The Edinburgh International Festival got off to a mesmerising start last night, as the Usher Hall was lit up for an innovative event called The Harmonium Project.
Over 19,000 onlookers crammed into Festival Square across Lothian Road from the iconic venue to watch the outdoor spectacular, which celebrated 50 years of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
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A series of artworks were projected onto the building as John Adams’ choral work Harmonium was played.
The music was recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, conducted by Peter Oundjian.
The Festival runs until Monday August 31 with more than 2,300 artists from 39 nations performing.
More spectacular photos and video of the event:
— Brian Ferguson (@brianjaffa) August 8, 2015
— Creative Scotland (@CreativeScots) August 7, 2015
— Edinburgh Festivals (@edfests) August 7, 2015
— Stopgap Dance Co. (@Stopgapdance) August 8, 2015
— Eoin Carey (@eoin_carey) August 8, 2015
Main image: Ian Rutherford
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