Just a song at twilightBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5038 (Published 16 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5038
- James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
Like me, the Edinburgh International Festival was born in 1947 as a result of the second world war. My parents met during the Allied invasion of Italy. The festival was part of the effort to replace pan-European carnage with something better. Its organiser, Rudolf Bing, had fled Germany in 1934 and helped to found Glyndebourne Festival Opera—now, ironically, perceived as quintessentially English.
Edinburgh still has an international feel during its annual cultural jamboree, though nowadays aesthetes are outnumbered …