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'iconic gem of a festival'
The Scotsman

The 2015 St Magnus International Festival will be built around the core dates of Friday 19 to Wednesday 24 June. The programme will be launched at the beginning of April and this year's resident orchestra will be the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Please check here for more details as they become available.


In the inspirational setting of a northern midsummer and woven into one of the UK's best respected arts festivals, our courses provide a unique opportunity for creators and performers to work together in developing their skills. There are courses for Composers, Conductors and Writers. Sessions are open to the public and the courses culminate in Festival concerts. For more details and to apply click here.

Composers' and Conductors' Course participants and staff
in St Magnus Cathedral 2013

2014 Festival Review
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2014 Festival Features...

The Festival is saddened by news of the death of one of its founders, former Chairman and Honorary Vice-President Archie Bevan. Archie was instrumental in the first meeting between Peter Maxwell Davies and George Mackay Brown which was to provide a source for so much work at the early Festivals. He was also a steady hand through the growth of the Festival in becoming an internationally-known event. Despite failing health, he continued to be a stalwart supporter of Festival events. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth, Peter, Graham and Anne and the rest of his family and friends. 

St Magnus International Festival
is Orkney's midsummer celebration of the arts

Founded in 1977 by a group including Orkney's distinguished resident composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Festival has grown from small beginnings into one of Britain's most highly regarded and adventurous arts events.
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19-24 June 2015

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Rehearsals commence  Monday 23 February for this year's performance with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra... more here


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Download poems from the 2014 Writers Course


Half Told Tales
on Vimeo


Festival 2014 
on Vimeo 

Alan Plater's
Orkney Trilogy

Picture: Murdo Macleod, Guardian
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Contact: St Magnus International Festival, 60 Victoria Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1DN
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