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). In anticipation of the Gaelic Mod coming to Perth in 2021, we have an comprehensive range of speech and singing classes in Gaelic.
Who would have thought when we decided to cancel week 2 of our 2020 Festival as the COVID pandemic was evolving, that we would still be living with restrictions on how we go about our daily lives a year on? But here we are in March 2021, still having to live our lives under considerable restrictions in order to try to get this horrible virus under control.
Given the ongoing restrictions throughout 2020, the Festival Committee took a decision to initially plan for both a physical and a virtual event for 2021. As time moved on, it became clear that any event to be held in 2021 would need to be virtual, and so all planning moved into that frame of mind.
We published a full syllabus in the hope that we would get a reasonable number of entries. We produced guidelines for competitors on how to submit their performances for a virtual event, and we also asked our adjudicators to send us a video recording of themselves, with some tips for competitors on how they could produce the best possible recording of their performances.
With 466 entries by the closing date, we were delighted with the response from performers. This exceeded our expectations and, as a consequence, we have been able to bring forward a virtual Festival with entries in most sections. I am sure that we will see the usual very high standard of performances even in these strange times. Our adjudicators will be kept busy but will, I am sure, be pleased with what they see and hear.
2020-2021 is also our centenary year, the Festival Association having been formed in 1920 and the first festival taking place in 1921. In recognition of that fact, we have produced a centenary booklet that contains historical articles, memorabilia, and old photos from previous festivals. We were also planning a physical exhibition of artifacts and trophies but that project will need to be put on hold until our 100th Festival in 2024.
All of our competitors' performances, and the adjudicators' feedback, will be available to view on the festival website over the 2 weeks that the Festival would have run under normal circumstances. I must express my personal thanks to those committee members who have worked tirelessly with Oakford Media in Perth to ensure that this facility is in place so that we can all enjoy the 2021 event.
I would also like to acknowledge those Trusts and Organisations that have supported us financially this year as, without their funding, the Committee's task of putting on the Festival this year would be more challenging due to the costs associated with an event of this type.
As we approach our 100th Festival in 2024, the Committee would ask you to look out any old newspaper cuttings and photographs, so that we can celebrate in style by being able to present the aforementioned exhibition in the run up to, and during, the 2024 Festival. This event has, after all, been a major component in the cultural calendar of Perth for 100 years and this fact should be celebrated in every way that it can be.
I do hope that you enjoy Perform in Perth 2021. If you have any suggestions on areas where we can make changes to improve your experience of attending the Festival, please let us know and we will consider all suggestions made as we formulate our plans for our 2022 Festival.
I hope that you enjoy this year's virtual festival.
Neil Copland (President)
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.
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 current period to 31st July 2020, 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.
AK Bell Library, York Place.- performers will enter the Soutar Theatre or the Sandeman Room at a convenient break between
performances. There will be warm-up rooms for pipers. There is limited parking close to the Library and more extended parking in Thimblerow or at the back of the Station Hotel.
Glenearn Community Campus, Gleanearn Road.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. Parking is available to the rear of the building, with the exception of disabled parking, which is adjacent to the entrance.
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, 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.
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.
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.