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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event that draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Fri 1 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 2 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sun 3 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

Bach and the Italian Influence

David Hamilton Bach’s organ music shows a wealth of foreign stimuli, but it is arguably Italy’s composers and style that made the greatest impression on him. In arrangements of complete concertos by Vivaldi, or his use of themes by Corelli and Legrenzi as fugue subjects, or, more generally, in the mood and character of…

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Canongate Kirk

£5 / 0131 556 3515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Philharmonia Orchestra: Britten’s War Requiem

Sir Andrew Davis conducts Britten's piece of his pacifist beliefs which combines and contrasts texts from Latin Requiem Mass with First World War poetry by Wilfred Owen.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Pianist/Guitarist Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart If you've been searching and waiting for a concert full of beautiful music - this is it! The show for fans of Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi and lovers of all styles of acoustic guitar music. Dave Stewart's influences include modern classical, like Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass,Yann Trisen. Dave will…

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Back Room

£7 (£6) / 0131 346 8237

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Back Room

£7 (£6) / 0131 346 8237

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Piano Duets

Cohen and Nunn Jonathan and Anne look forward to welcoming you to their celebration of the piano duet! Two daily, alternating programmes will include music by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and lesser known gems by Onslow, Dussek and Franck.

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Canongate Kirk

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 3515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 12 Aug

Canongate Kirk

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 3515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 13 Aug

Canongate Kirk

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 3515

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Piano Recital - Classical Masterpieces Major and Minor

Alasdair Cameron Vide sopra! Alasdair returned to Scotland after 14 years in Europe to be hailed as ‘a master’ (EdinburghGuide.com). He has appeared in Edinburgh’s Queen's Hall, Glasgow’s City Halls Recital Room and London’s Purcell Room (where he debuted). Virtuosity, artistry, tone-colouring, tonal refinement and…

St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Sanctuary

£14 (£10) / 0131 229 1142

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Piotr Anderszewski: Bach, Schumann, Szymanowski, Schubert

The Polish pianist performs Bach's Overture in the French Style BWV 831, Schumann's Novelette Op 21 No 8, Szymanowski's Metopes and Schubert's Piano Sonata in C minor D958.

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

£8.50 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Polish Radio Choir

The Krakow-based choir perform music by Górecki and Penderecki.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Preston Reed

Fusing blues, folk, funk and jazz to create aural pictures of Americana, the Girvan-based American is widely recognised as one of the world's most gifted acoustic guitarists.

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

Big Room

£15 (£12) / 0131 346 8237

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Quartet for the End of Time

Jörg Widmann (clarinet), Antje Weithaas (violin), Alban Gerhardt (cello) and Steven Osborne (piano) perform Messiaen's piece with apocalyptic themes.

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£20 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Quartet for the End of Time

A discussion about the classical piece.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Ragged Glory

Wow! Three consecutive years of sell-out concerts - so they are back for more. Four folk who just love to sing, harmonise and tell a story or two - all designed to get you laughing and singing along. So if you enjoy a blend of traditional, contemporary and original songs delivered straight from the heart, you'll enjoy a…

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Big Room

£10 / 0131 346 8237

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Renaud Capuçon, Hanna Weinmeister, Edgar Moreau and Jérôme Ducros

French violinist Renaud Capuçon is joined by his chamber music colleagues to perform a programme including Korngold's Violin Sonata, Mahler's Piano Quartet Movement and Webern's Suite for Piano Left Hand, Two Violins and Cello.

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£8.50 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Renz Novani: Spellbinder - Magic & Mystory

Renz (AKA Lorenzo Novani) Renz is an entirely self-taught modern magician with flair for the poetic, an obsession with the mind and a fascination for the unknown. In this outing he carefully weaves close-up magic, thought-reading and true stories into an intimate, honest and spellbinding experience that will have you…

Spotlites @ The Merchant's Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Zone Theatre

£8 (£6.50) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Zone Theatre

£8 (£6.50) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Zone Theatre

£8 (£6.50) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

Rosie Nimmo

Jazz, blues and folk-infused vocals.

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Back Room

£10 (£8) / 0131 346 8237

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra: Mahler’s Symphony No 6

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin take on Mahler's symphony, which is sometimes called the 'Tragic'.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£12 / 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.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 02: Shostakovich and Ravel

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Mariss Jansons, to perform Shostakovich's Symphony No 1 and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G and 'Suite No 2' from Daphnis et Chloé.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra: The Opening Concert

The RSNO performs Schoenberg's Five Orchestral Pieces, Scriabin's Prometheus and Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien to mark the beginning of the Edinburgh International Festival. The conductor is Oliver Knussen and stars Kirill Gerstein (piano) and Claire Booth (soprano).

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

RSNO: Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony

Samuel Pisar, a survivor of both Auschwitz and Dachau, delivers a personal narration to accompany Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony. Conducted by John Axelrod.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Sax Appeal

  • 60 min

Saxophonist and composer Derek Nash leads his award-winning jazz fusion outfit.

St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

St Andrew's and St George's West

£9 (£8) / 0131 225 3847

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Scotland's Choice

North Sea Gas North Sea Gas once again take to the stage in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a selection of material from their latest album The Fire and the Passion of Scotland and previous albums. They will entertain you with songs of love, songs of battle, songs to sing. You will hear guitars, bouzouki, fiddle…

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Big Room

£13 (£11) / 0131 346 8237

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Brahms, Schumann, Webern and Beethoven

Robin Ticciati conducts the programme consisting of Brahms' Tragic Overture, Schumann's Rhenish, Webern's Langsamer Satz and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto. Featuring Lars Vogt on piano.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£12 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Scottish Ensemble and the Commonwealth Strings

Some of the foremost Scottish string players join fores with some of the most exceptional young string players from across the Commonwealth to present a programme which includes Elgar's Introductions and Allegro, Sculthorpe's Sonata for Strings No 3, Farr's Relict Furies for mezzo soprano and double strong orchestra and…

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 26 Aug

£8.50 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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.

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