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Credit: Eurkeka Entertainment
Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Joan of Arc’s short life began around 1412, within a year or two of the consecration of Haddington’s great collegiate church of St Mary. This unique event combines a powerful cinematic depiction of the final drama of Joan’s trial and martyrdom with music of the period sung by one of the world’s leading early music vocal groups.
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s moving 1928 film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc is now recognised as one of the great masterpieces of the silent era. Inspired by Dreyer’s searing vision, the Orlando Consort accompanies the film with a live soundtrack of sacred and secular music from the early 15th Century, from haunting plainsong to intricate polyphony, a chanson by Guillaume Dufay and the Agincourt Carol.
'It works wonderfully well . . . an exceptional achievement that reminds us just how potent the combination of silent film and live music can be.'
'The Orlando Consort's performances are simultaneously ravishing and reverential.'
Los Angeles Times
See ticket prices for St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington below. For tickets, please call the box office on 0131 473 2000.
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.