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The International Festival’s work extends way beyond August, with a dynamic year-round programme of work in schools offering inspirational opportunities for children and young people.

The International Festival reaches thousands of school pupils every year with creative learning projects inspired by our programme. Current projects include The Art of Listening, our flagship education programme which has been operating year round in Edinburgh’s primary schools for nearly 20 years to develop young people’s listening skills through classical music. 

Our grateful thanks go to the individuals and trusts who share our passion to expand our work with young people and families. They include James and Morag Anderson, Claire and Mark Urquhart, The Robertson Trust and other contributors to our Education Fund.

For further details of our work and how to get involved, please contact Emma Hay, Creative Learning Officer at

I thought it was very good, and it definitely changed my view to classical music. 10/10!

Pupil, Parsons Green Primary on Art of Listening

Taking the International Festival into the school and the students out into the International Festival has already got them talking and thinking about it. It’s already made a phenomenal difference to our art department

Norma Prentice, Head Teacher at Castlebrae Community High School