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Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

The maw (and paw) of all fireworks displays brings the Festival season to a close with a programme of music inspired by the theme of war. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra performs Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' from Die Walküre, Beethoven's Edmont Overture, Mendelssohn's 'War March of the Priests' from Athalie, Debussy's…

Ross Theatre Bandstand, Edinburgh

Sun 31 Aug

£12.50 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Les Troyens

Mariinsky Opera presents a view of the Trojan's ancient world with conductor Valery Gergiev and director Yannis Kokkos. This production is sung in French with English supertitles.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Thu 28 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 29 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 30 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Patria

A look at the physical and cultural impact the Spanish Civil War had on the country through the music of Federico García Lorca.

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Wed 27 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Thu 28 Aug

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sonic Vision

High energy music combines with vivid 3D graphic environments in this unique experience in Scotland's only 360 degree dome film theatre.

Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

ShowDome

£5 / 0131 550 7800

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

ShowDome

£5 / 0131 550 7800

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

ShowDome

£5 / 0131 550 7800

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Katie Paterson: Earth-Moon-Earth

This early work by Paterson consists of Beethoven's Sonata for Piano No 14, better known as the 'Moonlight' Sonata, translated into Morse code and beamed at the moon; the reflected transmission is then re-translated back into musical form and played on a piano, complete with missing notes where the moon's surface has…

Jupiter Artland, Wilkieston

Thu 28 Aug

Included in admission / 01506 889900

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Fri 29 Aug

Included in admission / 01506 889900

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sat 30 Aug

Included in admission / 01506 889900

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 10:00 – 17:00
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Bitter Music: Harry Partch’s Diary with David Moss

David Moss presents part of the musical text to accompany the staging of his last great opera Delusion of the Fury.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Daniil Trifonov

One of the most exciting new names in pianism, young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has been praised for his astonishing technical command, his overwhelming energy, and his total absorption in his music. He performs pieces by Stravinsky, Ravel and Liszt.

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 30 Aug

£8.50 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Festival Folk at the Oak

The Royal Oak / The Wee Folk Club The Royal Oak is one of the most famous hubs of folk music in Edinburgh. The 30-seater downstairs lounge has been dubbed the Folk Living Room of Scotland's capital. During the Fringe, the Wee Folk Club presents 31 nights of acoustic folk and traditional music, featuring a different…

The Royal Oak, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

Royal Oak Lounge

£6 / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 28 Aug

Royal Oak Lounge

£6 / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Royal Oak Lounge

£6 / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 31 Aug

Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Zacharias

The violinist and pianist present a programme of Beethoven's violin sonatas.

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£8.50 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 01: Brahms, Wolfgang Rihm and Strauss

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos joins the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Mariss Jansons, to perform Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Wolfgang Rihm's Lichtes Spiel and Strauss' Ein Heldenleben.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Scottish Sinfonia

The Scottish Sinfonia was founded in 1970 by Neil Mantle, who remains conductor to this day, and the amateur orchestra been praised for its stirring performances of late-romantic symphonic classics by Mahler, Bruckner and Strauss, including the Scottish premiere of Strauss' Alpine Symphony.

St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh

Sun 31 Aug

Main Sanctuary

£13 (£11) / 0131 229 1142

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Swingle Singers

A cappella arrangements of music from Bach to Bjork.

Millennium Forum, Londonderry

Fri 24 Oct

£13 / 02871 264455

  • 19:30

Yann Seznec: Currents

New composition exploring ideas of distance, data, modern convenience and memory, created from hundreds of fans controlled by real-time weather data.

Police Box, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Thu 28 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Fri 29 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 10:00 – 18:00
…and 2 more dates until 31 Aug

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Guest conductor Ilan Volkov leads the orchestra through Jonathan Mills' Sandakan Threnody and Janáček's Glagolitic Mass.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 30 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Ben Prestage

Ben Prestage "preachin" the blues like only he can!

Tron Kirk, Edinburgh

Wed 7 Oct 2015

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

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Cathedral Bach Before Breakfast

St Mary's Cathedral Wake up to Bach and a little Shostakovich in the beautiful setting of St Mary's Cathedral. John Bryden will play preludes and fugues on the Cathedral's Steinway. Coffee and croissants will follow. Retiring collection/donations for refreshments.

St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

Cathedral Nave

Free / 0131 225 6293

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Cathedral Nave

Free / 0131 225 6293

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts — Free

St Mary's Cathedral Celebrating 20 years. A former Times' critics' choice. A whole month of free concerts with leading performers from the world’s top universities and conservatoires. Full details at www.cathedral.net.

St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

Cathedral Nave

Free / 0131 225 6293

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 28 Aug

Cathedral Nave

Free / 0131 225 6293

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Cathedral Nave

Free / 0131 225 6293

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 30 Aug

Cathedral Nave

Free / 0131 225 6293

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Choral Evensong / Choral Eucharist

The professional chapel choir sings at the weekly interdenominational choral service in this extraordinary late Arts and Crafts building: truly one of Edinburgh's hidden gems. Guided tours after services. Music list and further details: www.robinchapel.org.uk.

The Robin Chapel, Edinburgh

Sun 31 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Clive Parnell @ Connected

Clive Parnell Following 2013's critically acclaimed album release, this gig will refresh your soul. With a seven-piece band, including Yvonne Lyon and Graeme Duffin, come and enjoy a great night of gospel/soul music. ‘This is a first class album, which gets better on repeated listening and will stand the test of time…

Connected, Edinburgh

Sun 31 Aug

Main venue

£5 (£3)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Delusion of the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion

A large-scale music-theatre work featuring Harry Partch's instruments and inspired by Ethiopian myth and Japenese Noh theatre pieces.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 30 Aug

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Eagleowl

Lo-fi folky loveliness from Fence Records signing.

Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£5; season pass £25 / 0131 629 4101

With Ian Humberstone and Smackvan. Part of Pale Imitation Festival.

Festival Masses

Choir of St Michael and All Saints Church Come and hear one of Edinburgh's best church choirs perform beautiful music in the liturgical setting it was written for. Music will include works by Byrd, Haydn, Rheinberger and Karl Jenkins.

St Michael & All Saints' Church, Edinburgh

Sun 31 Aug

St. Michael and All Saints Church

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Footstomping Traditional Scottish Music

Join us at the multi-award-winning WHISKI Bar and Restaurant for a vibrant footstomping good time as we showcase many traditional Scottish music bands at WHISKI Bar during August. Toes will be tapping to our vibrant mix of instruments playing live traditional Scottish music: fiddles, accordions, guitars and whistles…

Whiski, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

Whiski Bar

Free / 0131 556 3095

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 28 Aug

Whiski Bar

Free / 0131 556 3095

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 29 Aug

Whiski Bar

Free / 0131 556 3095

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 31 Aug

Harp Sundays

Stephanie Harrison-Boond and Caitlin Bruce Enjoy beautiful celtic harp music played by Stephanie Harrison-Boond and Caitlin Bruce accompanied by fresh, sustainable and locally sourced Scottish food. The award-winning Victor and Carina Contini The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant, in the Scottish National Gallery…

Victor & Carina Contini Ristorante, Edinburgh

Sun 31 Aug

Free / 0131 225 1550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 4

The Gilbert Elliott Duo 'I am Learning to play upon a German flute…' (from a letter to the Marquis of Montrose, 1702). Elizabeth Ford (baroque flute) and Allan Wright (harpsichord) highlight the importance of the flute in 18th century Scotland, exploring fashionable repertoire by native and continental composers. Their…

St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

St Cecilia's Hall

£10 (£8) / 0131 650 2805

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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