About the Perth and Kinross Lieutenancy

Perform in Perth presented with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

In this part of Scotland, Perform in Perth is very well known as a wonderful musical competition festival. The festival has taken place every year since 1921, with only a short wartime interruption.  Indeed, I know many of us here will have competed probably as school children, as I did. The festival lasts for two weeks and as soon as one festival ends the planning and preparation for the next one starts. It is a huge feat to organise each festival which involves many volunteers. The committee and volunteers are dedicated, honest, gifted and inspirational people, who enhance many people’s lives for the better. When the pandemic struck, they were not content with a gradual adaptation to a fast-moving situation but through determination, proactive and reactive leadership, as well as sheer will-power, they fundamentally transformed their modus operandi, in spite of lockdown, and delivered a fantastic virtual festival, enjoyed by hundreds.

The festival offers 537 classes, covering speech, drama, instrumental music, singing, Scottish country dancing, baton twirling, public speaking, bible reading, Gaelic music and speech, piping and drumming. They foster and encourage interest, improvement and healthy competitiveness in myriad performance disciplines for all age groups.

Perform in Perth has been a purely volunteer-led organisation for 100 years. The continued success of the festival is a result of the sheer level of hours given by the volunteers, throughout the year, in the planning, preparation and ultimate delivery of this annual event. A Young Ambassadors’ Scheme was introduced at the 2020 festival and at the 2021 virtual festival, the Young Ambassadors undertook voluntary roles, such as introducing the online live streams, and various duties behind the scenes. These Young Ambassadors are also the future of the festival looking forward to the next 100 years.

Instrumental tutors from Perth and Kinross Instrumental Music Service, add to the success of the festival by promoting the festival to their pupils and encouraging participation. They make sure that all the larger instruments are delivered to the festival which is a vital contribution to staging such a large event.

The festival delivers joy and happiness across the arts, enabling dance, words and music to be experienced by many people across Perth and Kinross, whether spectating or performing, and has done so for 100 years. The volunteers’ impact on Perthshire music has been inspirational. Perform in Perth is very worthy of her ate Majesty’s recognition with this award.

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