood. 

The Spinners returns for a Scottish tour after a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018

“… a richly crafted theatrical tapestry that cleverly questions notions of destiny and female agency… full of intricate linear textures…. Goddesses on a quietly stunning odyssey… Intelligent, captivating and superbly performed”
*****
THE GUARDIAN

Prices:
  • U26s (£5.00)
  • Concessions (£10.00)
  • General Admission (£12.00) + £1.00 Surcharge

Date: 08/05/2020

Birnam Book Festival 2020 Weekend Pass Gift Card Early Bird Discount - limited availability 

Birnam Book Festival Weekend Pass Gift Card Early Bird Discount - limited availability 

 

Our Festival is an inclusive event for all ages, where our audiences can participate in workshops and lively discussions with authors, or just sit back to enjoy inspiring speakers and great music with a literary theme. The very first Birnam Book Festival, held November 2018, proved a sparkling success. Top names appearing included Jenny Colgan, Dean Burnett, Stuart Cosgrove, Darren McGarvey and international folk music legend Peggy Seeger. To celebrate the inaugural Birnam Book Festival, a sold out Anniversary Event was held on 23rd November 2019, featuring author/ musician Karine Polwart, illustrator Kate Leiper and author/English Professor Tom Mole. 

The next full festival weekend will take place at Birnam Arts from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May, 2020, with the programme soon to be announced. Early bird Weekend Passes are on offer for a limited time. The book lover’s perfect gift, pick one up while they are still available. 

“Basically, the Birnam Book Festival is pure dead brilliant” ~ author, Rose George. 

DATES: Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th May, 2020 EARLY BIRD WEEKEND PASS DISCOUNT: £85 (plus booking fee) 

Programme available March 2020.

Price: General Admission £85.00

Date: 22/05/2020

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