Bach by Candlelight

St. Mary's Church, Haddington

There are tickets available for NYCoS Girls Choir and Bach by Candlelight, both on this evening, at St Mary’s, Haddington at the venue one hour before the performance starts. Check availability by phoning 07580 941108.

JS Bach Sonata No 2 in A minor BWV1003
JS Bach Partita No 2 in D minor BWV1004

Cecilia Bernardini Solo violin

Outstanding Dutch violinist Cecilia Bernardini’s fine technique and compelling musicianship have already impressed Scottish listeners in her appearances with the Dunedin Consort.

This candlelit recital of great solo violin works by Bach in the magical acoustic of St Mary’s makes a very special end to the day. The D minor Partita includes the famous ‘Chaconne’, one of Bach’s most extraordinary compositions.

“If there is a prize for the most beautiful tone, it should undoubtedly go to Cecilia Bernardini. She has the rare gift of a sound with a magical sheen”
De Telegraaf, Amsterdam

Running time 1 hour

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. 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.

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. Please email if you require one of these spaces.

Please note:
10 Sept at 1900 Jeremy Denk with the RSNO – maximum 3 available spaces all booked up
14 Sept at 1930 SCO – maximum 3 available spaces all booked up
18 Sept at 200 Dunedin Consort – maximum 3 available spaces all booked up


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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