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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius’s Second Symphony is one of the composer’s warmest pieces, emerging from forest murmuring at its opening to the blazing light of its grandiose conclusion’s triumphant fanfares.

Reflections on Song: Ian Bostridge with Sir John Tusa

Internationally celebrated English tenor Ian Bostridge discusses his recent collection of essays on music, A Singer’s Notebook, with Sir John Tusa, cultural commentator and former Managing Director of London’s Barbican.

Encounters: Choosing Myths and Fairytales

Scots Makar, poet and playwright Liz Lochhead discusses her work and its connections with myth and fairytales from Scottish and European traditions with Robyn Marsack, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library.

Francesco Piemontesi

The enormously gifted young Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi is one of the piano world’s rising stars, admired for his intimate, singing tone and his keen musical integrity.

King Arthur

The Sixteen / Henry Purcell

The Sixteen brings its expertise in early English music to bear on the spectacular Restoration drama King Arthur.

Encounters: Fresh Voices

Jen Hadfield, the English poet and artist, who found inspiration and a new voice when she moved to Shetland five years ago, Scottish teen fiction writer Jamie Jauncey and Lawrence Rhodes, Artistic Director of New York’s Juilliard Dance, discuss regeneration and renewal of the arts. Chaired by Richard Holloway, Chairman of Sistema Scotland.

Dietrich Henschel & Steven Osborne

German baritone Dietrich Henschel returns to the International Festival is in a programme of rich, passionate late-Romantic song.

Budapest Festival Orchestra

One of central Europe’s most prestigious ensemble plays Bartók and Mahler.

Encounters: Myth and Enchantment

Writer Marina Warner, Wagner specialist Derek Watson and Dmitry Krymov, director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), examine the roles of myth, fairytale and enchantment in culture and creativity. Chaired by the Head of Literature for the British Council, Susie Nicklin.

Masterclass: Leigh Warren Professional Dance Class

Advanced contemporary dance class with one of Australia’s foremost choreographers and dancers.

Juilliard Dance

A triple bill from New York's famous school.

Leigh Warren + Dancers

Leigh Warren + Dancers

Renowned for defying convention and enticing audiences with sublime marriages of movement and sound, Leigh Warren + Dancers presents a unique and inspiring double bill of dance, the first time these two pieces have been performed together.

The Nutcracker

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Josep Pons directs the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in sumptuous music that’s perfect for festive occasions of all seasons, and enchants listeners whatever their age.

Encounters: A Very French Connection

Ariane Mnouchkine, director of Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir, is joined by Michel Le Bris, founder of book and film festival Étonnants Voyageurs, and author Professor Ian Thompson to discuss Jules Verne’s fascination with Scotland. Chaired by Catherine Lockerbie, the panel explores the cultural bonds between Scotland and France.

Conversations: Camille O'Sullivan

Singer Camille O’Sullivan talks to BBC Radio Scotland’s Stephen Duffy about interpreting art song and her solo performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Rape of Lucrece.

Anne Schwanewilms & Malcolm Martineau

German lyric soprano Anne Schwanewilms is one of today’s finest opera singers, and her imaginative insight, dramatic flair and lustrous tone are equally apparent in her bewitching song recitals.

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Mahler’s dark-hued Symphony No 7 charts a journey from dusk to dawn, with music that is passionate and lyrical, yet also at times chilling and grotesque.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (As You Like It)

Chekhov International Theatre Festival

Shakespeare’s magical, shape-shifting play.

Fringe Prize 2011: the TEAM - Primer for a Failed Superpower

Winner of the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, the Team presents a work in progress.

Daniil Trifonov

Piano recital from one of the most exciting new names in pianism.

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom © Neil Hanna

Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert 2016

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert