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Weekly playlist #13

Be swooned, moved and thrilled with the sound of string instruments played by some of the incredibly talented musicians from our 2017 programme.


Professor Niall Lothian OBE elected as Chairman of the Board

The Board of Trustees of the Edinburgh International Festival has elected Professor Niall Lothian as its next Chairman.


Weekly playlist #12

Get to know a few of the 50 numbers from the 50 Song Memoir by The Magnetic Fields in our new playlist, ahead of Stephin Merritt's two International Festival concerts.


Weekly playlist #11

This week, we're celebrating the launch of Spirit of '47 programme co-curated with British Council


Weekly playlist #10

Listen to The Incredible String Band's catalogue ahead of the concert celebrating the band's music this August.


Weekly playlist #09

Featuring a selection of just some of the stunning classical singers performing at this year's International Festival


Weekly playlist #08

This week's playlist features all of the 2017 International Festival's contemporary music artists, listen now!


International Festival Portraits | Mitsuko Uchida

One of the most revered pianists Mitsuko Uchida talks about living for music and the unpredictability of performing on stage.


International Festival Portraits | Joshua Bell

Superstar US violinist Joshua Bell talks about first discovering music, the emotive experience of live performance and why music means so much to him.


International Festival Portraits | Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar, global musical star and sitar virtuoso, talks about the electricity of being on stage and the power of music to help us connect to each other.


International Festival Portraits | Alan Ayckbourn

Celebrated playwright and storyteller Alan Ayckbourn talks about the excitement, emotion and thought-provoking live experience of theatre.


International Festival Portraits | Zinnie Harris

Award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris talks about writing and forming stories, the importance of challenging something within the soul, and why that has always been a part of being human.