BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Opening Concert

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Fri 15 Sept 8pm

Duration approx. 2 hours

Prelude and Liebestod from ‘Tristan und Isolde’
Un moto di gioia
Vado, ma dove
Voi avete un cor fedele
Symphony No 4 in G major


Half price concession for children and students in full time education

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Photo credit: BBC / John Wood

Martyn Brabbins and the BBC SSO return with a musical feast to open the festival. They’re joined by Rowan Pierce, one of today’s most exciting sopranos, in three of Mozart’s fine concert arias and in Mahler’s 4th Symphony.

The singer’s serene hymn to the innocence of childhood in the symphony’s finale is one of Mahler’s most moving creations, the climax of a journey through a landscape of joy and pain. The concert begins with the opening and closing music from Wagner’s greatest opera – almost shockingly passionate in its intensity.

BBC Radio 3

'A blistering performance, magisterially controlled by Brabbins at white heat.'

The Herald

'Rowan Pierce especially dazzles.'

The Guardian

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.

UPDATE: There are no blue badge spaces left for 14/09 Royal Northern Sinfonia or 18/09 BBC SSO concerts.


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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