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The 2019 International Festival in videos

Join us in reliving some of the spectacular performances from August with these snapshots we captured throughout the month.

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Missy Mazzoli on composing Breaking the Waves

The US composer gives us her own insights into the award-winning new opera.

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Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason on growing up with classical music

Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason tell us why they're excited about coming to the International Festival this August and what makes it such an inspiring event.

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Something's coming... something good

For world-renowned British conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conducting West Side Story has been a life-long ambition. This year he brings the work to the International Festival so we took the chance to speak to him about why he thinks it’s in a league of its own.

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Celebrating Sir James MacMillan at 60

This year the International Festival celebrate the compelling music and many achievements of Sir James MacMillan as he turns 60. We spoke to the Scottish composer about this year's celebrations and how music is more important now than ever...

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The International Festival 2018 in videos

Relive the International Festival 2018 with these snapshots captured throughout August.

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Looking back at the Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside

Let's revisit some of the highlights the series of concerts at Leith Theatre celebrating Scotland's contemporary music

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Looking back on The GRIT Orchestra performing Martyn Bennett's Bothy Culture

A round-up of The GRIT Orchestra's monumental performance of Martyn Bennett's Bothy Culture at the International Festival.

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Get to know ... the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

​Big bangs, Bernstein, and bubbly - what you can expect from the International Festival's closing fireworks concert.

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How a techno piper reinvented Scotland's Bothy Culture

Meet Scotland's ultimate folk revival album, its new orchestral sound, and the man who started it all, Martyn Bennett.

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Five reasons to be enchanted by La Cenerentola

​We thought the fairy godmother's makeover of Cinderella was impressive...

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Lau-Land at the International Festival

​A taste of what to expect at a special International Festival Lau-Land curated by Scottish band Lau.