Old Images of the Edinburgh Festival

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Glimpse the past through these old images of the Edinburgh Festival.

Edinburgh Festival 1950

Silent film footage which includes views of the buildings and streets of the City of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Festival (1950) – British Pathé on YouTube

Newsreel 1951

In 1951, besides films there were four drama companies and three choirs.

This newsreel includes

  • Sir Adrian Boult
  • Dame Myra Hess
  • Leon Goossens
  • Ida Hendel
  • Mildred Miller
  • Owen Brannigan
  • Glasgow Orpheous Girls Choir

Edinburgh Festival (1951) – British Pathé on YouTube

13th Ediburgh Festival 1959

Also Highland Games as Murrayfield.

Edinburgh Festival – Special (1959) – British Pathé on YouTube

Edinburgh Festival 1960

Along with an actor getting accidentally hit on the head by a plank manhandled by an angry stage hand, this newsreel includes

  • Lord Provost & other dignitaries
  • Gina Scala
  • Don Barnet
  • Curt Jurgens
  • Adrian Brine, theatre director and producer
  • Callum Mill, theatre director
  • Svetlana Beriosova
  • Donald Macleary

Edinburgh Festival (1960) – British Pathé on YouTube

Benjamin Britten 1963

Among the scenes of tourists and performers, the individuals appearing in this 1963 newreel include:

  • Lord Harewood, Festival’s Artistic Director
  • Benjamin Britten, world famous composer
  • Mr Duncan Weatherstone, Lord Provost of Edinburgh
  • Mr Philip Rawson
  • Dr Menon
  • George Malcolm
  • Balasaraswati, famous Indian dancer
  • Larry Adler
  • John Ogden, pianist
  • Jehudi Menuhin, world famous violinist
  • Hephzibah Menuhin, Jehudin’s sister and pianist

Edinburgh Festival – Technicolor (1963) – British Pathé on YouTube

American Tourists 1965

Even in 1965, the Edinburgh Festival was attracting many American visitors.

This newsreel includes

  • Mr and Mrs Hummel from Washington D.C.
  • Mrs Mary Sowell from Arkansas
  • Bob Buchanan

Edinburgh Festival (1965) – British Pathé on YouTube

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