About

Absolute Classics brings the best in classical music to the people of Dumfries and Galloway.

Our work includes a summer festival, international masterclass residency, classical concert series and education and outreach programmes. Our series of classical music recitals and workshops take place between August 2016 and March 2017, with concerts being staged across the region.

The concerts and festival are led by highly-acclaimed international musicians, such as; Karine Georgian, Tasmin Little and Nicky Spence, who also provide tutoring and mentoring opportunities to young musicians as part of the programme. We are committed to providing a chance for everyone to hear, learn and participate in high quality classical music on a regular basis.

Absolute Classics will also be offering a number of workshops to schools and colleges in the region in line with its monthly concert series. These workshops will include mini concerts, “opera in a day”, choir rehearsal and technical demonstrations in line with the curriculum outcomes for music examinations.

Absolute Classics is a classical music concert and master class series based in Dumfries and Galloway. At the beginning of August each year, we are joined by Internationally acclaimed artists.

The ten-day concert series and weeklong masterclass series attracts performers and students from all over the world. In doing so the event has been able to attract major sponsorship from Blüthner Pianos. As part of our partnership with Blüthner the festival has hosted concerts with internationally renowned pianists such as, Eduard Kunz, Samantha Ward, Simon Callaghan and Mei Yi Foo.

Absolute Classics presents the highest showcase of work to build the reputation of classical music in the south west of Scotland. We are building audiences that otherwise would not exist throughout the region and make introductions to exceptionally high quality performance aiming to further demand.

​Being based in Dumfries and Galloway, rural Scotland, where there is little provision of high quality classical music, it is our aim to bring some of the best performers to the region and give the local communities the opportunity to hear classical musicians of international acclaim.

Recent News
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  • Saturday 19th August Theatre Royal, Dumfries International concert violinist Filip Pogády mesmerises audiences across the world with his “beautiful” tone and “lightening-like virtuosity.” Yet the Slovakian-born musician who plays to audiences of thousands in some of…

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  • Guy Johnston Cello
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  • Emma Johnson Clarinet
  • Emma Johnson Clarinet. Saturday 12th August. Theatre Royal, Dumfries “Britain’s favourite clarinettist” takes to the stage of the Theatre Royal, Dumfries, on 12 August in the second concert of Absolute Classics 2017 Festival. Emma Johnson is…

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