French Institute of Scotland – Fete de la musique 2019

Come to the French Institute of Scotland to enjoy Scottish and French artists performing on guitar, piano, accordion, violin, and the turntables for the 38th edition of the fête de la musique!

Created in 1982 the Fête de la musique is now an established tradition in France (and many other places around Europe and the Francophone world) taking place on the 21st of June. On that very special day, every musician – amateur or professional – comes out onto the streets, the squares, and the cafés to perform for free.

With close to 4 hours of singers and songwriters, classical musicians, and DJ/MCs, the Institut français d’Ecosse’s fête de la musique is a fun way to kick off your weekend! This 38th edition will kick off at 6.15pm, with artists starting at 6.30pm.

In addition to our programme, we encourage you to check out what other organisations in Edinburgh have organised by visiting the Fête de la musique’s search tool and the Make Music Day website.

The programme for the evening will proceed as follows*:

  • 6.15pm: Event Opening
  • 6.30pm: James McGinley – Original instrumental guitar
  • 7.00pm: Mark Rogers & Roisin Lavery – French compositions for piano and voice
  • 7.30pm: Duo Radosti – Bach and beyond on accordion & violin
  • 8.00pm: Sylvain Ayité & His Crew – A groovy, heart-thumping world music journey
  • 9.00pm: One S.P. – DJ set

About the Artists

James McGinley is a guitarist and composer of original instrumental pieces for guitar “providing an oasis of calm to help people chill or relax”. In 2018, he was an musician in residence at Studio Faire. His music can be found on his SoundCloud page.

Mark Rogers is a pianist and Roisin Lavery is a soprano, both studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Their programme will feature pieces by celebrated French Romantic and Impressionist composers such as Ravel, Debussy, Fauré, and Duparc.

Duo Radosti is composed of accordionist Sofia Ros Gonzalez and violinist Marie-Sophie Baumgartner, both studying at St. Mary’s Music School. Their programme will feature works by Bach, Scarlatti, Londonov, Kusyakov, Ivanov, Ysaÿe, and Tchaikovsky.

African artist Sylvain Ayité & His Crew (Ramses Mody on bass and Pawel Orzechowski on djembe) will take you on a world music journey in many languages, full of heart-thumping rhythms and passionate grooves.

One S.P. is the original French MC in Edinburgh, having moved here from his native Cannes in 2001 to show the world what French rap is all about! You can listen to his music on BandCamp and SoundCloud. His 60-minute set will close out our fête with a mix of reggae, French hip-hop, and chanson francaise.

Event Details

Fête de la musique 2019
Friday, 21 June 2019 | 6.15 – 10.00 pm
FREE & open to all

Institut français d’Ecosse
Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (first floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and the Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard are accessible with step-free access available at West Parliament Square and George IV Bridge.

Book directly online or contact us at 0131 285 6030 or

IFE Membership and Discount Rates
While this event is free and open to all, the Institut programmes many members only events and offers discounted member rates at other events. Find out more about becoming a member of the Institut français d’Ecosse.


Institut français d\'Écosse, West Parliament Square, Édimbourg, Royaume-Uni

Event Times


    Event Opening
    James McGinley – Original instrumental guitar
    Mark Rogers & Roisin Lavery – French compositions for piano and voice
    Duo Radosti – Bach and beyond on accordion & violin
    Sylvain Ayité & His Crew – A groovy, heart-thumping world music journey
    9.00pm: One S.P. – DJ set
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