Scottish Music Old and New

Scottish Music Old and New

The Whistlebinkies’ rich blending of the tones and rhythms of fiddles, flute, concertina, lowland pipes, Scottish small-pipes, double bass and percussion has captivated audiences around the world, from the USA to China and further afield, over the years… 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – If It Chance

Sounds of St Cecilia's – If It Chance

The Scottish guitarist/composer Gordon Ferries returns to St Cecilia’s with tenor Stuart Mitchell, performing Ferries’ new songs from A Shropshire Lad and from poems by Byron and Shelley… 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Pamela Jackson Concert

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Pamela Jackson Concert

At the turn of the 16th century, the first music ever to be printed was published by Ottaviano Petrucci in Venice. Petrucci printed some of the most popular chansons from across Europe by the most famous composers of the day, including Josquin des Prez, Alexander Agricola and Henrich Isaac, and served as inspiration for the first printed lute books by Francesco Spinacino… 

Viol Rackett Show

Viol Rackett Show

The Edinburgh Renaissance Band are joined by Polyhymnia Dancers in the ever-popular Viol Rackett Show, with a fresh programme for 2019 of music, song and dance from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance… 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Masters of the Concerto

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Masters of the Concerto

The accomplished and versatile team of Anthony Robson, Gerry McDonald and John Kitchen present a programme of virtuoso concertos in miniature by five undisputed masters of the genre: Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann and Corelli… 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Handel Revenged

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Handel Revenged

Handel was famous for making unauthorised quotations of musical material from other composers in his own works. Gottlieb Muffat (1690-1770) responded by “improving” Handel’s Eight Great Suites and making revisions to the great master’s works. 

Classical Pipe Music – Scotland's Hidden Treasure

Classical Pipe Music – Scotland's Hidden Treasure

In this concert you will hear a wide variety of piobaireachd (pronounced approximately ‘pee-broch’), the classical music of the great Highland bagpipe, Scotland’s national instrument… 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Sir Nicholas Shackleton Concert

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Sir Nicholas Shackleton Concert

This year’s Shackleton memorial concert, featuring horn player Andy Saunders playing the Courtois horn from circa 1840. The programme will include the Horn Trio by Brahms. This concert is generously sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, in memory of Sir Nicholas Shackleton. 

Highlight Tours of St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room and Music Museum

Highlight Tours of St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room and Music Museum

Join our curators, conservator and volunteers on special highlight tours of St Cecilia’s Hall, Scotland’s oldest concert hall and home of the University of Edinburgh’s world renowned musical instrument collection… 

Scottish Music Old and New

Scottish Music Old and New

The Whistlebinkies' rich blending of the tones and rhythms of fiddles, flute, concertina, clarsach, lowland pipes, Scottish smallpipes, doublebass and percussion has captivated audiences from the USA to China... 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Les Goûts Réunis

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Les Goûts Réunis

The French and Italian styles compared and contrasted by Francois Couperin, JS Bach and Telemann. Anthony Robson and Gerry McDonald (oboe and recorder) and John Kitchen playing the 1755 Baillon Harpsichord. 

Sounds of St Cecilias – Time Stands Still

Sounds of St Cecilias – Time Stands Still

Music by 17th-century composer John Dowland for lute, soprano and viol. Lutenist Gordon Ferries, playing a copy of 1693 Sixtus Rauwold lute made by Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet, is joined by soprano Carla Chiappa and violist Mark Summers. 

Classical Pipe Music – Scotland's Hidden Treasure

Classical Pipe Music – Scotland's Hidden Treasure

This is a chance to hear some of the finest exponents of classical pipe music, or piobaireachd (pronounced peebroch). Some of this music is 400 years old but there are modern tunes written in the ancient style too... 

Edinburgh Renaissance Band's Viol Rackett Show

Edinburgh Renaissance Band's Viol Rackett Show

The Edinburgh Renaissance Band are joined by Polyhymnia Dancers in the ever-popular Viol Rackett Show, our best-loved programme of music, song and dance from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance... 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – From Virgin to Queen

Sounds of St Cecilia's – From Virgin to Queen

Catalina Vicens presents keyboard music for and around women in 16th and 17th-century Italy and England – works by Cara, Tromboncino, Valente, Byrd, Bull, Gibbons and others, using three appropriate instruments* from the museum collection... 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Pamela Jackson Memorial Concert

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Pamela Jackson Memorial Concert

David Gerrard, the soloist and doctoral student, plays music by JS Bach, favourite composer of the late chairman of the Friends, and by his French contemporary Antoine Forqueray, on the 1763 Hass clavichord and the 1769 Taskin harpsichord*... 

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Sir Nicholas Shackleton Memorial Concert

Sounds of St Cecilia's – Sir Nicholas Shackleton Memorial Concert

Emily Worthington, clarinettist and musicologist, presents 19th-century chamber music on historical clarinets from the world-class Sir Nicholas Shackleton Collection,* accompanied on the fortepiano... 

Mozart Arranged

Mozart Arranged

As inspirational as she is insightful, British violinist Rachel Podger is famed for both the power and poetry of her period performances, and has led many of the world’s finest early music groups... 

Guitars at St Cecilia's: Two

Guitars at St Cecilia's: Two

Nature, love and life: a programme of 19th-century art song devised by Stephen Morrison (guitar) and Jenny Nex (soprano) who bring an impassioned immediacy to performance of works by Schubert, Beethoven and Keller, and Italian contemporaries Ferrari and Giuliani... 

Fortepiano Trios

Fortepiano Trios

One of today’s most exciting and inspirational fortepianists, Kristian Bezuidenhout is celebrated for the crisp precision and eager energy of his performances. He is joined by two exceptional soloists – Japanese-born violinist Shunske Sato and eminent British cellist and conductor Jonathan Cohen – for music by three giants of the Classical era. 

