About Community over chaos
Nicola Benedetti, Edinburgh International Festival Director
“The erosion of ‘community’ seemed to be something people liked to talk about when I was growing up.
Since I was a wee girl, I noticed my parents and grown relatives, and even people on TV, lamenting what we were always losing. The glue that held us together: the high street, town halls and public debate; amateur orchestras and local choirs. The list goes on and on. Then came the domination of computers and ultimately smartphones affording us the opportunity to permanently retreat into our own curated world. Now that the subtle trickiness of human interaction can be so easily avoided, what do we imagine to be the future of community?
In pulling this programme into being over the last several months, we have been deeply moved by studying individuals who have dedicated their lives to bringing communities together. Their often quiet and thankless effort and personal sacrifice has gifted so many perfect strangers the chance to feel a part of something meaningful and enduring.
These practices and behaviours have an historic and contemporary tie to the fabric of Scotland, socially and creatively. Our homegrown folk scene has been fought over and fiercely defended for centuries and, in recent history, has grown exponentially. We rightfully pride ourselves in extraordinary citizens like Nigel Osborne, John Wallace, Gillian Moore, Sir James MacMillan, Carolyn Lappin and Maggie Kinloch who have shown us all what it is possible to do for others in a lifetime.
Their stories are local but also universal. And as we celebrate what is born and cultivated in Scotland, we turn to our counterparts from all over the world.
For us, this year’s exploration is just the beginning, and this invitation is simply planting a seed.
We now invite you to peruse, debate, risk, share, listen, give and get.”
List of Events
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham at The Hub
An Afternoon with Geoff Sobelle at The Hub
An Afternoon with Matthew Herbert at The Hub
Artist Conversation: Thrown at The Hub
BBC Scottish Symphony OrchestraWhere do we go from here?
Budapest Festival Orchestra: Bartók & Kodály
Budapest Festival Orchestra: Weber & Mendelssohn
Budapest Festival Orchestra: A Model for the Future
Budapest Festival Orchestra: Dvořák Inside Out
Catriona Morison & Malcolm Martineau
Catriona Price & Friends at The Hub
Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse
Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart
Dunedin Consort plays Bach
Emmanuel Ceysson & Friends
Exploring community over chaos at The Hub
Exploring Mendelssohn at The Hub
First Night at The Hub
Geza & The 5 DeViLs at The Hub
Günther Groissböck & Malcolm Martineau
Jupiter Ensemble & Iestyn Davies
Jupiter Ensemble at The Hub
The Magic Flute: Concert Performance
Mikhail Pletnev plays Chopin
National Youth Choir of Scotland
Novus String Quartet
The Opening Concert: Buddha Passion
Opening Fanfare: GRIT in the Gardens
Opening Fanfare: Scotland Makes Music
Project Smok at The Hub
Siobhan Miller at The Hub
Sir András Schiff
Stefan Jackiw & Friends