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

Buses passing trough Haddington
PRENTICE: 108, 109, 101, 111, 122
Please check bus timetables before booking your tickets.

Getting there by train

The nearest station is Drem.

Getting there by car

Haddington is off the A1. There are two exits off the A1 coming from the east or the west.



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

We can offer 3 spaces inside the church grounds, buy the side of the church, for blue badge holders. Please email [email protected] to book a space, subject to availability and on a first come first served basis.


Tarmac and gravel.

Induction Loop:

Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.

Wheelchair Access:

Access is easier via the North Side (side) door, next to the blue badge parking spaces, and open 30 minutes before concert. There will be a volunteer steward in a high vis jacket who will provide assistance. There is level access into venue.

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