Edinburgh Renaissance Band: Passion and Manners – 16th Century Dance workshop

Edinburgh Renaissance Band: Passion and Manners – 16th Century Dance workshop

This workshop is suitable for anyone looking for a fun afternoon of unfamiliar dances, while still providing challenges for experienced dancers. Led by early dance specialist Robin Benie (Regency Waltz, BBC4 with Lucy Worsley) and joined by Edinburgh Renaissance Band plus Polyhymnia in costume... 

Keyboards at St Cecilia's: Three

Keyboards at St Cecilia's: Three

For His Lordship's entertainment: In August 1717, Handel joined Lord Carnarvon's household as what we would now call composer in residence at Cannons where Johann Christoph Pepusch (b... 

Richard Egarr

Richard Egarr

Renowned keyboard player and conductor Richard Egarr is one of the UK’s most compelling musicians – and, as music director of the Academy of Ancient Music, also one of the country’s most piercing intellects on historical performance... 

Keyboards at St Cecilia's: Two

Keyboards at St Cecilia's: Two

Passionate international artist Martyna Kazmierczak has swiftly earned a specialist reputation for historical keyboard performance, mastering instruments from the 16th century through the Viennese klavier to late romantic grand pianos... 

Mahan Esfahani

Mahan Esfahani

One of early music’s starriest names, Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani is also one of its most compelling musicians. He has charmed and captivated audiences worldwide with his bristling musical intellect, as well as the astonishing technical brilliance of his playing... 

Guitars at St Cecilia's: One

Guitars at St Cecilia's: One

Scottish early guitar/lute specialist and composer Gordon Ferries plays solos by the great 19th-century guitarist/composer Mauro Giuliani including Le Bouquet Emblematique (where each beautiful piece represents a different flower); popular Handel arrangements (Harmonious Blacksmith); and melodic Airs Irlondois Nationales... 

Schubertiade

Schubertiade

The touching, effortlessly melodious music of Franz Schubert first gained fame at informal gatherings in 19th-century Vienna – evenings of song, instrumental music, even poetry and dance: the Schubertiade... 

Keyboards At St Cecilia's: One

Keyboards At St Cecilia's: One

Inaugurating the Friends of St Cecilia's 2017 Fringe season in the stunningly refurbished concert hall on Niddry Street, John Kitchen and David Gerrard will demonstrate the flamboyant richness of German and French repertoire for harpsichord duo... 

The Edinburgh Musical Society

The Edinburgh Musical Society

Vibrant Scottish early music group Ensemble Marsyas under dynamic director Peter Whelan has fast made its name with thrilling, captivating music making since its founding in 2011. The Ensemble recreates an Edinburgh concert from the late 18th century to launch the International Festival’s special St Cecilia’s Hall concerts... 

St Cecilia's Hall and Museum of Music

St Cecilia's Hall and Museum of Music

Originally opened in 1763, St Cecilia’s Hall is the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland. It is the only place in the world where it's possible to hear 18th-century music in an 18th-century concert hall played on 18th-century instruments... 

Piano Music of Erik Satie

Piano Music of Erik Satie

In the surrounds of St Cecilia’s Hall, my view of pianist Peter Bream is through a glass case displaying a set of tartan-clad bagpipes.Bream presents an hour of music by composer Satie and the performance is unbroken, with each piece flowing from the next with nothing but some small pauses between... 

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 4

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 4

'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... 

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 3

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 3

Ksenia Semenova, winner of the 2013 Volkonsky International Harpsichord Competition in Moscow, makes her St Cecilia's debut in a bravura recital of major keyboard works. After contrasting JS Bach's Partita BWV 828 in D major with his dramatic Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, she will present a Handel Suite in an embellished version by Gottlieb Muffat... 

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 2

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 2

With their customary inventiveness Gerard McDonald (baroque woodwind) and John Kitchen (harpsichord) have developed a stimulating new programme to gratify their followers. As theme, they highlight the 300th anniversary of the first appearance in Handel's London of three virtuoso Italian performer-composers: Geminiani, Barsanti and Veracini... 

Building the City of Light

Building the City of Light

After last year's sell-out shows as a duo with Steve Rutherford, and playing guitar on Sydney Carter's songs and poems with Gordon Funky Socks choir, Mark returns to the Fringe with a show highlighting his songwriting and musical collaborations... 

Guitars at St Cecilia's

Guitars at St Cecilia's

From diverse backgrounds (Scotland and North America), Gordon Ferries and Stephen Morrison have separately built sterling reputations as baroque and classical guitarists. For the first time they combine their talents to create a rich programme illustrating the complex sonorities of historic instruments... 

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 1

Harpsichords at St Cecilia's 1

In his welcome return to St Cecilia's Fringe series John Kitchen demonstrates the appealing tonal qualities of the 1678 virginal by Guarracino, from the Mirrey collection. Renowned for his outstanding keyboard artistry, Kitchen creates a uniquely rewarding recital, bringing this beautiful instrument to the attention of early music lovers in a programme which will also entrance more general concertgoers... 

Edinburgh Renaissance Band's Viol Rackett Show

Edinburgh Renaissance Band's Viol Rackett Show

Edinburgh Renaissance Band returns with its ever-popular Viol Rackett Show, our best-loved programme of music, song and dance from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The 13 strong troupe of musicians are joined by the authentically costumed Edinburgh Early Dancers and Shropshire based Polyhymnia... 

Foakies

Foakies

Founded by singer/songwriters, Tom Fairnie and Mark Barnett, Foakies remains one of Edinburgh's most prestigious singer/songwriter and poetry evenings. It continues to provide a platform for a host of contemporary songwriters and poets, from the famous to the unknown, from writers steeped in the tradition to the stunningly original...