Thursday 20 April 2023

The Winged Woman and The Seal Woman: The 51st Perth Festival of the Arts

The Seal Woman

The 51st Perth Festival of the Arts takes place in the Scottish city next month with ten days of celebrations from 18 to 27 May 2023, with music, arts and culture in venues across Perth.

The vocal ensemble The Marion Consort opens the festival with The Winged Woman, a programme exploring large-scale Continental music of the golden age of Polyphony found in Scottish manuscripts, alongside two new works by composers Dani Howard and Electra Perivolaris that consider new perspectives of women throughout history. 

The Celtic folk opera, The Seal Woman is being presented by the Scots Opera Project; first performed in 1924, the opera was created by Marjorie Kennedy-Fraser and Granville Bantock. It is based on the folk legend of the mythical Selkie and is inspired and created from songs of the Scottish Hebrides, from Kennedy-Fraser's collection. The title role is sung by former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist mezzo-soprano, Sioned Gwen Davies, and her lover by Ayrshire tenor, David Douglas.

The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra is joined by pianist Barry Douglas for Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2,  The Ayoub Sisters perform their brand-new album Arabesque, Scottish award-winning jazz violinist Seonaid Aitken and her quintet will present a tribute to the famous French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli to mark 25 years since his death. Closing the festival with a bang, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra's Tommy Smith reunites with the Mungenkyo Taiko Drummers for a performance of The World of the Gods

Full details from the festival website.

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