Bach’s Musical Offering – The Anatomy of a Masterpiece

Gladsmuir Parish Church, Gladsmuir

Sat 15 Sept 3pm

Dunedin Consort

Duration approx. 1 hour 15 mins

The Musical Offering BWV 1079

Director and speaker

Half price concession for children and students in full time education


Credit: Lammermuir Festival

Dedicated to Frederick the Great following Bach’s visit to his palace of Sans-Souci in Potsdam, The Musical Offering contains music as fine as anything Bach ever composed. The Dunedin Consort’s Director John Butt, one of the world’s leading Bach experts, explores how such a unique work came into being and the remarkable techniques Bach used to create this timeless masterpiece.

NB: Some new seats have been added to the Balcony. These may have a restricted view.

Momentum, rhythm, pace, gait; I love the way Dunedin performances deal in the physical feel of tempos ...Butt makes the transitions really count, building up drama as the music lurches, sidesteps or mellows.'

The Guardian

Gladsmuir Parish Church, Gladsmuir

Gladsmuir Parish Church is a Romanesque cruciform church dating from 1839 and designed by William Burn. A replacement was built after a fire in 1886 by John Farquarson of Haddington with later improvements made in 1929.

The older ruined church can still be seen and explored behind the new church. Gladsmuir's principal "claim to fame" relates to its role as the site of the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745.

(source: wikipedia)

Gladsmuir Parish Church, Gladsmuir


Gladsmuir Parish Church, Gladsmuir
EH33 1ED

Getting there by bus

Lothian Buses service 104 stops outside church

Getting there by train

Train station at Longniddry.

Getting there by car

Gladsmuir is 20 miles east of Edinburgh along the A1 dual carriageway. Travelling east take the exit to Macmerry. From Haddington take the A199 to Gladsmuir.



There is a free car park at the rear of the church.

We can cone off 2 parking spaces for blue badge holders. Please email us at to book a designated space. These are to availability and first come first served. Take care on arrival and leaving as despite this being a village, traffic travels fast on this wide, straight road.


Tarmac and gravel.

Induction Loop:

1 unisex outside toilet. No disabled toilet.

Wheelchair Access:

Level access at rear of church.

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