Getting ready for Silver Anniversary festival

Ruthven Church is the perfect setting for the music festival.

Ruthven Church is the perfect setting for the music festival.

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Once again, first class musicians from across the country will next month participate in the annual celebration of classical music in the beautiful setting of Ruthven Church.

The organisers have confirmed that, as well as the outstanding array of musical talent provided by the Ruthven Festival Musicians, the Festival’s concerts on June 6, June 8 and September 7 will feature a highly-acclaimed choir, two very well-respected conductors, a cellist who recently retired from one of the UK’s top opera companies, a highly-regarded soprano and mezzo soprano and several young musicians who are tipped for the very top of the classical music scene.

Evelyn Hood, festival committee secretary, said: “The first concert of our 25th anniversary season is on the evening of Friday, June 6 and will feature Perth choir Chansons performing Tom Cunningham’s Scotland at Night, which sets the poems of Alexander McCall Smith to music. This concert will also include the Ruthven Festival Musicians, conducted by Howard Duthie, performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and music by Durante, Handel and Mozart.”

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 8, and in line with the festival’s long-standing ethos of providing a platform for talented young musicians, several highly-talented local youngsters will be performing, including Lauren Quither from Perth. Evelyn added that the audience will be treated to the Adagio movement from the Mozart Clarinet Concerto as well as the Ruthven Festival Musicians, conducted by Allan Young, playing Bach, Greig, Delius and Schubert.

She added: “This year is the Ruthven Music Festival’s silver anniversary and, having been involved since the start, I am delighted that several of the musicians participating in this year’s concerts also participated in our first festival.

“Violinist Morag Ann Elder, cellist Donald Gordon, soprano Alison McDonald - who is singing at our September 7 Silver Anniversary Recital, as is mezzo soprano and orchestra leader Audrey Mattner - are all favourites with Ruthven Festival devotees. It is wonderful to welcome them back.”

The Festival’s Silver Anniversary Recital will also include a performance of music by Bach and Dialago by Colin Jackson, a cellist who recently moved to Angus after retiring from the Covent Garden Opera Orchestra. Booking for the June concerts is already open. Tickets are £20 for each concert (includes wine reception, Friday evening buffet/Sunday afternoon strawberries and cream), under-12s are free of charge. To book, contact ruthvenfestival@tiscali.co.uk / 01828 632558 or hepworth393@btinternet.com / 01828 632799.