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Snap up free tickets with your Young Musician’s Pass

As a YMP member, you get two free tickets for: one performance at Usher Hall, one concert at The Queen’s Hall and one show at the Hub. This guide will take you throughsome highlights of what you can see this summer.

Discover the full programme and YMP availability.

European Union Youth Orchestra

The European Union Youth Orchestra are one of the best youth orchestras in the world and have members from 27 different countries across Europe.

  • In their performance of Don Quixote they share the romantic adventures of the chivalrous knight who goes by the name Don Quixote. Hear a range of instruments, from violins to violas, tubas and bass clarinet.
  • In Young Person's Guide to the Orchestratheylead an educational expedition across the instruments of the grand ensemble.

European Union Youth Orchestra members

© Anna Cerrato

Ilumina Residency

Get swept away by a Brazilian fiesta with our concerts from Ilumina. They’re a collective* of musicians, who give opportunities to young talented musicians from diverse backgrounds in Latin America.

You can relax on a beanbag for two of their performances.

  • Exploring Ilumina is a special chance to have the string musicians move around you as they play interesting rhythms and non-classical music.
  • You can listen to Afro-samba and French baroque music in a performance named In The Light Of Shadow . Get a taste of different sounds from across the world. Remember to pack your passport 😉

*a group of musicians

Bamberger Symphoniker

The Bamberger Symphoniker take centre stage as one of our three orchestral residencies in August. With four magnificent concerts at Usher Hall, they explore a powerful lineage of musical mentorship. The two events below still have availability for YMP members.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Harry Baker

From classical music to jazz, this concert featuring cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Harry Baker will transport you through music history. You’ll get a chance to listen to some Johann Sebastian Bach and even some arrangements from the jazz and R&B singer Laura Mvula.

Did you know, Kanneh-Mason also played at the royal wedding in 2018 which was watched by over two million people!

This event is sold out to the general public, but some YMP tickets remain at the time of publishing this blog. To book YMP tickets for this concert, make sure you are logged into your account then follow this link.

Other Family Friendly Events

Family concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Nicola Benedetti

Join the Philharmonia Orchestra and Nicola Benedetti for a captivating family-friendly concert which explores the portrayal of animals by composers, perfect for children and adults alike.

European Youth Symphony Orchestra: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Learn about the orchestra with the 'Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra", performed by The European Youth Symphony Orchestra. Experience the diverse sounds and capabilities of the 4 sections of the orchestra: strings, wind, brass and percussion.

Woman Playing Violin

Nicola Benedetti

© Andrew Perry

So let's get in the zone 🎧

This Spotify playlist has some of the best tunes that you can hear this August at the Edinburgh International Festival. Do you recognise any?

See You This Summer 😌

You can book your free tickets with your Young Musician’s Pass until Monday 17 June. Look for the starred seats, those are for you.

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Any questions, please drop us a line at [email protected] or call our friendly box office on 0131 473 2000 (opening times: 12-4pm, Mon-Friday).

Finally, if you have used your YMP allocation, or don't qualify to become a member, we have a wide range of other discounts on offer:

  • Under 18's get 50% off
  • Under 30s get 30% off
  • £10 affordable tickets available for every show.