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Rsno Mihaela Bodlovic Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing Mahler's Seventh Symphony in August 2020. Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

My Light Shines On: Mahler & Lieder with RSNO & Karen Cargill

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Scottish mezzo soprano Karen Cargill joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård for an uplifting programme of Mahler. 

As a part of My Light Shines On, the Edinburgh International Festival has commissioned some of Scotland’s major national artistic companies to create extraordinary works that audiences can enjoy from their own homes. In a tribute to the enduring spirit of our Festival City, they bring light and life to sites that must stay empty this year. These unique performances for film reflect on what it means to keep a hopeful light burning in dark times. 

You can watch now the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and other films as part of My Light Shines On on the Edinburgh International Festival's YouTube channel.


From the solemnity of its opening, to the atmospheric Night Music movements and its joyous conclusion, Mahler’s Seventh Symphony takes us on a journey from fading dusk to a bright new day. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra perform Klaus Simon’s arrangement for chamber orchestra. They are led by Music Director Thomas Søndergård making his International Festival debut.  

Orchestra and conductor are joined by celebrated Scottish mezzo soprano Karen Cargill for three of Mahler’s wistful Rückert-Lieder. Cargill is a regular presence on prestigious opera stages the world over, a Kathleen Ferrier Award-winner and a firm favourite with International Festival audiences thanks to performances including 2019’s Götterdämmerung. Her recent recording of lieder by Alma and Gustav Mahler has been widely acclaimed, making her the perfect choice for this rich programme of Mahler and celebration of Festival legacy. 

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Thomas Søndergård Music Director 

Karen Cargill Mezzo Soprano

Mahler Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft, Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder & ch bin der Welt abhanden gekommen from Rückert Lieder
Mahler Symphony No.7 (arr Klaus Simon) 

Matt Parkin Director 
Calum Wyllie Script Supervisor 
Jack Hunter & Nick Harding Camera Operators 
Hedd Morfett-Jones Engineering Manager 
Clyde Wallbanks Editor 
Philip Hobbs Audio Producer 
Julia Thomas Audio Editor 
Sam McErlean Audio Technician  

Symphony No.7 by Gustav Mahler
Arrange for chamber orchestra by Klaus Simon
By permission of Universal Edition E.G. Wien

8-31 August 2020

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.