BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Mon 18 Sept 7.30pm

Duration: 1 hour 45 mins approx

Piano Concerto
Symphony No 3 in E flat ‘Eroica’



Photo credit: Marina Manina , Ben Ealovega

Steven Osborne is joined by the BBC SSO and their Chief Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth for the festival’s closing concert. Steven has always been a leading champion of Tippett’s music, especially his glorious Piano Concerto whose infectious rhythms and ecstatic climaxes echo the music of his opera The Midsummer Marriage.

The music of Beethoven was one of Tippett’s lifelong inspirations, so the great ‘Eroica’ symphony makes a fitting climax to the programme. Although originally intended as a tribute to Napoleon, until Beethoven famously repudiated him when he declared himself emperor, it remains music’s most magnificent celebration of the ‘heroic’.

The concerto is realised with a precision and vigour, both soloistic and orchestral, that leave one marvelling anew at its inventiveness . . .

The Sunday Times [On Osborne's Tippett recording]

There was solidity and bags of intelligent thought in Wigglesworth's vision, imbuing it with inexorable rhythmic thrill, from which dazzling extremes of savagery and mystical tenderness variously emerged.

The Scotsman

Seating Plan

See ticket prices for St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington below.

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.


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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