Silver anniversary for Ruthven Music Festival

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Exactly 25 years since the first Ruthven Music Festival was held, this year’s Silver Anniversary season will hit all the right notes at its opening concerts on June 6 and June 8.

The Ruthven Music Festival takes place in the acoustically-perfect Ruthven Community Hall (formerly Ruthven Church), which is just off the A926 Alyth to Kirriemuir Road, three miles east of Alyth.

Evelyn Hood, Ruthven Festival committee member, said: “With first class musicians and singers performing some of classical music’s finest pieces, our audiences are once again in for a treat.

“With our stunning location overlooking the River Isla and the ancient Ruthven oak wood, there can be few concert venues as beautiful as ours.”

Evelyn explained that, as well as the concerts in June, the Ruthven Music Festival 2014 also features a masterclass for the piano on July 12 and a recital on September 7.

She continued: “Our June concerts will feature programmes of classical music by the Ruthven Festival Musicians, who will be conducted by Howard Duthie on June 6 and Allan Young on June 8.

“On the evening of June 6, the programme will open with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, followed by Perth choir Chansons’ performance of Tom Cunningham’s ‘Scotland at Night’, which sets six poems by Alexander McCall Smith to music. To our delight, Tom Cunningham has accepted our invitation to this concert, where I am sure he’ll enjoy listening to the Ruthven Festival Musicians and Chansons performing his highly-acclaimed composition.”

The Ruthven Music Festival’s June 8 concert will include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and music by Delius, Mozart and Schubert. Continuing with the Ruthven Festival’s philosophy of showcasing talented young musicians, this afternoon concert will feature several youngsters who have already gained an excellent reputation for their musical skills.

Evenlyn continued: “It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate 25 years of the Ruthven Festival with such a strong programme. Every year since 1989, the Ruthven Festival has consistently treated the thousands of music lovers who have come along to outstanding performances of some of the very best classical compositions by first class musicians.

Tickets for the June 6 and 8 concerts are still available, at a cost £20 for each concert. This includes wine reception, Friday evening buffet/Sunday afternoon strawberries and cream, with under-12s free of charge.

To book, contact ruthvenfestival@tiscali.co.uk /01828 632558 or hepworth393@btinternet.com/ 01828 632799.