Welcome to Perth Chamber Music

Since 1948 Perth Chamber Music has been organising an annual series of concerts, bringing world-class musicians and exciting young performers to Perth. In 2017 we passed the milestone of hosting our 400th concert and in 2018 we celebrated our 70th anniversary.

Our concerts take place in the 800-year-old St. John’s Kirk, one of Perth’s best chamber music venues, and you can always relive the experience or whet your appetite by reading the reviews.

Brodsky Quartet
Brodsky Quartet © Duncan Matthews

2019-20 CONCERT SERIES

2019-20 will be another special year when five top ensembles will explore the wonderful repertoire of the String Quartet.

The season also brings Dutch group Trio Orfeo and tenor James Gilchrist singing Schumann’s Dichterliebe.

Sun 6 Oct 2019: Navarra and Castalian Quartets (at Perth Concert Hall)
Mon 4 Nov 2019: Brodsky Quartet
Tue 3 Dec 2019: Trio Orfeo (flute, harp and viola)
Tue 14 Jan 2020: James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook
Wed 12 Feb 2020: Engegård Quartet
Tue 17 Mar 2020: Fitzroy Quartet

All concerts, except for the October opener, are in St. John’s Kirk, Perth.

Our season ticket is only 54, offering a great discount.

2017 Bursary Winners, Leonie Brink and Angus GriersonBURSARY AWARDS

The Perth Chamber Music Society Jubilee Bursary competition was created to mark the Society’s Diamond Jubilee in 2008.

The aim is to support and encourage local school children interested in making music and continuing their musical activities, after leaving school.

The competition is open to all pupils who have attended school, or who live in the Perth and Kinross area, for at least twelve months. They will be expected to have reached Associated Board Grade 8, or, if in the opinion of their teachers, they are of that standard.

The Bursary auditions are held in March at a local venue in Perth, with significant financial awards for the successful musicians. They will be judged by three independent adjudicators appointed by the Society. Winners of these awards will be excluded from any subsequent competition.

Application is by a written form and supported by their teacher. From these a short list of up to six candidates will be selected to present and play at least two pieces of their own choice, in front of an audience of their supporters and PCMS members.

We have been supported in being able to do this by the Cairncross trust, and the generosity of members of the Chamber Music society.

MUSIC WORKSHOPS

Alongside the concerts in St. John’s Kirk, Perth Chamber Music organises music workshops, taking visiting musicians into local primary and secondary schools.

Pomegranate Piano Trio workshop at Kilgraston School

As part of the celebration of PCM’s 70th anniversary, an extended programme of school and community events for 2018-19 is underway, led by:

  • 16 November 2018 - Pomegranate Trio
  • 17 January 2019 - Navarra String Quartet
  • 7 March 2019 - Arctic Winds
  • 15 June 2019 - Pure Brass (family concert, Bridge of Earn)
  • 18 June 2019 - A4Brass (two school workshops)

The support of The Thomson Trust, Enterprise Music Scotland, The Guildry Incorporation of Perth, Carbon Financial Partners and Perth and Kinross Council is gratefully acknowledged.

For reviews of the workshops, see the Music Workshops page.