Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård

Mendelssohn’s bewitching A Midsummer Night’s Dream is performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, narrated by Harriet Walter.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård

About Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård

Mendelssohn’s magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture – composed when he was just 17 – is one of classical music’s best-known and most-loved pieces. Decades later, the composer returned to Shakespeare’s land of fairies, villagers and young lovers to compose incidental music for the entire play. Not surprisingly, it went down as one of his most radiant successes.

Seldom performed in its entirety, this is your rare opportunity to discover Mendelssohn’s evocations of Shakespeare’s most magical play – in the company of one of Scotland’s most vibrant musical partnerships.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is famed for its brilliant, vivid sense of storytelling in music – giving unforgettable performances in Wagner’s Ring cycle at the International Festival in recent years, as well as a revelatory Mahler Seventh Symphony with Music Director Thomas Søndergård as part of last year’s My Light Shines On online events.

Join Søndergård and his RSNO musicians, together with voices from the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and Chorus Director Aidan Oliver, to explore Mendelssohn’s bewitching musical conjuring of the Bard’s fairies, spells, rude mechanicals and swaggering royals.


Location: Edinburgh Academy Junior School, 10 Arboretum Rd, Edinburgh EH3 5PL

Experience the magic of outdoor evening performances in the scenic grounds of Edinburgh Academy Junior School.

Our outdoor venues are covered, but you should come dressed appropriately for the weather, including suitable footwear for walking across grass.

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