St Giles' Cathedral

St Giles' Cathedral
Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
  • Box office 0131 226 0673
  • General enquiries 0131 225 9442
  • Opening times Oct–Apr: Mon–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 1–5pm. May–Sept: Mon–Fri 9am–7pm; Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 1–5pm.
  • Website www.stgilescathedral.org.uk
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Dominating the Royal Mile, St Giles’ Cathedral has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for approximately 900 years. It is home to some of the best stained glass windows in Scotland, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, and hosts regular choral and organ performances. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, this church has witnessed executions, riots and celebrations.

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Bach - Violin Concertos By Candlelight, Friday 6 October, Edinburgh

St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh Mozart – Divertimento in F Albinoni – Oboe Concerto in D minor Bach – Concerto for Violin & Oboe in C minor Mozart – Oboe Quartet in F Bach – Violin Concerto in E major Ben Norris - Guest Director/Violin LONDON CONCERTANTE

Fri 6 Oct

£19–£28 / 0131 226 0673

Bloomington & Skaneatles Choirs

Presbyterian church choirs from the UK, Bloomington (Illinois) and Skaneatles (New York).

Wed 7 Jun

Free / 0131 226 0673

  • 12:15 – 13:00

Brahms's Requiem by Candlelight

National Youth Choir of Scotland One of his most popular and awe-inspiring works, Brahms's Requiem provides a universally humanistic vision of comfort and hope. Responsible for making the composer an international name, this masterpiece is one of the finest examples of choral writing. The soprano solo, written…

Sat 12 Aug

Cathedral

£15 (£12) / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Celebrity Organ Recitals 2017 – 1

Michael Harris Michael Harris celebrates the 25th anniversary of the world-renowned Rieger organ with music by Bach, and Franz Liszt's monumental Fantasia on Ad nos, ad salutarem undam. Enjoy a feast of dazzling sound.

Wed 2 Aug

Cathedral

£8 (£5) / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Celebrity Organ Recitals 2017 – 2

Gordon Stewart Renowned concert organist Gordon Stewart celebrates the 25th anniversary of the world-famous Rieger organ with a colourful programme of music from JS Bach to Paul Halley, Andrew Carter and David Bednall. Enjoy a stunning cornucopia of sound.

Wed 9 Aug

Cathedral

£8 / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Celebrity Organ Recitals 2017 – 3

Paul Ayres Experience the power and glory of the Rieger organ in St Giles’ Cathedral in the hands of renowned recitalist Paul Ayres; a kaleidoscopic display of organ colours.

Wed 16 Aug

Cathedral

£8 / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Celebrity Organ Recitals 2017 – 4

Peter Backhouse Peter Backhouse, Assistant Organist of St Giles’ Cathedral, puts the renowned Rieger organ through its paces in its 25th anniversary year with a feast of dazzling sound. Music by JS Bach, Francis Jackson and Franck.

Wed 23 Aug

Cathedral

£8 / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Choral Celebration

St Giles' Cathedral Choir St Giles’ Cathedral Choir, directed by Michael Harris, with Peter Backhouse (organ) in a concert featuring glorious choral music. Handel coronation anthems and music by Elgar, Walton and Finzi.

Mon 14 Aug

Cathedral

£12 (£10) / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Cuba/Brazil: Solo Piano Recital by Cuban Pianist Marcos Madrigal

Pianist Marcos Madrigal Marcos Madrigal is one of Cuba's best young concert pianists. He has won many international prizes and appears for the first time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With a busy international career, he has performed in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in many of the most renowned concert…

Fri 4 Aug

Cathedral

Free / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Echoes and Traces

Cappella Nova Echoes and Traces presents eight new choral works, developed in response to one of Scotland's oldest pieces of music, a 900-year-old plain-song fragment from Orkney that celebrates St Magnus: Nobilis Humilis. The new works are written by eight of Scotland's most eminent composers: Sally Beamish, Rory…

Thu 24 Aug

Cathedral

£15 (£12) / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 25 Aug

Cathedral

£15 (£12) / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ensemble Kla_Vier: Four Men, Four Pianos

