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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

Dover Quartet

Play Haydn, Bartók and Zemlinsky

Winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition, this exciting young string ensemble make their International Festival debut.

Des canyons aux étoiles...

Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Messiaen

Matthias Pintscher and the SCO perform with Pierre-Laurent Aimard in this remarkable work by Messiaen.

Dvořák's Requiem

Jakub Hrůša conducts the Bamberger Symphoniker

Emerging young conductor Jakub Hrůša is joined by four soloists and Edinburgh Festival Chorus in one of classical music’s greatest choral epics.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

with Sheku Kanneh-Mason

The CBSO conducted by Ludovic Morlot performs works from Stravinsky and Ravel, joined by cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason for Elgar's Cello Concerto.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra 2

Robin Ticciati conducts Brahms Cycle

In the second of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Brahms cycle, Robin Ticciati conducts the second and fourth symphonies.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra 1

Robin Ticciati conducts Brahms Cycle

One of Scotland’s best-loved ensembles performs the cycle of Brahms’ symphonies over two nights. In this concert we hear his first and third symphonies.

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko conducts Strauss and Prokofiev

Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic return to the International Festival with a vibrant programme of Richard Strauss and Prokofiev.

Handel's Samson

Dunedin Consort & John Butt

Handel’s powerful oratorio is brought to life by Scotland’s finest period-instrument ensemble.

London Symphony Orchestra 2

Rattle conducts Mahler

In the second of their two-concert series, the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle perform Mahler’s Ninth Symphony – the composer’s struggle with the meaning of life.

London Symphony Orchestra 1

Rattle conducts Bernstein, Dvořák and Janáček

In the first of two concerts, Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO are joined by legendary pianist Krystian Zimerman for Bernstein’s Second Symphony.

Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony

Music of the land and sea

Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus join forces to perform Vaughan Williams’s mighty A Sea Symphony and celebrate Scottish composer Thea Musgrave.

Opening Concert

Haydn’s Creation

Josef Haydn’s explosive oratorio The Creation opens the 2018 International Festival. Edward Gardner conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and National Youth Choir of Scotland.

Nicola Benedetti

With the Academy of Ancient Music

A morning of witty and theatrical Baroque works from Nicola Benedetti, accompanied by the world-renowned Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr.   

John Grant

The singer-songwriter brings his captivating music to a very special International Festival concert.

St. Vincent

I Am a Lot Like You!

The Grammy Award-winning musician brings her transgressive pop on a rare visit to Scotland as part of her I Am a Lot Like You! tour.

Waiting for Godot

Druid / Garry Hynes

Samuel Beckett’s iconic absurdist play is brought to life in what has been called its greatest production for 25 years.

Hocus Pocus

Philippe Saire Company

A captivating visual spectacle for families, bringing together dance, theatre and visual art to tell a fantastical tale of bravery.

The End of Eddy

Unicorn Theatre / Untitled Projects / Stewart Laing / Pamela Carter

This new stage adaptation of Édouard Louis’ acclaimed autobiographical novel En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule tells the unflinching story of a boy growing up in poverty.

Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis

A workshop presentation of a contemporary reworking of Sir David Lindsay's play.

Kadamati

Akram Khan Company

A large-scale free outdoor dance performance, Kadamati brings together hundreds of local dancers in a grand gesture of unity outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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