What's on in 2019
Thu 19 Sept 7.45pm
St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Duration: approx. 2 hours
£31.50 / £26.25 / £21 / £15.75
A booking fee of £1 per ticket, up to a maximum of £5 per transaction, will be added to all bookings.
Half price concession for children and students in full time education
Credit: Lammermuir Festival
Fantasia on a theme of Thomas TallisPrometheus Symphony
World Premiere commissioned by Lammermuir Festival and BBC Radio 3Symphony No 5
Sponsored by Turcan Connell
In co-production with BBC Radio 3
The last and most ambitious of Stuart MacRae’s three magnificent Lammermuir Festival commissions based on the Prometheus myth is a work for voices and orchestra which will make dramatic use of the space in Haddington’s great mediaeval parish church. So does Vaughan Williams’s rich-toned fantasia, to magical effect, with a solo quartet placed far from the rest of the strings. Under the acclaimed young English conductor Matthew Halls, the BBC SSO will demonstrate its close affinity with Sibelius in his life-affirming 5th Symphony.
'… the orchestra, with guest conductor Matthew Halls, was luminous enough in itself to have lit up the skies like daylight … Mr. Halls drew lovely sounds from the musicians in front of him'
'Stuart MacRae fuses dramatic flair, orchestral finesse and luminous vocals'
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. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require one of these 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.