The home of Hearts football club will host a free family-friendly event for lovers of film musical scores.

Tynecastle stadium will stage the concert by world-leading orchestra the LA Phil to open the Edinburgh International Festival next Friday, August 2.

The event will see the legendary Gustavo Dudamel conducting Hollywood’s biggest film scores, including the Harry Potter series, Star Wars and Casablanca.

Edinburgh International Festival’s community engagement programme includes Gorgie’s very own Walk of Fame celebrating local children’s talents.

The final wave of tickets for the completely free 15,000 capacity Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle are available from today via

Due to an earlier start time, informal environment, world-famous and widely accessible musical programme, and significant capacity, the concert is expected to attract a mix of families, music lovers, and first-time classical music audiences. 

To accompany this world-class event, the Festival’s Learning and Engagement team has devised an ambitious community engagement programme. It saw the team working with local community groups and primary schools to help break down the barriers to attend the concert and engage with the event.

Through one project in Gorgie and Dalry, local primary school pupils had the opportunity to design their own stars in the style of those in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, each celebrating the individual children’s talents. These will be unveiled in Tynecastle Stadium’s concourse on 2 August. Gustavo Dudamel himself has a Walk of Fame star which was unveiled in January 2019 in the presence of composer John Williams.

The photo marks the final release of tickets for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event at Tynecastle Stadium, home of the Hearts football team. Jessica Cunningham and Annie Clark (both 9 years old) of Craiglockhart Primary School are joined by Gary Locke, a former star of Hearts football team who, as the club captain, won the 1997-1998 Scottish Cup. Gary is also the Heart of Midlothian FC Club Ambassador.