To celebrate National Poetry Day, we are revealing full details of our month-long digital programme series, Edinburgh International Festival At Home in partnership with abrdn. The programme comprises a set of five short films titled Edinburgh is a Story, recordings of two concerts performed at the 2022 International Festival, a series of six intimate music sessions and a behind-the-scenes video that includes artist interviews. Celebrating our 75th year, the programme is available for free, worldwide, and will feature 16 videos released throughout November.
The trailer gives a taste of Edinburgh is a Story and includes excerpts of Edinburgh Makar Hannah Lavery's poem of the same name. The poem was read by Lavery at our 2022 Opening Event, MACRO, and is now available to read in full.
We commissioned Glasgow-based production company Forest of Black to produce Edinburgh is a Story, five short films which come together to create a beautiful journey through the city. Each is filmed in an iconic Edinburgh location and creates an intimate portrait of an artist featured in this year’s Festival. There are powerful performances from poet Hannah Lavery, Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska and the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, British pianist and conductor Wayne Marshall, Australian didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and a new Scottish Ballet commission choreographed by Nicholas Shoesmith. Locations range from the ancient winding city streets to the Scottish Parliament Building and the wild Salisbury Crags to the historic Palace of Holyroodhouse.
A series of exclusive music sessions captured backstage throughout the 2022 Edinburgh International Festival feature: a vivid and passionate performance from the Takács Quartet, pioneering early music performer Jordi Savall with members of his Hespèrion XXI ensemble, Gaelic vocal trio Sian performing as part of Niteworks: Comann, award-winning Scottish piper Brìghde Chaimbeul and Iranian musician Aref Ghorbani. The sessions open with the Scottish indie rock duo Arab Strap.
During this year’s Festival, three concerts were captured, including the joyfully epic Closing Concert. For this, Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius from the Usher Hall, featuring the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Neal Davies takes the title role in Handel’s Saul, joining Iestyn Davies and period instrument orchestra The English Concert under conductor John Butt for one of the true masterpieces of Baroque vocal music. British harpsichordist and conductor Richard Egarr leads a hand-picked ensemble of outstanding period musicians to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, each with its own distinctive character and sound.
The At Home programme takes place 27 October 2022 – 1 December with three digital releases per week, each released at 4pm, all freely available to be watched from anywhere in the world at eif.co.uk/at-home and on our YouTube Channel. On 30 November, audiences are invited to join us on YouTube to celebrate St Andrew’s Day by watching a beautiful journey across Edinburgh as world class artists perform in stunning locations.
Francesca Hegyi, Chief Executive, said:
“It was so encouraging to see our audiences return to the city’s concert halls and theatres in our 75th year, the anticipation of this year’s Festival was high and the artists delivered.
“Not everyone can make it to our live performances, however, and the At Home programme gives a taste of what we have on offer at the International Festival. We couldn’t do this without the support of abrdn, so it’s with great appreciation to them that we unveil this programme.
“It’s available for free and from anywhere in the world, so wherever you are this November you can transport yourself to Edinburgh in August.”
Judith Kynaston, Head of Global Brand at abrdn said:
“We’re delighted to support the Edinburgh International Festival Digital At Home Programme for a second time. At Home gives global audiences the opportunity to experience a diverse programme of live performances for free, and we’re excited to continue our association with the world’s leading performing arts festival in 2022. Looking forward to watching!”
Arab Strap – Music Session
Hannah Lavery – Edinburgh is a Story
Behind-the-scenes – Edinburgh is a Story
Jordi Savall – Music Session
William Barton – Edinburgh is a Story
The Brandenburg Concertos – Full Concert
Brìghde Chaimbeul – Music Session
Wayne Marshall – Edinburgh is a Story
Saul – Highlights
Aref Ghorbani – Music Session
Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra – Edinburgh is a Story
The Closing Concert – Full Concert
Sian – Music Session
Scottish Ballet – Edinburgh is a Story
Edinburgh is a Story – Full Film
Takacz Quartet – Music Session