What was on in 2016
We will be releasing an additional 20 ‘stand-by’ tickets on the door at 6pm at St Mary’s in Haddington for Christine Brewer.
These are for side pew seats which have a restricted or no view. You will still hear and enjoy the glorious music and atmosphere. Please note they will not be available until 6pm and cannot be reserved. First come, first served.
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Strauss Four Last Songs
Elgar Enigma Variations
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Christine Brewer Soprano
Martyn Brabbins Conductor
The festival is delighted to welcome American soprano Christine Brewer, widely regarded as one of todayâ€™s greatest interpreters of Richard Straussâ€™s achingly beautiful songs – his farewell to the world.
The songs are the centrepiece of an evening of romantic nostalgia, beginning with Wagnerâ€™s lovely reminiscence of his great â€˜Ringâ€™Â cycle, played on Christmas morning as a present to his wife Cosima.
Elgarâ€™s affectionate tribute to his â€˜friends pictured withinâ€™ contains humour as well as regret, but ends in uplifting triumph.
â€œBrewerâ€™s dramatic soprano voice, though large and opulent, never loses its warm, lyric core of purity. She soars effortlessly over the orchestra…
Classic FM Magazine
â€œChristine Brewer possesses possibly the finest dramatic soprano in the world todayâ€
Duration 1 hour 45 mins approx
This concert is one of three presented in partnershipÂ with BBC Radio 3
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.