70th Anniversary Celebration Concert
  • Edinburgh International Festival

The 2017 International Festivals Usher Hall concerts come to a resplendent conclusion in a very special concert celebrating 70 years of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Bringing together live music, archive film, interviews and unique memories, this is your chance to join in celebrating one of the worlds most influential festivals " through the music that has featured in it, and the revered figures who have performed in it.

Renowned British conductor Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra " both of whose contributions to the International Festival have been treasured for many years " offer a unique programme of music with Edinburgh connections. From Sir Arthur Blisss exuberant Edinburgh Overture, written for the International Festival and premiered to mark its tenth anniversary, to Vaughan Williamss serene Tallis Fantasia and Johann Strauss IIs high-spirited Emperor Waltz, both of which were performed way back in the opening International Festival in 1947.

Brabbins and the BBC SSO bring things right up to date with Staffa, a new collaborative work, of a film and score, inspired by Mendelssohns journey to the Hebrides by composer Ned Bigham and BAFTA-winning film director Gerry Fox.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 later that evening at 10pm.