Food of love at Ruthven Music Festival

Musicians and festival patrons take a break from rehearsals for this weekend's Ruthven Music Festival.
Musicians and festival patrons take a break from rehearsals for this weekend's Ruthven Music Festival.

Many of Scotland’s top classical musicians will descend upon Ruthven, on the banks of the River Isla, this weekend for the annual festival.

The 24th Ruthven Music Festival will begin with a concert on the evening of Friday, June 7 and continue with a second concert on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9.

The June 7 concert will feature the music of Italian composers including, for the first time, a Chamber Organ Continuo, a style of music ideally suited to the acoustics of Ruthven Church. As well as performances by the Festival’s own orchestra, the Ruthven Festival Musicians, there will be performances by oboe soloist Geoffrey Bridge and Perth-based choir Chansons.

June 9’s concert will revolve around the theme ‘If Music Be The Food Of Love’ and includes Spring and Summer from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and by composers Tchaikowsky, Glazunov, Percy Fletcher and Astor Piazzolla, an Argentinean composer famous for his tangos! The violin soloist in the Vivaldi and Piazzolla pieces will be Ben Norris, a young violinist from Perth who is making a real name for himself on the international music scene.

At both concerts, the Ruthven Festival Musicians will be led by Audrey Mattner, with Howard Duthie conducting the orchestra on June 7 and, on June 9, Allan Young wielding the conductor’s baton.

Although music is the focus of the Ruthven Festival, the social side plays a vital part in its long-running success, with a finger buffet supper following the concert on Friday evening and, on Sunday afternoon, strawberries and cream. To book tickets contact Evelyn Hood at ruthvenfestival@tiscali.co.uk/01828 632558 or hepworth393@btinternet.com/01828 632799.