Happy New Year!

A violin and book on a tartan blanket with Christmas decorations

Ring in the New Year bells at one of our fantastic Hogmanay events.

On Saturday 30 December, the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra holds their annual Hogmanay celebration as a farewell to 2023. Performing a magical evening of Scottish music, they promise a celebration of lively, toe-tapping jigs and reels and poignant slow airs, mixed with a sprinkling of well-known songs and pipe music. 

On New Years Day, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Viennese New Year Concert offers a tempting selection of musical confections to enthral and delight – from the rich musical flavours of Rožeň’s homeland, in the form of Dvořák’s delicious dance-hall Prague Waltzes, to exquisite tidbits from Hungary and Germany. Brilliant British soprano Jennifer France brings her silvery vocal sparkle to showpieces by Lehár and Zeller, as well as Richard Strauss’s touching love song Amor.

Finally, as part of a long-treasured Edinburgh tradition to welcome the New Year, The Edinburgh Royal Choral Union will perform Handel’s Messiah for the 136th time; conducted by Chorus Director Michael Bawtree.