Breaking The Rules

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Mon 12 Sept 7.45pm

The Marian Consort

Duration approx. 2 hours

The imagined testimony of Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), composer and murderer. A Concert Drama for Musicians and Actor.

Countertenor & Musical Director

Writer & Producer

Half price concession is for children and students in full time education

Age Advisory

Supported by Lottery Funded Arts Council England
Supported by Lottery Funded Arts Council England


Breaking the Rules is part concert/part one-man play, exploring the extraordinary life and music of
16th century composer Carlo Gesualdo, best known today for his intensely sensual, idiosyncratic, even extreme, musical style. His reputation rests equally on his gruesome murder of his first wife and her lover in flagrante delicto.

Breaking the Rules explores Gesualdo’s strange world and his astounding music. The Marian Consort and lutenist Jamie Akers provide the sound-track to his mind on his last night, as he contemplates his own mortality and the tumultuous events which have led him to this moment.

"The performances are models of discretion and musical taste, every texture clear, every phrase beautifully shaped."

The Guardian

Seating Plan

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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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