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Edinburgh: Festival City

Composer Tod Machover, conductor Peter Oundjian and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra take us through the creation of a new piece of music celebrating the City of Edinburgh and its Festival and co-created by members of the public. 

27 August 2013

Dance on Film Talk

Curator of Dance Odysseys films Nele Hertling shares her thoughts on dance on celluloid.

19 August 2013

Verdi Requiem

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The 20130 International Festival’s Usher Hall concerts come to an epic conclusion with Verdi’s powerful Requiem, its theatricality and gripping emotions making it as suited to the opera house or concert hall as to any church.

31 August 2013

Dorothea Röschmann & Malcolm Martineau

A richly expressive recital of Romantic song from one of the world’s most celebrated singers. German soprano Dorothea Röschmann is widely admired for her vivid portrayals in the opera house, and her talent for dramatic characterisation is equally apparent in the concert hall.

19 August 2013

Live Music Now talk

Ian Stoutzker, co-founder with Yehudi Menuhin of Live Music Now, discusses the organisation’s distinctive work and Menuhin’s vision with Director of Live Music Now Scotland Carol Main.

29 August 2013

Hannah Stone

The Royal harpist plays Bach, Dizi, Prokofiev and Salzedo.

14 August 2013


In this two part event, Pan Pan Theatre Company works with students from Scottish Ballet and mathematician Conor Houghton to present a lecture demonstration of the piece, before Beckett scholar Mark Nixon gives a talk to contextualise it.

27 August 2013

Hebrides Ensemble & Thomas Bloch

Unusual instruments and boundary-pushing music old and new from one of Scotland’s most respected chamber groups, Hebrides Ensemble.

26 August 2013

Olga Jegunova

The Latvian-born pianist plays Schubert, Mozart and Rachmaninov with music by composers from her homeland, Peteris Vasks and Rihards Dubra.

27 August 2013

Ohio Impromptu / Rough for Theatre I / Not I

Triple bill of films as part of Beckett on Film programme

31 August 2013

Midori 1

Internationally renowned violinist Midori brings two concerts to this year’s International Festival, offering a fresh perspective on one of the greatest collections of music in the violin repertoire. 

22 August 2013

Conversations: The Wooster Group

Elizabeth LeCompte and company members talk to Andrew Quick about their complex interpretationof Hamlet.

12 August 2013

Synthetic Biology: Where Organic Meets Digital

In this lecture demonstration Alan Murray, Head of the School of Design at ECA, shows us how synthetic biologists, designers, artists, engineers and computer scientists can work together.

29 August 2013

Interfaces: Is the Internet Making Us Smarter?

The Internet is the greatest store of human knowledge that has ever existed. But it is also a shopping mall, a video arcade and a Pandora’s Box. 

13 August 2013

Sax Ecosse

Music for saxophone quartet including works by Jonathan Dove, Diana Salazar, Michael Torke, Joe Cutler, Barbara Thompson and György Ligeti performed by Karen Dufour, Michelle Melvin, Gillian Skingley and Lynsey Payne.

19 August 2013

I'll Go On

Gate Theatre Dublin

One-man show performed by celebrated Beckett interpreter Barry McGovern.

25-31 August 2013

Nikolai Lugansky

Nikolai Lugansky Piano

Moscow-born pianist Nikolai Lugansky has been praised for both the reflective poetry and the blazing virtuosity of his commanding performances, and he explores both of these qualities in his wideranging recital.

15 August 2013

The Last Hotel

Donnacha Dennehy | Enda Walsh

The Last Hotel unites two of Ireland’s most fascinating artists, multi award-winning playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy in a new chamber opera from Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera about life, death, duty and guilt.

8-12 August 2015

The Magic Flute

Komische Oper Berlin | Barrie Kosky | 1927

Mozart’s masterful comedy is richly reimagined in a boundary-busting production created by director Barrie Kosky and British theatre group 1927, blending animated film and live action in a spectacular kaleidoscope of 1920s silent movies, Weimar cabaret, the dark humour of Edward Gorey and German expressionism.

27-30 August 2015

Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven Sonatas - Concert 6

Celebrated Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has been performing complete cycles of the Beethoven piano sonatas since the 1970s, and has been widely acclaimed for his remarkable technical abilities, his exquisite taste and his astonishing, sometimes provocative insights into what form one of the greatest bodies of music ever composed.

17 August 2015

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