As Scotland’s capital and the world’s Festival City, Edinburgh is a constant source of inspiration for what we do at the International Festival. With its incredible history and outstanding beauty, Edinburgh International Festival started on 2 August 2019 alongsidefive other official festivals. On Friday 2 August, the 2019 International Festival began with the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle. The LA Phil with Gustavo Dudamel brought us a brilliant authentic gleam and glamour to the grandeur of Hollywood film scores in this year’s Opening Event, featuring classic movie music from the Golden Age of Hollywood by Korngold, Herrmann, Waxman and a selection from the best-loved film composer on the planet: John Williams. In this epic family friendly concert, Gustavo Dudamel and his orchestra take over Tynecastle Park stadium for music from Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, E.T. and many more.
YOLA National also joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra on stage for two songs while maestro Gustavo Dudamel gave a shout out to Scotland's own Big Noise project. YOLA is the LA Phil’s youth orchestra programme for underserved communities throughout Los Angeles. A group of YOLA musicians travels with the LA Phil as part of its International Festival residency, to spend time with Scotland’s Big Noise, a music programme that changes lives by fostering confidence, discipline and teamwork in the young people taking part. Sistema Scotland is a charity committed to transforming lives through its Big Noise programme. Their inspirational musicians work with over 2,500 children in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities to develop their self-esteem, teamwork, pride and aspiration by learning an instrument and playing together in a community-based orchestra. Both organisations have a close association with Gustavo Dudamel. This free ticketed open rehearsal will be led by Gustavo Dudamel. It was so inspiring to see and listen the teenagers that were part of the event. The event was an absolutely amazing experience.