What's On in September 2016
Glinka Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla
Britten Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins Conductor
Anthony Marwood Violin
The rich acoustic of St Mary’s will resound with the Russian splendour of Glinka and Tchaikovsky in this concert conducted by Russian-trained Martyn Brabbins. Britten’s early violin concerto has its own powerfully dark-hued sound, here played by one of its most eloquent and brilliant exponents.
“The radiant intensity of Marwood’s playing had extraordinary emotional power”
Running time 2 hours
The Collegiate Church of St Mary the Virgin is one of the great ecclesiastical buildings of mediaeval Scotland, founded in 1380 and known for centuries as "The Lamp of Lothian".
It was severely damaged in the 16th Century during Henry VIII's 'Rough Wooing' of Scotland, and after the Reformation only the nave was used as a parish church, with the choir and tower remaining roofless.
It was finally restored to its former glory in the 1970s, and is Scotland's longest church as well as one of its most beautiful, with a wonderfully warm, resonant acoustic.
St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington
Several Edinburgh to Haddington routes to the Market Street bus stop. Also Perryman’s 253 service from Edinburgh Bus Station – Berwick, stopping in Haddington. All drop off in the High St, approx. 5-8 mins walk from the church.
Edinburgh to North Berwick service every hour. Nearest station is Drem. Taxi info on station notice board.
Haddington is 20 miles East of Edinburgh along the A1 dual carriageway. Travelling East take the second exit to Haddington – St Mary’s is signposted from the main road. Look to the South, and you will see the old church tower in the distance.
On street parking 100m from the church. Only disabled parking is allowed in the church grounds. There are 4 disabled spaces.Terrain:
Tarmac and gravel
Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.
Access is via the North Side (side) door, available 30 minutes before concert. Press bell for assistance. Level access into venue.