Scotland

Festival tribute to former director Lord Harewood

A former director of the Edinburgh International Festival is to have a performance dedicated to him.

Lord Harewood, who died in July, was in charge of the festival from 1961 to 1965.

A performance of Thaïs at the Usher Hall on Thursday will celebrate his contribution to the festival.

Current director Jonathan Mills said: "Thais was one of his very favourite works and so we have chosen this performance to celebrate his life."

Massenet's opera Thais is a portrait of romantic and religious love.

Erin Wall and Quinn Kelsey take the lead roles alongside a distinguished cast under conductor Sir Andrew Davis.

The Edinburgh Festival Chorus, which was founded towards the end of Lord Harewood's period as festival director, will join the celebration of his life.