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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Tolling Russian bells resound throughout the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s all-Russian programme. 

Meine faire Dame – ein Sprachlabor

Theater Basel

Delightfully witty and (very) loosely based on My Fair Lady, Meine faire Dame is set in a language laboratory where its characters attempt to learn English from a very eccentric professor – with a secret to hide.


Paris-based vocal ensemble Dialogos brings alive some of the earliest known music.

Encounters: Athletes and Ideals

Louise Martin, Vice Chair of the Organising Committee of Commonwealth Games Scotland, chairs this discussion on what sport means to us today and the values of the classical Greek athlete. With Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of NVA’s Speed of Light, runner and writer Robin Harvie and Professor Douglas Cairns, specialist in the ethics of ancient Greek society at the University of Edinburgh.

Antonio Meneses &
Maria João Pires

Portuguese-born pianist Maria João Pires is joined by Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Sir Roger Norrington

Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream transports us to Shakespeare’s fairy world with its enchanting evocations, including the well-loved ‘Wedding March’

His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts & Concerto Palatino

A celebration of Giovanni Gabrieli

The virtuoso players of both His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and Concerto Palatino ensure an authentically resplendent sound.

Encounters: The Four Nations of the United Kingdom

A distinguished panel of creative writers meets to explore the voices of the four nations of the United Kingdom. Irish playwright Frank McGuinness, Scots poet and novelist Jackie Kay, writer and Wales’ first National Poet Gwyneth Lewis and English poet Lavinia Greenlaw come together for a series of readings and to discuss the distinctive voices that comprise the United Kingdom today. Chaired by Scottish poet Don Paterson.

Conversations: Barry McGovern

Barry McGovern, world renowned for his interpretations of the work of Samuel Beckett, discusses his adaptation and solo performance of Watt, produced by Dublin’s Gate Theatre, with questions from theatre specialist Dr Olga Taxidou.

Trio Zimmermann

The ensemble praised for its ravishing sound and commanding performances returns to the International Festival

Waltraud Meier
& Joseph Breinl

Grammy Award-winning German mezzo soprano Waltraud Meier, makes a welcome return to the International Festival following her debut in 2011. 

Conversations: Tom Cairns

Director of Opera North’s The Makropulos Case Tom Cairns talks about his new production of Janáček’s popular 1926 opera to BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster Jamie MacDougall.

Encounters: What Does It Mean to be British?

In a provocative keynote address, Robert McCrum, associate editor of The Observer and author of Globish, argues that it is not a suicide mission to define Britishness in terms of our inheritance and that, properly expressed, the definition can be a passport to a renewed and vigorous participation in global affairs.

Alpine Symphony

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Donald Runnicles

Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra return to the Festival with two transcendental evocations of nature and landscape, following last year’s memorable performance of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony.


Gate Theatre Dublin

The bizarre adventures of Watt and his struggle to make sense of the world around him are told with verbal elegance, immense pathos and fierce humour.

Waiting for Orestes: Electra

Suzuki Company of Toga

In Suzuki’s staging of the Greek myth, the characters’ interior world is deepened by setting the tragedy in a psychiatric hospital, one in which all of humanity is irredeemably trapped.


Deborah Colker Dance Company

Straight from the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Deborah Colker Dance Company transports Aleksandr Pushkin’s famous tale of young love, passion, obsession and rejection from 19th-century Russia to contemporary, sultry Brazil.

The Makropulos Case

Opera North

Janáček’s penultimate opera is at once a mystery thriller and a meditation on desire and eternal life.

Reflections on Song: Sir Thomas Allen

Major international star, English baritone Sir Thomas Allen reflects upon his career as a singer with music writer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service.

Ferrier Centenary Celebration Concert

The Kathleen Ferrier Award winners represent the most exciting hopes for the opera houses and Lieder platforms of the future.

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom © Neil Hanna

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert © Dave Stewart

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert