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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

This year’s Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings Edinburgh’s summer festival season to a spectacular conclusion, now on the last Monday evening. With a celebration of dance music the concert sets stirring and delightful music with an outstanding and sparkling visual extravaganza. The breathtaking fireworks display is specially choreographed by international fireworks artists Pyrovision.

Sufjan Stevens

To celebrate the release of his forth coming album Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens will play a special European tour date at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra

The Festival’s Honorary President, Valery Gergiev, and the outstanding London Symphony Orchestra bring the Festival’s Usher Hall concerts to a thrilling conclusion with music by two of the 20th century’s most dazzling, vibrant composers.

Family Concert

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Players

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert paints a picture in the Edinburgh evening sky using music and pyrotechnics and this innovative Family Concert uses digital technology to create a joyful and playful bridge between live music and light.


Songwriter Sufjan Stevens puts his expressive voice and exuberant orchestrations in the service of unabashed wonder at the world.

Beethoven's Missa solemnis

Robin Ticciati conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Beethoven’s mighty setting of the Mass is one of the grandest and greatest choral works ever composed, taking listeners on a profound spiritual journey through turbulent doubt to ultimate redemption.

Matthias Goerne | Daniil Trifonov

Two of today’s most remarkable musicians bring the Queen’s Hall recitals to a spectacular conclusion.

Wave Movements

Composers Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner, also members of rock bands Arcade Fire and The National respectively, take as inspiration the different wave cycles of the world’s oceans in a work for string orchestra and film. 

Murmel Murmel

Volksbühne, Berlin | Herbert Fritsch | Dieter Roth

In 2012 actor and director Herbert Fritsch caused a sensation at Berlin’s Volksbühne Theatre with his sumptuous and hilarious staging of what was considered an unstagable work. 

San Francisco Symphony 02

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5

Featuring Yuja Wang on piano.

Arcanto Quartet

Each of its players an eminent soloist in their own right – violinists Antje Weithaas and Daniel Sepec, violist Tabea Zimmermann and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras – the remarkable Arcanto Quartet has risen rapidly since its founding in 2002 to a position as one of the world’s outstanding ensembles.

Alexi Murdoch

Featuring Alexi Murdoch, James McAlister, Stephen Moore and Richard Reed Parry 

Ballett Zürich

Wayne McGregor | Christian Spuck

Ballett Zürich, one of Europe’s leading ensembles, presents a captivating double bill featuring works by their artistic director Christian Spuck and multi-award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor.

San Francisco Symphony 01

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have an acclaimed musical partnership stretching back two decades, and bringing together colour, power and beguiling elegance in their exceptional music-making. They bring two potent programmes contrasting American classics and compelling Romantic symphonies for their Festival residency.

The Magic Flute

Komische Oper Berlin | Barrie Kosky | 1927

Mozart’s masterful comedy is richly reimagined in a boundary-busting production created by director Barrie Kosky and British theatre group 1927, blending animated film and live action in a spectacular kaleidoscope of 1920s silent movies, Weimar cabaret, the dark humour of Edward Gorey and German expressionism.

Zehetmair Quartet

The string quartet founded by exceptional solo violinist Thomas Zehetmair in 1994 has been praised worldwide for its vivid, invigorating performances – played entirely from memory – that are alive to the music’s details, yet full of a fresh, questing spirit.

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Bach and Vivaldi

Anne-Sophie Mutter has for decades been revered as one of the world’s pre-eminent violinists, as respected for her invaluable education work and championing of new music as for her sparkling, searching performances.

Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven Sonatas - Concert 9

Celebrated Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has been performing complete cycles of the Beethoven piano sonatas since the 1970s, and has been widely acclaimed for his remarkable technical abilities, his exquisite taste and his astonishing, sometimes provocative insights into what form one of the greatest bodies of music ever composed.

Leonidas Kavakos | Yuja Wang

Two of today’s most charismatic and accomplished musicians come together for a Festival recital surveying the rich, thoughtful violin sonatas of Brahms.

Noseda Conducts Mahler

Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé sing Verdi

Diana Damrau joins respected bass-baritone Nicolas Testé and the exceptional young players of the European Union Youth Orchestra, under conductor Gianandrea Noseda

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom © Neil Hanna

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert © Dave Stewart

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert