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.


Travel by Road
Please see the following addresses for your satnav or map if you are travelling to our concerts by road.

Annan Academy: St. John’s Road, Annan DG12 6AP
Please follow the unnamed road to the left of the Academy and into the car park.
The Performing Arts Building is at the rear of the Academy grounds.

Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms Hotel:
112 Drumlanrig St, Thornhill DG3 5LU

Cochran Hall, Kirkcudbright Academy:
St Mary’s Wynd, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JN

Holywood Village Hall:
Manse Road, Holywood DG2 0RB

Theatre Royal:
66-68 Shakespeare St, Dumfries DG1 2JH

Annan Academy and the Cochran Hall (within Kirkcudbright Academy) have onsite parking.
All of our other venues have local street parking.

Travel by public transport
Travel throughout Dumfries and Galloway by public transport is limited, however please follow this link to Traveline Scotland to determine the best way to get to our venues listed above by public transport from where you are.

The Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms Hotel is the only venue that is located on the first floor and can only be accessed by stairs.
All other venues are accessible via a lift if on the first floor, or by ramp on the ground floor.

Please contact us if you would like further information or if there is anything we can do so that you can join us for our concerts.