Ensemble Kla_Vier The future of classical piano is here! With cutting-edge virtuosity and sleek elegance, this four piano, eight hands ensemble from South Korea blends Beethoven and Chopin seamlessly with the traditional and contemporary sounds of their nation. Classically trained since young ages in Europe, these four…

Tue 8 Aug

Cathedral

Free / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 9 Aug

Cathedral

Free / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 10 Aug

Cathedral

Free / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

From Havana to Buenos Aires: Cuban Classics

Ann Liebeck Soprano and Marcos Madrigal Piano Marcos Madrigal, Cuba's most exciting young concert pianist, appears with opera singer Ann Liebeck in a programme of Latin American classical songs, opera arias and virtuoso piano music. They will perform art songs by Cuba's answer to George Gershwin, Ernesto Lecuona…

Sat 5 Aug

Cathedral

Free / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Kingston University Brass Ensemble

Kingston University Launched in the mid 1960s, the Kingston University Brass Ensemble is our longest running ensemble and includes staff, students and alumni. For the ensemble’s first visit to the Fringe, the programme for their performance in the wonderful setting of St Giles Cathedral will include Fantasia by Jerome…

Fri 11 Aug

Cathedral

Free / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

London Concertante: Brandenburg Concertos by Candlelight

The chamber orchestra presents Bach's masterpieces by candlelight.

Fri 26 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 226 0673

Music at Lunchtime

St Giles' Cathedral Visit St Giles’ Cathedral and enjoy a relaxed musical concert from performers from all over the world in a unique and beautiful historical setting.

Fri 4 Aug

Cathedral

Free / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Cathedral

Free / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 7 Aug

Cathedral

Free / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 28 Aug

Music at Lunchtime

St Giles' Cathedral hosts semi-regular lunchtime concerts featuring visiting artists.

Sat 27 May

Free / 0131 226 0673

  • 12:15

Wed 31 May

Free / 0131 226 0673

Mississippi University for Women Chamber Singers.

  • 12:15

Fri 2 Jun

Free / 0131 226 0673

Clouds Harp Quartet.

  • 12:15
…and 14 more dates until 30 Jun

On Wings of Song

NYCoS National Girls Choir The acclaimed NYCoS National Girls Choir, chosen from Scotland's best young female singing talent, will bring classical and contemporary music to Edinburgh Festival Fringe, demonstrating a freshness of voice and unrivalled diction that receives consistent praise. Set in the striking…

Sat 12 Aug

Cathedral

£12 (£10) / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

St Giles' After Dark

St Giles' Cathedral Choir Returning after their first immensely popular After Dark outing last year, the multi-talented Cathedral Choir singers return with another sparkling cocktail of decidedly non-sacred show tunes and cabaret songs from Cole Porter to Sondheim with lots more fun in between. Unreserved seating. Some…

Fri 18 Aug

Cathedral

£10 / 0131 226 0673

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Viennese Christmas By Candlelight - Fri 1 Dec, Edinburgh

St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh VIENNESE CHRISTMAS by Candlelight Strauss - Tales from the Vienna Woods Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5 Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite Schubert - Rondo for Violin & Strings Strauss - Trisch-trasch polka Tchaikovsky - Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty” Strauss…

Fri 1 Dec

£19–£28 / 0131 226 0673

Viennese Christmas By Candlelight - Sat 2 Dec, Edinburgh

St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh VIENNESE CHRISTMAS by Candlelight Strauss - Tales from the Vienna Woods Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5 Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite Schubert - Rondo for Violin & Strings Strauss - Trisch-trasch polka Tchaikovsky - Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty” Strauss…

Sat 2 Dec

£19–£28 / 0131 226 0673

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons By Candlelight, Saturday 18 November, Edinburgh

St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh Mendelssohn – String Symphony No. 10 Elgar – Serenade for Strings Rossini – String Sonata No. 2 Vivaldi – The Four Seasons Ben Norris - Guest Director/Violin LONDON CONCERTANTE

Sat 18 Nov

£19–£28 / 0131 226 0673

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