St Magnus International Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomScotland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Kirkwall, Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK
Festival Contact Information

St Magnus International Festival
60 Victoria Street
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
KW15 1DN Scotland UK
Phone: +44 (0)1856 871445

Festival Description

As one of the leading festivals in the UK and celebrating its 37th year in 2013, the prestigious St Magnus International Festival brings international orchestras, recitalists, theatre and literature to the Orkney Islands for a week around midsummer and is renowned for its unique blend of world-class performance and community participation. The Festival attracts capacity audiences from across the UK and beyond to events held in Kirkwall’s magnificent medieval St Magnus Cathedral, the Italian Chapel and other venues across the islands. The 2013 Festival will see a summer celebration of folk tales, myths and legends coming to Orkney with symphony orchestra, ensembles, music theatre, cabaret opera and burlesque. 2013 also sees a celebration of the life of the Orcadian explorer John Rae. Interwoven with the Festival there are courses for young professional composers, conductors, singers and writers with participants drawn from all over the world and open sessions for festival goers to watch.

Most Festival events take place in Kirkwall or Stromness, which are 15 miles apart. On weekdays and Saturdays there is a regular day-time bus service (details from the Tourist Information Centres in Kirkwall or Stromness). On Festival Sunday, transport to and from Stromness is provided.

Festival Dates June 20 - 28, 2013
Festival Links

Other Sources:

  • St Magnus International Festival, by Morag MacInnes (Northings June 29, 2012)
  • St Magnus International Festival, by Catherine Turnbull (Northings, June 24, 2011)
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Practical Info:

  • Tickets may be purchased online from 10:00am 29 April 2013
  • By mail, in person, by phone, by fax:
    • St Magnus International Festival
      60 Victoria Street
      Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1DN
      By phone +44 (0) 1856 871445
      By fax +44 (0) 1856 871170
  • Box Office opening hours:
    • April 29 to May 4 and June 17 to 25, Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
    • May 6 to June 15, Monday-Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Festival benefactors, Patrons and Friends receive priority booking in advance of these dates. Please contact the Festival Office for details on how to become a Festival Supporter.
  • By air
    • From Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness on Flybe
    • Online at
  • By phone
    • 0871 700 2000 (within UK)
    • +44 (0)1392 683152 (outside UK)
  • By train (Serving Aberdeen)
    • Online at
    • By phone +44 08457 484950
  • By ferry for vehicles and foot passengers
    • Depart from Aberdeen (six hour trip)
    • Depart from Scrabster (90 minute trip)
    • Online at
    • By phone +44 (0)845 600 0449
  • Depart from Gill’s Bay (one hour trip)
    • Online at
      By phone +44 (0)800 688 8998
  • By ferry for foot passengers only
    • Depart from John O’Groats (40 minute trip)
    • Online at
    • By phone +44 (0)1955 611353
  • Information one at


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