Jubilee theme at Ruthven Festival

Internationally-renowned viola and ensemble player, Michael Beeston leads a master-class at the Ruthven Parish Festival on Saturday, June 9.

Internationally-renowned viola and ensemble player, Michael Beeston leads a master-class at the Ruthven Parish Festival on Saturday, June 9.

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DURING the weekend of June 8-10 the annual Ruthven Parish Festival will be contributing to the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations with two first-class concerts of classical music with a royal link.

On Friday, June 8, ‘Crowned Connections’ will be the theme of programme performed by The Ruthven Festival Musicians, conducted by Howard Duthie and led by Audrey Mattner. Amongst other pieces of classical music, this concert will feature an arrangement for flute and strings from an opera about an African king and a Haydn Symphony dedicated to the ill-fated French queen, Marie Antoinette.

Perth-based Chansons choir will perform Mozart’s Missa Brevis and the Choral Dances from Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana, first performed in 1953, the year of the Queen’s Coronation. The Ruthven Parish Festival’s Ensembles Master-class on June 9 will be led by internationally-renowned viola and ensemble player, Michael Beeston, providing a wonderful opportunity for local musical ensembles to receive tuition from one of the UK’s best-known ensemble specialists. The concert on Sunday, June 10, entitled ‘Happy And Glorious’, will begin with a performance of works by British composers, including Ian Whyte. There will also be a fast and furious piece by John Ireland – ‘Toccata’ from Concertino Pastorale - and, in complete contrast, Purcell’s soothing and gentle ‘Chacony in G’. The second half of Sunday’s concert will be a performance of the ‘Regular Royal’ excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Gondoliers’. For more information call 01828 632558 or email ruthvenfestival@tiscali.co.uk.