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A celebration of Sir Jonathan Mills

This week we bid farewell to our current Festival Director Sir Jonathan Mills as his eig

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert - Top Tips

Whether it's your first time at the fireworks or you've been coming for years, have a read of our top tips to help you have an enjoyable experience.

2014 Virgin Money Fireworks Concert infographic

Find out more about what makes the magic of the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert happen in this infographic.

Music by my mentor

By John Axelrod, conductor of Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony with the RSNO.

Six years in a row. Harry Christophers on the Festival

The Sixteen's director, Harry Christophers, discusses returning to the Festival for the sixth year in a row.

Shostakovich and me

Comedian and writer Rob Newman was introduced me to Shostakovich by his mum. He discusses his love before the Nicola Benedetti and friends concert on Monday 11 August. Part of Festival SoundBites, by

Ready, steady, Festival.

Writer Kate Molleson talks about her first Festival as a critic and how she tackles them now. Part of Festival SoundBites, from

Was the Vote the only legacy for women in WW1?

Kate Adie looks back on WW1's substantial legacy for women.

A view from the stage

What's it like sitting in the 'best seats in the house' for the James Plays? Kirsty Dickson fills you in.

Thinking afresh about the music

Philippe Herrweghe was offered an enviable opportunity at this year's Festival: direct the three works he finds most beautiful.

Decadence and freedom in the Weimar Republic

Ute Lemper discusses the music of Kurt Weill and other Weimar composers.

The Commonwealth at the Festival

Check out our interactive map of our Festival 2014 Commonwealth artists.

Extension of spirit

Five years before his death in 1974, American iconoclast Harry Partch wrote to one of his main supporters, the art collector Betty Freeman.

Festival First Timers: Young People

Whether it's your first time or you've been before, the Festival is always exciting...

Filling your Festival diary

Get booking and invite your friends!

Help! What should I see?

Find the shows you will love this summer.