To mark the centenary of the First World War, the Edinburgh International Festival
has chosen “Culture and Conflict” as its theme, and features a performance of Britten’s War Requiem
with soloist Toby Spence
as well as recital programmes from soprano Anna Prohaska
(‘Behind the Lines’), Simon Keenlyside
and Malcolm Martineau
(‘Songs of War’) and Ian Bostridge
Askonas Holt artists have a significant presence at this year’s Festival, making no less than 22 appearances over the Festival’s jam-packed and musically diverse three weeks. In addition to the many Askonas Holt singers, instrumentalists and conductors appearing in the city this August, our Tours and Projects Department is also responsible for bringing the Rotterdam Philharmonic with its Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin as well as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to the Festival for three highly anticipated concerts at the Usher Hall.
At the closing concert of this year’s Edinburgh Festival on 30th August, Simon O’Neill will sing in Janacek’s Glagolitic’s Mass and Andrew Staples will sing a world premiere, Sandakan Threnody, by festival director Jonathan Mills.
An overview of the contribution of Askonas Holt artists can be viewed below.
10 August – Brahms Tragic Overture, Schumann Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish, Webern Langsamer Satz and Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat ‘Emperor’ – Lars Vogt, Robin Ticciati & Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Usher Hall
12 August – Ian Bostridge – Discussion with Sir Adam Roberts and Matthew Studdert-Kennedy about Britten’s War Requiem
12 August – Ian Bostridge – Queen’s Hall Recital (Julius Drake, piano)
14 August – Toby Spence – Britten: War Requiem (Philharmonia / Sir Andrew Davis)
15 August – Piotr Anderszewski – Queen’s Hall Recital
18 August – ‘Behind the Lines’ – Anna Prohaska – Queen’s Hall Recital (Eric Schneider, piano)
20 August – ‘Songs of War’ – Simon Keenlyside and Malcolm Martineau -Queen’s Hall Recital
20 August – Sophie Bevan, Sarah Connolly, Benjamin Hulett & Matthew Rose – Haydn: Nelson Mass (Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Philippe Herreweghe)
22 August – Janáček, Korngold & Martinů (Czech Philharmonic / Jirí Bělohlávek)
23 August – Smetana, Dvořák & Janáček (Czech Philharmonic / Jirí Bělohlávek)
24 August – Rebecca Evans – Bernstein: Symphony no. 3 ‘Kaddish’ (RSNO / John Axelrod)
26 August – Sarah Connolly – Gareth Farr: Relict Theories, world premiere (Scottish Ensemble)
29 August – Mahler: Symphony no. 6 (Rotterdam Philharmonic / Yannick Nézet-Séguin)
30 August – Simon O’Neill & Andrew Staples – Jonathan Mills: Sandakan Threnody & Janáček: Glagolitic Mass (BBC Scottish Orchestra / Ilan Volkov)