Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Summer Tour at Birnam Arts
Sat 10 Jun
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Summer Tour | Auditorium
19:30 - 21:30
Doors Open 19:00

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Book The Annual Niel Gow Fiddle Festival 2023

Fri 17 Mar

Solo Fiddles Concert

Sat 18 Mar

Weekend Fiddle Workshops

Sat 18 Mar

Join the tunes - Kids Musical Sessions

Sat 18 Mar

Learn a tune

Sat 18 Mar

Saturday Afternoon Concert

Sat 18 Mar

Saturday Evening Concert

Sun 19 Mar

Koterana Album Launch

Sun 19 Mar

Sunday Afternoon Concert

Sat 18 Mar

Cello Workshops

Sat 18 Mar

Mixed Instrument Workshop

Niel Gow Festival

The Annual Niel Gow Fiddle Festival 2023

Fri 17 Mar - 19 Mar

The 18th Annual Scottish fiddle festival to celebrate the life and music of Perthshire's fiddle legend, Niel Gow.


The 2023 Festival will enjoy a series of concerts and small workshops at Birnam Arts and The Royal Dunkeld Hotel, as well as walks in the area.

Fri 17 Mar

7pm / Solo Fiddles Concert

The 18th Annual Niel Gow Festival kicks off in style with a feast of the finest fiddle music...

Sat 18 Mar

10am / Cello Workshops

Wendy Weatherby & Alice Allan

Three workshops over the weekend taught by Wendy Wetherby and Alice Allan. One on Saturday and two on Sunday.

10am / Little Dunkeld Kirk Concert

Pete Clark & Muriel Johnstone

Pete Clark (fiddle) & Muriel Johnstone (piano) play in Little Dunkeld Church

10am / Weekend Fiddle Workshops

Various Artists

A weekend of fiddle tuition from a range of fiddle players who will also be performing at the festival.  Best suited to intermediate players. 

10am / Mixed Instrument Workshop

Various Artists

A weekend of tuition for mixed instruments (including fiddle) taught by players performing at the festival. This block is for 6 workshops (three each day).

10am / Join the tunes - Kids Musical Sessions

Various Artists

Music will be played for children and parents to join in with, clap along, dance your heart out, beat your drum- have a fun time!

11am / Learn a tune

Various Artists

Aimed at primary and early secondary age children who can already play the fiddle

2:30pm / Saturday Afternoon Concert

Various Artists

Features Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe (Fiddle) & Daniel Daniel Quayle (Irish Bouzouki) as well as Royal Conservatoire of Scotland musicians Suzanne Fivey (Piano) & Rua MacMillan (Fiddle).

7pm / Saturday Evening Concert

Various Artists

Concert featuring Charlie McKerron & Marc Clement; Dunkeld & District Strathspey & Reel Society; Ryan Young & Owen Sinclair

Sun 19 Mar

10am / Walk to Niel Gow's Cottage

Pete Clark

The Niel Gow Festival 2023

12:30pm / Koterana Album Launch

"Iain Fraser was inspired by the story which he first came across at the Waipu Scottish Migration Museum in the North Island, NZ and subsequently wrote music aiming to capture the sense of place evoked by each of the main communities McLeod and his congregation, lived in.


3pm / Sunday Afternoon Concert

Various Artists

The final concert of the festival featuring: The Gordon Duncan Experience; Hannah Fisher (fiddle) & Ciorstaidh Beaton (harp); Patsy Reid (fiddle) & Alice Allen (cello)


The weekend of concerts and workshops is held in celebration of Niel Gow, born in Strathbraan in 1727 and grew up in the village of Inver, by Dunkeld.

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Other Events This Month

3 Jun - 25 Jun

I Wasn't Prepared

Arts Workshop   |   Gallery   |   10:00 - 17:00 Daily
I Wasn't Prepared at Birnam Arts
Fri 14 Jul 2023

Up Town Comedy

Comedy   |   Auditorium   |   20:30 - 22:30
Up Town Comedy at Birnam Arts
Every Wednesday

Just Singin'

Music   |   Studios   |   19:30 - 21:30
Just Singin' at Birnam Arts
Every Monday

D&B Traditional Youth Music Group

Music   |     |   16:00 - 19:00
D&B Traditional Youth Music Group at Birnam Arts
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Birnam Arts
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Birnam Dunkeld
Tel: 01350 727 674


Welcome to Birnam Arts, a boutique multi-purpose arts, conferencing and entertainment venue.


Pop in to the Foyer Cafe for breakfast, grab a delicious coffee with a selection of our homemade baking or enjoy a light lunch whilst browsing on the free WiFi. Wander upstairs to view the latest of our monthly art exhibitions before visiting the world of Beatrix Potter, or the Gift Shop to purchase a special gift for your loved ones or yourself!

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We had not planned to present a hybrid festival, however that changed when one of our main authors tested positive for Covid. I greatly appreciated how the team worked with us to pivot and present remotely in part, making full use of your enhanced video conferencing equipment. As a result, we were able to deliver quite complex events with several elements all showing on screen simultaneously. The audio-visual quality was excellent, and our audiences were delighted that these events could still go ahead, in spite of Covid. The author in question was really pleased that he could join us on screen and remarked that he had not been so well supported in this way at any other festival.

Fiona Ritchie   |   Birnam Book Festival 2022

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