About Perform in Perth.
Perform in Perth is the working title of Perthshire Musical (Competition) Festival, which offers competitive classes in Dance (in the form of Scottish Country Dancing, and Baton Twirling), Speech (including poetry, prepared reading of prose and bible, and dramatic solos) and Music (ranging from vocal and instrumental solos to full scale bands and orchestras).
We are excited to announce that the Bòrd na Gàidhlig have provided funding in order to encourage more participation in our Gaelic classes which will allow us to fund travel costs for groups coming to Perth Concert Hall on Monday 4 March to participate in the Gaelic classes.
2024 is our 100th Festival! You are welcome to peruse the syllabus, select the class or classes you wish to enter and join us to celebrate this milestone in March 2024.
As always there are classes for all levels of ability and experience in a variety of genres of Music and Speech along with Scottish Country Dancing and Baton Twirling.
A new class has been added to the Gaelic section – Action Song, primary school – when a song with actions illustrative of the theme or demonstration of labour action will be performed.
Regulations in Disney, Musical Theatre, Popular Songs, Music is Fun, Piano, Strings, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion classes have been altered. Make sure you take account of these changes when completing your entries.
One aspect which has not been altered is entry fees as they remain the same as in 2023. However, an incentive has been introduced which could in effect reduce the cost of entering Perform in Perth – an ‘Early Bird Discount’ of £2 per entry if made before 15th December 2023. It’s up to you – explore the syllabus, select the classes which are applicable to you and get your entries in by 15th December to take advantage of this offer.
Should you be new to Perform in Perth, visit the website https://www.perthshire-music-festival.org.uk to find out what it is all about. Also on the website, you will find videos of performances at previous festivals. I am very much looking forward to the 100th Festival when I will enjoy many of the performances, after all, without the performers, there would not be a festival.
We have a regular team of Adjudicators and Accompanists who bring their knowledge, skills and professional expertise in the fields of music, dance and speech & drama.
Our Adjudicators provide expert feedback, guidance and teaching points to performers at our Festival that can help to bring their performance onto the next level.
Trophies and Awards
JOIN OUR FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION
As a supporter of the arts, you obviously recognise the value of having our own Festival here in Perth, giving countless people of all generations a performance opportunity they would not otherwise have, so perhaps you would consider becoming a patron.
If you have been a patron in the past and have allowed your membership to lapse, please give serious consideration to renewing your membership, in order to support a very worthwhile cause.
Patrons’ subscriptions for the year - a minimum subscription of £20.00 per patron,
(N.B. £40 per couple) should be sent to the Secretary:
Mrs M.E. Waterston, 35 Buchan Drive, PERTH, PH1 1NQ, using the membership form (pdf).
Please make cheques payable to ‘Perthshire Musical (Competition) Festival Association’.
In return for membership, you will receive a Patron’s Ticket which entitles you to free entry to every session of the Festival, your name will be listed in the current Programme and you will be able to collect a complimentary copy of the current Festival Programme. You are also entitled to vote at the AGM.
Schools and other groups can also be patrons, providing the same entitlements.
Regular Festival venues.
Elim Pentecostal ChurchPrinces Street.Perth Elim Pentecostal Church is situated near to the Frames Gallery and the Greyfriars Cemetery. On street parking is available close to Matalan - and the nearest best priced parking is at the South Inch.
St John's Episcopal ChurchPrinces Street.- take careful note - this church is on the corner of Canal Street and Princes Street in Perth. (There are three churches called St John's in Perth!). Entry is from Princes Street - into the welcoming space called the Threshold
North Inch CampusGowans Terrace.
Used for Baton Twirling competitions, teachers/ accompanying adults must have the performers’ music ready to play, to avoid delay, and should provide their own sound system. Changing facilities will be available for performers. Dance teachers should arrange to escort their pupils from the auditorium to the changing room and are responsible for their safety. The changing rooms are to be accessed only by dancers and their teacher/ nominated responsible adult.
Free parking is available before the entrance (also the entrance to St John's Academy) - but do not use the bus bays/ turning circle - wardens are extremely vigilant in this area.
Gannochy Auditorium, Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street.
Gannochy Auditorium, Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street
Orchestras, bands, choirs and other performers should enter directly to the Gannochy Auditorium, where there
will be dedicated seating areas. Groups will be escorted elsewhere for warm-up prior to their class
A responsible adult must be seated with each ensemble so that Perform in Perth Stewards
know whom to approach, when necessary. Please don’t leave property in warm-up rooms, as they need to be empty for the next group to warm up.
St Leonard-in-the-Fields Church Hall, Marshall Place.
Performers should enter via the Scott Street ramp and go directly into the hall at a suitable break between
performances. Warm-up facilities will be provided for wind players and singers.
St Leonard-in-the-Fields Church, Marshall Place.
Unless the Hall is being used for other competitions, it will be available for warm-up and will be accessed by competitors and bona fide teachers only. When the Hall is being used for competitions, there is a small room
upstairs for warm-up, if necessary. Teachers should make themselves known to the attending steward.
Entry to the Hall will be via the Scott Street ramp. All others should enter by the main church door. Competitors will be escorted from the Hall to the Church for performance and should then remain in the Church until after the adjudication of their class.
Performers are encouraged to remain in the performance area to support other performers and to learn from the adjudications. Choirs should arrive in plenty time to be seated in their
dedicated area in the Church prior to having a warm-up in the Hall.
Bankfoot Community Church.Bankfoot Church Centre is perfect for conferences and meetings of any size. A large multi-use sports hall provides a flexible venue for physical, artistic and theatrical pursuits. Modular staging can be banked or transformed into a catwalk. Changing and showering facilities are available and are fully disabled accessible.
The centre has been recognised as one of Scotland’s growing number of “green buildings.” It is heated to a constant comfortable temperature using wind generators and ground source heat pumps. Additionally the extensive use of recycled and renewable materials give the building an unusually small carbon footprint.
In 2020 we teamed up with 'Run My Festival' to accept online entries and we are delighted to continue with this system which has simplified the process for everyone - and made online payments easier too.