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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Kristiina Poska conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Join the City of Edinburgh in a celebration of summer festivals, inspirational music and breathtaking fireworks as the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival to a resplendent conclusion.

Sam Beam &
Jesca Hoop

US indie-folk singer-songwriters Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop are two of today’s most distinctive musical voices. 


Schoenberg’s epic cantata

Powerhouse conductor Donald Runnicles brings the 2016 Usher Hall concerts to a dazzling conclusion with Schoenberg’s epic mega-cantata Gurrelieder, marking his very last concert as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Mogwai & Mark Cousins

Atomic: Living In Dread and Promise

Mogwai live on stage. Performing their majestic new soundtrack to a provocative documentary by film maker Mark Cousins.

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 2

Sir András Schiff plays Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto

The world-renowned Gewandhausorchester Leipzig has a venerable history stretching right back to Bach’s time. 

The International Festival Young People's Awards Ceremony

Mammalian Diving Reflex

The International Festival Young People’s Awards Ceremony was the culminating event for a group of local young people who were appointed the official International Festival jury. 


Kabinet K

Raw is dynamic dance theatre, made by children, for children, and for adults too, best for children aged 12 and over.

Danish String Quartet

Plays Beethoven and Mozart

The 2016 Queen’s Hall recitals come to a vivid close with one of the most exciting young string quartets performing now.

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 1

Herbert Blomstedt conducts Bach and Bruckner

Quite simply one of the world’s truly finest and longest-established orchestras, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig is one of the custodians of German musical culture, giving thrilling, vivid performances of enormous subtlety and refinement.

Richard Goode

Plays music by Mozart, Janáček, Beethoven, Brahms and Debussy

One of the greatest US pianists of his generation, Richard Goode has enjoyed a five-decade career as a celebrated soloist, admired as much for his penetrating intellect as for his commanding performances. He also has the uncanny knack of leaving listeners with entirely new insights into the music he’s playing.

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Nézét-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Tenth Symphony

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has described Mahler’s Tenth Symphony as ‘a piece like no other in the history of music’. It is both brutal and uplifting, astonishingly cathartic, a heart-wrenching farewell to the world, and to his beloved wife Alma – six of whose rarely heard but exquisite songs open tonight’s concert. The Symphony was completed after Mahler’s death by musicologist Derryck Cooke, who virtually dedicated his life to the remarkable work, but every movement is of Mahler’s own making.

Così fan tutte

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

A brand new production of Mozart and da Ponte’s provocative opera, direct from this year’s Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Emma Pollock

Founder member of The Delgados, Emma Pollock released her third critically acclaimed solo album earlier this year. In Search of Harperfield blends her trademark rich lyricism, wistful melancholy and unashamed attitude in some of Pollock’s most intensely personal songs.

Florian Boesch & Malcolm Martineau

Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin

Austrian baritone Florian Boesch gained a 2015 Grammy nomination for his disc of Schubert’s heartrending song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, hailed as one of the most powerful Lieder recordings of recent years.

Hans Zender’s Winterreise

Hebrides Ensemble in Greyfriars Kirk

Schubert’s Winterreise is perhaps the greatest song cycle of them all, an intensely moving exploration of love and despair as a lonely traveller, driven from his beloved’s house, embarks on a soul searching journey through the winter snow.

The Toad Knew

James Thierrée / Compagnie du Hanneton

This is visual theatre to enchant you, delight you, and fill you with wonder. 

Youssou N'Dour

Senegalese superstar

Youssou N’Dour is almost certainly the greatest figure in African music. He has been mesmerising audiences for more than three decades with his unmistakable soaring tenor, mixing Senegal’s ancient traditions with eclectic world influences from Cuban rumba to hip-hop, jazz and soul. 

Richard III

William Shakespeare / Schaubühne Berlin / Thomas Ostermeier

Deeply influential theatre maker Thomas Ostermeier returned to the Edinburgh International Festival with a raw, gritty reimagining of Shakespeare’s unflinching study of evil, in a compelling and critically acclaimed production from Berlin’s Schaubühne Theatre.

Steven Isserlis & Robert Levin 2

Beethoven’s complete works for cello and fortepiano

Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin complete their Festival survey of Beethoven’s complete music for cello and keyboard with a recital contrasting the composer’s elegant early Classicism with the searching spirituality of his late works.


Nae Regrets – Martyn Bennett’s GRIT

An epic reimagining of the visionary GRIT, the final album by pioneering Scottish piper, fiddler and studio mixer Martyn Bennett, bringing together an 80-piece orchestra, plus folk and jazz instrumentalists and singers, many deeply associated with Bennett himself.

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom © Neil Hanna

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert © Dave Stewart

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert