Bach at St Mary’s

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Sat 10 Sept 11.00am

William Whitehead

Duration approx. 90 mins

Programme includes JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C, Concerto in A minor, Toccata and Fugue in F; chorale preludes from the Orgelbüchlein with contemporary chorale preludes by Sally Beamish (world premiere), Jeremy Thurlow and Gabriel Jackson


Half price concession is for children and students in full time education


Photo credit: Lammermuir Festival

Leading UK organist William Whitehead explores the huge emotional and dramatic range of organ music by JS Bach.

The big C major Prelude and Fugue and the towering F major Toccata and Fugue frame a selection of chorale preludes from his amazingly varied Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).

Bach left it incomplete, so composers have recently been commissioned to fill the gaps and a brand new prelude by Sally Beamish features alongside some of Bach’s.

Each prelude is preceded by its Lutheran chorale, sung by Lammermuir Voices.

"Whitehead's compelling playing represents advocacy of a high order."

BBC Music Magazine

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington

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


St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington
EH41 4BZ

Getting there by bus

Several Edinburgh to Haddington routes to the Market Street bus stop. All drop off in the High St, approx. 5-8 mins walk from the church.

Getting there by train

Edinburgh to North Berwick service every hour. Nearest station is Drem. Taxi info on station notice board.

Getting there by car

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.



There is free on-street parking 100m from the church, on the road, and throughout the town.

Only disabled parking is allowed in the church grounds. There are 3 disabled spaces for blue badge holders. Please email [email protected] if you require one of these spaces. First come, first served.

UPDATE: There are no blue badge spaces left for 14/09 Royal Northern Sinfonia or 18/09 BBC SSO concerts.


Tarmac and gravel

Induction Loop:

Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.

Wheelchair Access:

Access is via the North Side (side) door, available 30 minutes before concert. Press bell for assistance. Level access into venue.

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