What's on in 2018
Fugue No 16 in G minor from the Well-tempered Clavier
String Quartet Op 13 in A minor
String Quartet Op 132 in A minor
We are thrilled to welcome back to the Lammermuir Festival the Danish String Quartet, now in huge demand in the greatest chamber music venues of the world. Their programme culminates in one of Beethoven’s most profound works with, at its centre, the inspiring ‘Heiliger Dankgesang’ or Holy Song of Thanksgiving in gratitude for his recovery from what he thought was a terminal illness.
'From the opening few bars, the specialness of the performance was clear; the Danish quartet's sound was gorgeous, and their attention to the expressive riches of dynamics and phrasing was ravishing.'
New York Classical Review
See ticket prices for Chalmers Memorial Church, Port Seton below. For tickets, please call the box office on 0131 473 2000.
Construction began on Chalmers Memorial Church (originally a United Free Church, now Church of Scotland) in 1904 on land purchased from the Earl of Wemyss, to a design by the Scottish architect Sydney Mitchell.
The church is one of several in Scotland named after Dr Thomas Chalmers, one of the leaders of the 'Disruption' of the Scottish church in 1843.
This was the great schism caused by a dispute over the church's relationship with the state, and Chalmers was the first moderator of the breakaway group that became the Free Church. The foundation stone was laid by his grand-daughter and services began on April 1, 1905.
The A-listed church building with its many Arts and Crafts features has remained virtually unchanged since that day. Its carved timbers as well and unique, elaborate stencil work reflect the character of the fishing village of Port Seton and the history of the church.
The windows are by Margaret Chilton and Marjorie Kemp, two distinguished stained glass artists, committed to the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, who met at the Glasgow School of Art and set up a studio in Edinburgh together in 1922.
Chalmers Memorial Church, Port Seton
Bus service 26 every 30 mins from Edinburgh
Bus stop opposite church
No train services
13 miles from Edinburgh via A1/A198
Yes + Street parking
40 spaces within 10 metres of church
3 disabled spaces including dedicated blue badge parking space at side of church
Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.