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This is a big year for Perth Festival as it celebrates its 45th birthday from the 19th to 29th May...

One of the highlights in the cultural calendar and founded in 1972, it is one of Scotland’s oldest continuously running arts festivals. Well known names such as KT Tunstall, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guests Pauline Black & Arthur "Gaps" Hendrickson from The Selecter, Apollo favourite Nina Conti and her “In Your Face” comedy show, Mercury Music Prize nominees The Unthanks, Manran, Dundee band Sinderins and Radio 4 favourites Alex Horne and The Horne Section will all appear at this year’s event.

The Festival organisers are delighted that KT Tunstall has accepted their invitation to play at the Festival, saying she is the perfect headliner with her new album out this year. Her local connections with St Andrews and Dundee should draw a great crowd to Perth Concert Hall on Friday 27th May.

Classical music, as always, is an essential part of the event with BBC Prom regulars The John Wilson Orchestra opening the Festival with a glitzy Broadway programme and The HallĂ© Orchestra closing the Festival with Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. English Touring Opera will stage a new full production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with elegant costumes, scenery and the 25 player ETO orchestra and world-class choir, The Sixteen, return to St John’s Kirk with their Choral Pilgrimage. Other classical gems include Scottish Opera’s Pop-Up Opera Roadshow, a programme of Satie by Pascal and Ami RogĂ©, The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet and Children’s Classic Concerts perform a Roald Dahl celebration. Allan Young, from Perth, who is studying at The Birmingham Conservatoire will return with his jazz trio to play in St John’s Kirk. Local talent also features with young Perth composer, Helen Mackinnon, who is writing a new piece of choral music for the Festival Service. Helen has been selected by Academy Award winner Ennio Morricone for a special mention at an international composing competition in Italy.

There are many free events including the popular ArTay marquee which will be packed full of contemporary Scottish Art. This year the Festival has commissioned a piece of sculpture from Aberfeldy artist Georgia Cook. It will be constructed of driftwood from the River Tay which has been washed up during the winter floods. There are also 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.

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