Brahms Clarinet Quintet

Aberlady Church, Aberlady

Tickets will be available at Aberlady Church from 6pm for this concert. Cash sales only.

Danish Folk Songs
Janáček String Quartet No 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Brahms Clarinet Quintet Op115

Danish String Quartet
Mark Simpson Clarinet

Radio 3 New Generation Artist Mark Simpson joins the internationally acclaimed Danish String Quartet in the first of two great clarinet quintets in this year’s Festival. Brahms’s heavenly work is paired here with the powerful psychological drama of the quartet that Janáček based on Tolstoy’s novel ‘Kreutzer Sonata’.

“How these boys can move and excite us! From the first second, they beam with energy and the joy of playing”

Berlingske Tidende, Copenhagen

“The multi-talented young prodigy Mark Simpson”
London Evening Standard

Running time 1 hour 45 mins

Aberlady Parish Church, Aberlady

From the 7th century Aberlady was an important staging post for pilgrims travelling between the monasteries at Lindisfarne and Iona. A fragment of an 8th century cross (now in the National Museum of Scotland) known as the Aberlady Cross is testament to the long Christian history of the village, and a reconstruction of it is housed in the church.

Traces of a mediaeval Culdee chapel have been found on the site but the oldest part of the present parish church is the 15th-century tower. The rest was rebuilt in 1773 and recast in 1886 by William Young who added two aisles on the south that match the post-Reformation burial aisles on the north.

Stained glass is by Edward Frampton, London 1889. A marble monument is attributed to the great neo-classical sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822).

Aberlady Parish Church, Aberlady


Aberlady Parish Church, Aberlady
EH32 0RB

Getting there by bus

The following buses pass through Aberlady:
EAST COAST BUSES: x5, 124, 125
Please check bus timetables before booking your tickets.

Getting there by train

Aberlady does not have a train service.

Getting there by car

On approaching the village from the west on the A198, the church is situated on the left hand side of the road.  If approaching the village from the east, the church is situated towards the end of the village, on the right hand side.



There is free on-street parking along the main road in the village. Please leave time to walk.

We can offer 2 spaces immediately outside the church gate for blue badge holders. Please email [email protected] to book a space, subject to availability and on a first come first served basis.


The pathway inside church grounds is tarmac.

Induction Loop:

Please note that there are no toilets in this ancient church. We will arrange for toilets to be available at Kirk Stables Community Centre in the village. This concert is approx 2 hours in length incl an interval.

Wheelchair Access:

Drop off available in church grounds. Tarmac path. Flat access.

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