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Members' news and events

Enjoy your membership benefits and book upcoming special events

Enjoy your membership's benefits

As a Member, you have access to an exclusive programme of events, including everything from backstage tours and talks with artists to overseas trips to joining us for a pre-performance or interval drink during the International Festival. These events provide exclusive behind-the-scenes insights, enhancing your membership experience and bringing you closer to the International Festival.

Book upcoming events

Those with a current International Festival membership will be able to book online, over the phone on 0131 473 2065 or by returning the booking form by post to:

Members Events
Edinburgh International Festival
The Hub, Castlehill
Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.

Explore and book for all of our upcoming member events in the drop down menus below. Please then log in to access the events and continue with your booking.

Backstage Tours

Backstage Tours
John Robb, Head of Technical at the Edinburgh International Festival, will once again be conducting a series of backstage tours during August, exclusively for Members. Join us to explore some of Edinburgh’s most spectacular venues and get up close with the fascinating International Festival productions taking place this summer.

The Crucible
Monday 5 August, 9am | Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
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Peter Gynt
Tuesday 6 August, 11am | Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
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Thursday 15 August, 11am | King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ
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Eugene Onegin*

Saturday 17 August, 12pm | Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
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*For Friend Plus members and above only.


Tuesday 20 August, 11am | Churchill Theatre, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DR
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All tours will last for approximately 1 hour. Tickets for all tours are priced at £8.

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal
Monday 19 August, 11am | Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

In their 140th anniversary year, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu are joined in Edinburgh by outstanding US cellist Alisa Weilerstein for a captivating concert of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5. International Festival Members are invited to enjoy a working rehearsal with the orchestra, ahead of their evening concert.

Suggested donation £5.
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Götterdämmerung Rehearsal

Götterdämmerung Rehearsal*
Wednesday 21 August, 1pm | Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

Drawing four years of concert performances of the Ring cycle at the International Festival to a close, this year’s final instalment in our Usher Hall series sees an outstanding cast of international soloists join Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for Wagner’s epic opera, Götterdämmerung. Join us to experience a working rehearsal of this thrilling production. 

Suggested donation £5.
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*For Friend Plus members and above only.

Pre-Concert Talks

Pre-Concert Talks 
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

Join a variety of conductors, composers, academics and cast members for a series of pre-concert talks at the Usher Hall and gain fascinating insights into the world-renowned orchestras and conductors visiting the International Festival this year. Please note speakers will be announced closer to the time.

West Side Story
Speakers to be announced.

Monday 5 August, 7pm
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Tuesday 6 August, 7pm
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Sir James MacMillan
Saturday 10 August, 6.45pm

Join Sir James MacMillan and BBC Radio 3 presenter Donald Macleod to explore Sir James’ life in music and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s performance of his epic cantata, Quickening.

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Manon Lescaut
Thursday 22 August, 6.30pm

Join Kings College London Lecturer in Music and Guardian opera critic Dr Flora Willson as she delves into Manon Lescaut, Puccini’s breakthrough hit opera filled with love, conflict, greed and desire.

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All pre-concert talks will last 40 minutes. Tickets for all pre-concert talks are priced at £8.

​Artist Talk with Sir Andrew Davis

Artist Talk with Sir Andrew Davis 
Friday 23 August, 2pm | Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

We are delighted to welcome Sir Andrew Davis to Edinburgh in 2019 where he will conduct Götterdämmerung, the epic conclusion to Wagner’s Ring cycle. Join Sir Andrew and special guests at the Usher Hall to celebrate his return to the International Festival.

Tickets for this event are priced at £15 and include a glass of wine.
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​Members Lunches at Dine

Members Lunches at Dine 
Dine, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED

Situated above the Traverse Theatre, Dine is a multi-award winning luxury brasserie and cocktail lounge with a focus on inventive local fare. Join us for a delicious meal this August to catch up with fellow members and meet new friends. 

Wednesday 7 August, 1.30pm 
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Tuesday 13 August, 1.30pm 
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Tickets for each lunch are priced at £38 and include three courses from the Market Menu and wine.