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Edinburgh International Festival

4th to 28th August

If the BBC Proms is all-consuming, then Edinburgh is a carefully curated selection of highlights. The concerts balance much-loved local ensembles like the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (below) and the Dunedin Consort, with starry visiting musicians. Piano music is well served this year, with appearances from the mercurial Russian virtuoso Mikhail Pletnev, and the eloquent Andreas Haefliger. Don’t miss Ivan Fischer’s characterful Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic, who bring Norway’s most famous piano concerto (Grieg’s passionate A minor concerto) with them. Lovers of vocal music will enjoy two of the world’s greatest basses: Bryn Terfel and René Pape.

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In Prospect’s August issue: Adam Tooze, Helen Thompson, Ben Chu, Julian Baggini, Tom Clark and Hepzibah Anderson reveal the secret history of the banking crisis and its impact over the last decade. Tooze examines the secret history itself, suggesting the work done to repair the world’s finances could mean another crisis is just around the corner. Chu asks why more people at the top of the banks that failed haven’t faced more serious repercussions, and Anderson shows how post-crash Britain has retreated into cosiness. Elsewhere in the issue Alison Wolf asks whether universities are doing any good, and David Goldblatt explores how the decision to take football off free-to-view television in Argentina could backfire for the government. Also in this issue: Kasia Boddy asks why writers are still addicted to watching boxing despite falling viewing figures, Andrew Dickson profiles Tom Stoppard, Stephen Bush explains how Jeremy Corbyn learned to compromise and David Omand outlines the cyber-security challenges facing the UK and the wider world.