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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.

Schubert at the 2017 International Festival

Get to know the 2017 International Festival classical music programme and discover the works of Schubert featured throughout.

Weekly playlist #09

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

Benjamin Clementine releases "Phantom of Aleppoville"

Read on to learn about the inspirations behind the new song

Art of Listening is back from Australia

Read about our trip to Victoria in Australia to present Art of Listening workshops.

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

Mitsuko Uchida talks about living for music and the unpredictability of performing on stage.

International Festival Portraits | Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell talks about first discovering music and what that journey means to him.

International Festival Portraits | Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar talks about the electricity of being on stage and how music helps us connect to each other.

International Festival Portraits | Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn talks about the excitement, emotion and live experience of theatre.

International Festival Portraits | Zinnie Harris

Zinnie Harris talks about writing and forming stories, and why that has always been a part of being human.

International Festival Portraits | Martin Creed

Martin Creed talks about trying to be true and make other people’s lives better.

Weekly playlist #07

Dive into PJ Harvey's catalogue ahead of her two International Festival concerts.

Get to know Bryn Terfel

Get to know Bryn Terfel ahead of his two appearances at the 2017 International Festival.