Get to know the people behind the performances with our FREE pre-concert Classical Conversations, led from the Perth Concert Hall stage by Creative Director for Classical Music, James Waters. 

James Waters joins some of the stellar musicians in this season’s Perth Concert Hall programme for an on-stage interview before they perform. Creative Director of Classical Music for Perth Concert Hall since 2009 James is also the founder director of the Lammermuir Festival and has been Co-Director of the Bath Festival. Earlier in his career he was Concerts Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Associate Director of the Edinburgh International Festival between 1992 and 2006.

Classical Conversations:
with Steven Isserlis 
A Celebration of Dvořák
Wed 25 Sep: 18:15
Famed internationally for the beauty and originality of his interpretations Steven Isserlis is very much the thinking person’s cellist with many strong and brilliantly articulated views on repertoire and much besides.

Classical Conversations:
with Steven Osborne
Osborne and Lewis - Music for Two Pianos
Sun 6 Oct: 13:45
Simply one of the finest pianists around, Steven gives telling insights into how his remarkable career has developed, what his plans for the future are, and whether he will spend more time with his beloved jazz!

Classical Conversations:
with Mark Padmore
Mark Padmore sings Britten
Fri 8 Nov: 18:15
Mark gives an insight into performing the music of Benjamin Britten and the particular challenges of interpreting afresh music which was written specifically for Britten’s partner Peter Pears and his very distinctive voice.

Classical Conversations:
with Alban Gerhardt
Steven Osborne and Alban Gerhardt
Tue 12 Nov: 18:15
Probably the most charismatic cellist in the world today, Alban Gerhardt was a prizewinning pianist as a teenager before developing a fabulous international career.

Classical Conversations:
with Jeneba Kanneh-Mason 
Jeneba Kanneh-Mason plays Rachmaninov
Tue 3 Dec: 18:15
A frequent visitor to Perth Concert Hall, Jeneba gives an insight into how a young artist moves from study to international stardom and what that feels like.

Classical Conversations:
with Aidan O’Rourke and Sean Shibe
Luban - Aidan O’Rourke and Sean Shibe 
Wed 11 Dec: 18:15
Two fantastic musicians discuss the synergies between classical and folk music. Is classical even a relevant term? Surely all that we care about is that music is good, whatever it is called.

Classical Conversations are FREE to ticketholders for each performance and take place from the stage prior to the concert.