Ruthven celebrates 25 years

Some of the patrons and musicians who attended last year's Ruthven Music Festival.

Some of the patrons and musicians who attended last year's Ruthven Music Festival.

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This year is the silver anniversary of the Ruthven Music Festival, the highly popular celebration of classical music held in the delightful setting of Ruthven Church.

To mark this very special occasion, this year’s festival will consist of two performances of classical music by many of the area’s top classical musicians and singers on Friday, June 6 and Sunday, June 8, as well as a masterclass and recital later in the summer.

Evelyn Hood, festival committee secretary, said: “Our Silver Anniversary concerts in June will feature two excellent programmes of classical music by the Ruthven Festival Musicians, conducted by Howard Duthie and Allan Young.”

On the evening of June 6, the programme will open with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. There will also be a very special performance, by Perth choir Chansons, of Tom Cunningham’s highly-acclaimed ‘Scotland at Night’, which sets the poems of Alexander McCall Smith to music.

At the concert on the afternoon of Sunday, June 8, the Ruthven Festival Musicians, conducted by Allan Young, will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and music by Delius, Mozart and Schubert.

Evelyn, whose late husband Angus founded the festival, continued: “Twenty five Festivals ago, the idea behind the Ruthven Festival was that it would feature music that was familiar and music that the audience would most likely not have heard before but would almost certainly want to hear again.

“This excellent philosophy has ensured the festival has gone from strength to strength over the last 25 years.”

Tickets are £20 for each concert and can be booked on ruthvenfestival@tiscali.co.uk/01828 632558.