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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Celtic Dialogues

Old, Historical and Modern Traditions

Early music pioneer and viola da gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall has devoted his career to breathing fresh life into historical musical masterpieces, and he recently turned his attention to the musical traditions of Ireland and Scotland.

9 August 2015

Preview: Lanark

Citizens Theatre | David Greig | Graham Eatough | Alasdair Gray

A young man arrives in a dying city with seashells in his pockets. He doesn’t know who he is, or how he got here. He goes by the only name he can think of: Lanark.

22 August 2015

Modigliani Quartet

Wit, elegance and Gallic sophistication come together in the playing of one of today’s most exciting younger string quartets. Founded in Paris in 2003, the Modigliani Quartet has a well-established international reputation based on its powerful, persuasive performances.

11 August 2015


Ballett am Rhein | Martin Schläpfer | Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Germany’s Ballett am Rhein joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for Martin Schläpfer’s epic response to Mahler’s enigmatic 7th Symphony.

20-22 August 2015


Ivo van Hove directs a stellar cast including Juliette Binoche, Obi Abili, Kirsty Bushell, Samuel Edward-Cook, Finbar Lynch, Patrick O’Kane and Kathryn Pogson in Anne Carson’s striking new translation of Sophokles’s great tragedy.

7-22 August 2015

Valentina Naforniţa | Roger Vignoles

Lieder and songs by Fauré, Liszt, Bartók, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák.

12 August 2015

Colin Currie & Friends

Exhilarating music for two pianists and two percussionists, performed by exceptional Scottish-born percussionist Colin Currie and friends.

21 August 2015

Chambers | Chilly Gonzales

 Gonzo re-imagines chamber music as if it were today’s pop, with his array of rap, classical, ambient and more. 

8-9 August 2015

Tallis Scholars

Balancing brilliance and sheer sonic beauty, and hugely respected for their championing of exquisite but little-known early choral music under founding Director Peter Phillips, the Tallis Scholars are one of the UK’s most accomplished choral groups.

10 August 2015

Matthias Goerne | Daniil Trifonov

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

29 August 2015

Berlioz's Grande messe des morts

Performed by the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

For their second Festival performance, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen present one of the grandest, most ambitious works in the choral repertoire, a piece that draws unmistakably on the expertise of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in its 50th anniversary year.

22 August 2015

Complicite Symposium - The Encounter

Speakers include science writer Rita Carter and the event will finish with a panel discussion led by Complicite artistic director Simon McBurney.

21 August 2015

Sol Gabetta | Bertrand Chamayou

Sensuous yet full of searing insights, and often providing bracingly fresh perspectives on well-loved music, Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta’s playing is admired worldwide for its passion and intense lyricism.

24 August 2015

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.

29 August 2015

Mitsuko Uchida in Recital

Schubert and Beethoven

Uchida has long been acclaimed for her powerful, movingly sincere performances of Schubert, balancing intellectual insights with huge depth of feeling.

24 August 2015

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.

27-29 August 2015


Fanfare aims to capture this spirit of community by inviting everyone in the city to experience the joy of brass band music together.

23 August 2015

San Francisco Symphony 02

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5

Featuring Yuja Wang on piano.

28 August 2015

From Scotland with Love | King Creosote

Love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play – but most of all, Scotland, in a film that brings out not only the vividness of the past in the present but also very much the personal. 

14-15 August 2015

The Rake's Progress

Sir Andrew Davis conducts Stravinsky

Which is more important: love or money? If you had to decide between a humdrum life of blissful ignorance, or power, riches, danger and risk, which would you choose?

12 August 2015

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Leith Theatre Copy 1

Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside