International Festival sounds citywide Fanfare

Go for a stroll on Sunday 23 August and you might just find yourself in the midst of Edinburgh International Festival’s free Fanfare event. The Festival has joined forces with the Scottish Band Association to present a dozen simultaneous brass band performances at locations across the city.


Following the route of the Water of Leith walkway, Fanfare will consist of 12 outdoor performances by Scottish brass bands performing repertoires at 12pm, 3pm and 5pm, in 12 different locations along the walkway. The bands will all play the same music at the same time, meaning attendees can travel along the pathway while the music continues from one place to the next.

There will be music from Mahler, Elgar and Burns as well as some more unusual brassy renditions of popular music by Kraftwerk, Joy Division and even Let It Go, Disney's signature song from the film, Frozen.

Edinburgh International Festival Director, Fergus Linehan, said:

The Festival has been entertaining Edinburgh audiences since 1947, taking over the city centre’s grand established theatre venues and concert halls.
Fanfare is an opportunity for us to further explore this beautiful city, using its natural landscapes and share the Festival experience with a wider audience.

Created as part of the Festival’s Creative Learning Projects, Fanfare aims to get the whole community involved by inviting everyone in the city to experience the music alongside the beauty of the Water of Leith.

Sally Hobson, Head of Creative Learning said:

Settled within the many natural amphitheatres along the Waters of Leith, Fanfare offers a genuine opportunity for audiences to engage collectively with an eclectic range of music at several points throughout the day.
Knowing that many people along the route from Balerno to Leith will be listening to the same music will add a real sense of city-wide community involvement.

For more information on venues and bands taking part in Fanfare, please visit

Image: Members of the Whitburn and Bathgate Brass Bands with EIF Director, Fergus Linehan (credit: Stuart Armitt/Edinburgh International Festival 2015)

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