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War, Atrocities and the Truth

The Western Front dominates our memories of the First World War, yet in this definitive talk on the Italian North East Front, historian and author Mark Thompson explores with Professor Joseph Farrell the futility of this warfare. Presented in association with the Italian Cultural Institute.

20 August 2014

Gallipoli: The End of the Myth

Author and academic Dr Robin Prior argues that although the motives for the Gallipoli campaign were admirable, it was a flawed operation from the beginning. Chaired by Robyn Marsack.

13 August 2014

The First World War and Australia’s Rise to Nationhood

Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, considers the social and political environment of Australia in the years immediately prior to the First World War. Chaired by Dr Robin Prior.

13 August 2014

First World War: Re-thinking the Centenary

Professor John Horne explores ways to think about the war and how to commemorate it that go beyond the national state. He argues that we need to overcome national limitations to see the war for what it was – a global conflict that gave birth to the violent century that followed. Chaired by Professor Donald Bloxham, University of Edinburgh.

9 August 2014

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The Festival's concert series at the Usher Hall concludes in epic style, with a blazing confrontation between darkness and light given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov.

30 August 2014

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Garry Walker

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert brings Edinburgh's summer festival season to a spectacular conclusion.

31 August 2014

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 01

Last year's Festival performance of Mahler's mighty Ninth Symphony by Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra showed beyond doubt why it is hailed as one of the world's truly great ensembles. The orchestra returns for a residency under the magnificent direction of its Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons.

27 August 2014

Stéphane Degout & Simon Lepper

Gripping, grotesque miniature operas sit alongside touching Gallic evocations in this powerful recital.

27 August 2014

Takács Quartet 2

The Takács Quartet is respected worldwide for its lucid, dramatic performances and technical brilliance.

23 August 2014

Takács Quartet 1

The Takács Quartet is respected worldwide for its lucid, dramatic performances and technical brilliance.

22 August 2014

Simon Keenlyside & Malcolm Martineau

Poignant English songs of regret and lost innocence contrast boldly with richly Romantic German Lieder in this Festival recital.

20 August 2014

William Tell

Gioachino Rossini / Teatro Regio Torino

A passionate tale of forbidden love, and a story of a bitter struggle against tyranny: William Tell is the summation of Rossini's operatic expertise in a powerful work of great energy, drama and beauty.

26 August 2014

Michael Houstoun

Concert pianist Michael Houstoun is one of New Zealand's finest musicians, praised around the globe for his vivid, fiery playing.

19 August 2014

Trio Verlaine

Debussy's Sonata for flute, viola and harp established this unusual trio of instruments as a thrillingly expressive chamber grouping.

16 August 2014

Artemis Quartet

Berlin-based Artemis Quartet is acclaimed for the technical brilliance and intensity of its high-energy performances.

14 August 2014

Alban Gerhardt & Steven Osborne

German cellist Alban Gerhardt and Scottish pianist Steven Osborne come together for a powerful recital of solo and duo works.

13 August 2014

Czech Philharmonic 02

The world-renowned mezzo soprano Bernarda Fink, celebrated for her exquisite voice and her powerful performances sings the moving Biblical Songs by Dvořák, contemplative essays in peace and touching sincerity.

22 August 2014

Nicola Benedetti, Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, Benjamin Gilmore, Leonard Elschenbroich & Alexei Grynyuk

Acclaimed violinist Nicola Benedetti gathers an ensemble of her regular collaborators for a special Festival recital.

11 August 2014

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

One of Australia's finest ensembles, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has been praised for the intense drama of its colourful performances. Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis is joined by two world-renowned soloists in a programme of bright contrasts.

21 August 2014

Hebrides Ensemble

The 2014 Queen's Hall Series opens with the power and panache of a masterpiece of music theatre.

9 August 2014

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