Outstanding classical music across Scotland

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  • A group of musicians taking part in the East Neuk Festival
    The East Neuk Festival
  • The exterior of the Perth Concert Hall, Perth
    Perth Concert Hall
  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra photographed at City Halls, Glasgow © Chris Christodoulou
    The Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Outside the Usher Hall during the International Festival, Edinburgh
    The Usher Hall during the Edinburgh International Festival

Classical music in Scotland is thriving, with wonderful concert halls and theatres offering inspiring musical performances. Come and experience the vibrancy of Scotland’s classical music scene.

Catch a world-class performance across the country by four of Scotland’s national performing arts companies, Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Ballet. From Beethoven to Beamish, Mozart to MacMillan, they delight audiences with well established masterpieces and groundbreaking new works.

Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music with a great selection of concerts held every week. Enjoy a performance at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall or City Halls, home of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, or a night at the ballet or opera at the Theatre Royal.

Edinburgh’s Usher Hall hosts a glittering array of classical events and is one of the major venues of the Edinburgh International Festival, attracting thousands of visitors from home and abroad to the city each year. The Queen’s Hall offers an eclectic mix of musical events, from full scale orchestral concerts to more intimate solo or quartet performances.

The Music Hall in Aberdeen, Eden Court in Inverness and the country’s newest venue, Perth Concert Hall, also hold regular classical concerts throughout the year.

In the summer, head to the East Neuk Festival in Fife and the St Magnus Festival in Orkney for a celebration of classical music and artistic activity from around the world.

Scotland is also home to several leading composers including James MacMillan, Sally Beamish, Lyell Cresswell and the Queen’s own composer, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, all of whom regularly collaborate with the Scottish orchestras.

With so much classical music on offer, make sure you embrace it during your time in Scotland.

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