Arts News

Birnam and Dunkeld Film Society

Our 14th season opened in September, all are welcome. Membership for the whole season is £25.00 for all 15 films. Film Society, Birnam Arts. All films start 7.30pm


November 12th
A Street Cat Named Bob 2016 1:43

The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

film2November 26th

Captain Fantastic 2016 1:58

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 October 2017 15:01

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Scots Opera Project

The Scots Opera Project returned to Perthshire Opera from the 1st to the 7th of October lead by local soprano Colleen Nicoll, tenor David Douglas and pianist Andrew Johnston. Local community singers were set the challenge of learning the chorus music to Mozart's The Magic Flute, in a new Scots Language Translation by Dr Micheal Dempster, over a week long course at the Birnam Arts centre. Participants worked with Profesional opera singers and musicians throughout the week to fully stage the production ahead of a public performance on Saturday the 7th in the theatre at the Birnam Arts. The course was a great success and a wonderful week was had by all.
The performance itself was very well attended by the local community and was a great opportunity to see Mozart's masterpiece performed in a unique and exciting new way.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 October 2017 16:03

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Justsingin tutors for November are Mabel Duncan on 15th November, and Christine Kydd on 22nd and 29th November and 6th December, see The choir will be singing on Santa Day in Dunkeld, come and hear us, or join us now and be part of the performance! We meet every Wednesday in the Birnam Arts Centre, 7.30 to 9.30pm, all welcome, see for fees and full details.


Last Updated on Saturday, 28 October 2017 15:02

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The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers and The Birnam Bells

bellsRingers from the group enjoyed a day's ringing at Bankfoot Church Centre to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Handbell Ringers of Great Britain. The internationally renowned Fred Gramaan was conductor for the day and it was a fantastic experience to be led by him through the various pieces of music. The day also included a performance by Scotland's National Handbell Ensemble "Celtic Carillon" in which three Dunkeld members took part.

The first meeting of The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers took place on 22nd October 2002 - 15 years ago.
Since then the group has become one of the most active and well known handbell groups in the country.
Ringers have undertaken three tours - to the islands of Orkney, Iona and Mull and have performed at many prestigeous venues, such as The National Museum of Scotland, Falkland Palace, Dornoch Cathedral, St. Giles Cathedral, Iona Abbey, Duart Castle, Pitlochry Theatre, Perth Concert Hall and Scone Palace. They have provided entertainment many, many times at Nursing Homes, Day Centres, for Guilds and Rurals, have been featured in The Scots Magazine, recorded for Hospital Radio and produced three DVDs and three CDs. They have also been a regular feature in Dunkeld Cathedral with performances throughout the summer months – solo ringing weekly and small ensemble ringing once a month. Heather, the group's Musical Director and handbell soloist has given performances throughout Scotland and represented Scotland in England and Wales at national Rallies.
So, the group has much to be proud of but what of the future? Very uncertain unless we can encourage new members to join. Ringing is fun and there is a happy, relaxed atmosphere at our practices. It is easy to get started even if one is unable to read music. Please consider having a go and join us at one of our practices on Thursday afternoons in The Duchess Anne.
For information contact: Heather McLean, Tel. 01738710210,
For bookings contact: Caroline Skelton Tel. 01738 828 292

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 October 2017 15:24

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Dunkeld & District Strathspey & Reel Society

Held their annual grand fiddle extravaganza at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Sunday 10th September. It was an evening of superb music performed by the society (augmented by visiting players from as far north as Caithness and as far south as Galloway) and by special guest artistes Ross Ainslie (pipes & whistle), Aly Hutton (guitar) and Gary Innes (accordionist & compere).
The society has been in existence for over 80 years. It embraces a wide range of abilities and provides an ideal opportunity for players keen to develop their knowledge of Scottish music and to hone their skills in a very friendly environment. Rehearsals are held at The Royal School of Dunkeld on Mondays during school term time from 7.30pm. New members are always welcome (and not only fiddlers!). Interested? Then just come along on Monday and check it out.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 September 2017 17:05

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Writing the Mind Alive: Angela Jeffs

Writing the Mind Alive: Angela Jeffs ( will resume facilitating the powerful meditative practice Proprioceptive Writing on September 2 (first Saturday of each month), at Clunie Hall, halfway between Blairgowrie and Dunkeld (, 10am-12pm. (9.30 for newcomers.) Write in candlelight to baroque music, investigating and clarifying your understanding of what you have written with one simple question... Call Angela on 01350-72423, or mail
“I find the (Proprioceptive) WRITE ritual and its limit of 25 minutes deeply empowering.”
Wendy Birse (Balbeggie, Perthshire) July, 2016
Drawing on the Writer Within ( A two-day introductory creative writing course to build confidence, hear your writing voice and discover what it is you most want to write about. Sundays September 25 and October 8, 10am-4.30, lunch included. For more information & to sign up, call Angela on 01350 724237, or email
“I didn’t really know what to expect (of the course), but I feel it had more breadth and depth than expected. It was a bit of an adventure – exploring writing, and myself.” Jane Noyes (Spittlefield, Perthshire) July, 2016

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:59

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And finally… Farewell to Stuart!

Stuart Flatley, our stalwart arts centre manager, who’s been with us for the past twelve years, has moved on to pastures new. All the arts centre staff want to wish Stuart all the very best in his new role and thank him for his dedication and for being a wonderful manager – Stuart, you’ll be sorely missed!

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 15:24

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Annual Maintenance Days

Birnam Arts would like to say a massive thank-you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped spruce up the arts centre on our annual maintenance days – this week we put aside more days to undertake everything that needed to be done, so it was a particularly mammoth task – so a VERY BIG THANK-YOU to all involved!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:26

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A History of Birnam Arts

We’re appealing to all our local community for any memorabilia – stories, photographs, or anything you think might be relevant - connected with Birnam Arts, or the old Birnam Institute, as it was, for a future event celebrating Birnam Arts’ inception and previous history.
If you feel you would like to contribute towards the celebration, we’d love to hear from you!
Please contact us on 01350 727674 or email Thank you.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:24

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Birnam Arts Events

Birnam Arts has an amazing ongoing programme of one off performances, exhibitions and workshops. Just use the scroll bars to navigate this live feed direct from the Birnam Arts website.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 16:20

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The Fiddle Tree

THE FIDDLE TREE is a not-for-profit organisation based in Birnam and Dunkeld, Perthshire, and has been promoting concerts and events in Highland Perthshire for over 9 years now.


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 08:07

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