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Roses in Scottish Ballet's Cinderella © Andy Ross
Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet's Cinderella lights up Edinburgh

By , 08 December 2018
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Wojtek the Bear © David Smythe
Edinburgh

McFall’s Chamber: Warsaw’s Tango and Afterwards

By , 15 November 2018
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The Tonkünstler in Usher Hall © Ute van der Sanden
Edinburgh

Knockout playing from the Tonkünstler in Edinburgh

By , 28 October 2018
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© Johan Persson
Edinburgh

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake: The Legend Returns will have audiences flocking to it

By , 16 October 2018
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Daniel Harding © Aly Wright
Edinburgh

Wonderful choral singing makes for a stirring Mahler 8 in Edinburgh

By , 26 August 2018
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James Baillieu © Clive Barda
Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival's Queen's Hall cycle closes with a Bernstein flourish

By , 25 August 2018
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Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

It's Bernstein’s birthday: Alsop, Benedetti and the Baltimore Symphony celebrate in style

By , 25 August 2018
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Taylor Stayton, Nikolay Borchev, Michèle Losier, Renato Girolami © Xavi Montojo
Edinburgh

La Cenerentola at Edinburgh Festival: comic direction to savour from Stefan Herheim

By , 24 August 2018
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

James Ehnes makes a dazzling EIF debut

By , 23 August 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
Edinburgh

Hrůša's clarity of vision focuses Dvořák’s Requiem in Edinburgh

By , 21 August 2018
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St Patrick's © St Andrew Camerata
Edinburgh

Late night candlelit concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe

By , 18 August 2018
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason outside the Usher Hall © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Sheku Kanneh-Mason makes his EIF debut playing Elgar's Cello Concerto

By , 17 August 2018
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The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger
Edinburgh

Baroque meets jukebox musical in a wryly topical Beggar’s Opera at EIF

By , 16 August 2018
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McFall's Chamber at the Fringe © McFall's Chamber
Edinburgh

Red Blue Balance: McFall’s Chamber's inspirational jazz fusion at the Fringe

By , 12 August 2018
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Autobiography © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Algorithms and DNA spirals: Wayne McGregor's Autobiography at the EIF

By , 11 August 2018
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Takács Quartet © Amanda Tipton
Edinburgh

Takács Quartet heads east in Edinburgh

By , 11 August 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle rehearsing with the LSO © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Rattle and the LSO make their Edinburgh Festival debut together

By , 10 August 2018
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

Two contrasting seascapes make a pair of satisfying voyages at Edinburgh International Festival

By , 09 August 2018
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The cast at curtain call © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

A heroic performance of Siegfried at the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 08 August 2018
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Guillaume Andrieux (Figaro) © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Tales from the Stave: Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 05 August 2018
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Edinburgh

Oundjian ends his RSNO tenure with Mahler 9

By , 01 June 2018
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Edinburgh

Sparkling Strauss and brilliant Brahms from Søndergård

By , 11 May 2018
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Gustavo Gimeno © Marco Borggreve
Edinburgh

Gustavo Gimeno makes an uneven debut in Edinburgh

By , 10 May 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Edinburgh

RSNO plays American classics for the Bernstein centenary

By , 27 April 2018
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Maarten Engeltjes © Harrison Parrott
Edinburgh

Handel’s Solomon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

By , 26 April 2018
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Peter Oundjian © Dale Wilcox
Edinburgh

Oundjian at his best in Shostakovich's “Leningrad” Symphony

By , 20 April 2018
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Abigail Prudames (Marilla) and artists of Northern Ballet in Nixon's The Little Mermaid © Emma Kauldhar
Edinburgh

David Nixon's The Little Mermaid is a Masterpiece

By , 22 March 2018
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Maxim Emelyanychev © Emil Matveev
Edinburgh

Emelyanychev makes thrilling debut with SCO

By , 15 March 2018
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François Leleux © Thomas Kost
Edinburgh

François Leleux makes SCO debut as conductor

By , 08 March 2018
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Edinburgh

Oundjian’s magisterial Bruckner in Edinburgh

By , 23 February 2018
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Karen Cargill © Ken Dundas
Edinburgh

From Naxos to Carthage: Ancient Classical Tales from Karen Cargill and the Scottish Ensemble

By , 20 February 2018
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Elisabeth Leonskaja © Julia Wesley
Edinburgh

Mediocre Beethoven but brilliant Shostakovich from the SCO

By , 01 February 2018
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Catriona Morison © Julie Howden
Edinburgh

Cardiff 2017 winner Catriona Morison’s recital première in Edinburgh

By , 19 January 2018
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

Manze and Fox’s brilliant Britten

By , 18 January 2018
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Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Edinburgh

Ticciati revisits former glories with his SCO team

By , 11 January 2018
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Sophie Martin (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Christopher Harrison (The Nutcracker) © Andy Ross
Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a festive delight at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

By , 09 December 2017
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Augustin Hadelich © Rosalie O'Connor
Edinburgh

Oundjian's Brahms disappoints, but Hadelich's Dvořák takes off in Edinburgh

By , 01 December 2017
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Edinburgh

Søndergård’s Scheherezade a mixed success in Edinburgh

By , 17 November 2017
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José Luis Gomez © Matthieu Gauchet
Edinburgh

José Luis Gomez steps in late for the RSNO's Russian Revolution centenary programme

By , 10 November 2017
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Tabula rasa © Hugh Carswell
Edinburgh

Arvo Pärt’s Angel Music: poignant performances from the Scottish Ensemble and Vanishing Point

By , 09 November 2017
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Jan Vogler © Jim Rakete
Edinburgh

RSNO gives UK première of Wolfgang Rihm's Duo Concerto

By , 03 November 2017
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Sir Roger Norrington © Alberto Venzago
Edinburgh

Songful Schumann from Sir Roger Norrington and the RSNO

By , 20 October 2017
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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

James Ehnes excels in Edinburgh with Beethoven's Violin Concerto

By , 13 October 2017
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Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Edinburgh

Delightful Dvořák from Ticciati and the SCO in Usher Hall

By , 12 October 2017
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Sophie Martin and Constant Vigier in Christopher Hampson's The Rite of Spring © Andy Ross
Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet's Stravinsky Double Bill is a hit in Edinburgh

By , 11 October 2017
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Peter Oundjian © Sian Richards
Edinburgh

Elgar and the Rite open Oundjian's final RSNO season

By , 06 October 2017
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Rain © Anne Van Aerschot
Edinburgh

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker brings Rain to the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 25 August 2017
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Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the RSNO © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Searing Shostakovich 4 at the Edinburgh Festival: Russians and Scots recall 1962 Western première

By , 23 August 2017
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Dalibor Jenis (Macbeth) © Franco Lannino
Edinburgh

Opulent Turin Macbeth arrives at Edinburgh International Festival

By , 18 August 2017
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Sally Carr and Calum Robertson © Rhona Christie
Edinburgh

Edinburgh Fringe: Hot Chocolate at Old St Pauls is late night food for the soul

By , 16 August 2017
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