Fretwork Plays Gibbons and Lawes

Humbie Church, Humbie

Thu 12 Sept 3pm

Duration: 2 hours approx

Pavan and Galliard
Now each flowery bank of May
Nay let me weep
Ne'er let the sun
Yet if that age
2 Fantasias
On the Lilies
To Pansies
To Sycamores
Consort Set in F major
Consort Set in C major
Wilt thou forgive that sin
Music for a While
Consort Set in G minor
O Solitude
The Evening Hymn

Mezzo soprano

Free ticket for any school student attending with a full price ticket holder 18+

Half price ticket for students aged 16+ in full time education

Fretwork Plays Gibbons and Lawes at Lammermuir Festival

Fretwork return to the festival following their triumph in ‘Secret Byrd’ last year. This extraordinary ensemble which over almost four decades as the world’s leading consort of viols, has performed a huge repertoire of music old and new. The great repertoire of English consort music has been the bedrock of their success, with many classic recordings, as well as continental repertoire including music by JS Bach.

In the beautiful, hidden setting of Humbie’s little church, Fretwork are joined by award-winning mezzo Helen Charlston for some exquisite English songs. At the centre of the programme is the sublime consort music of William Lawes (1602-45), most of it composed for the court of Charles I before the composer’s untimely death in the English Civil War.

'Helen Charlston's voice is little short of miraculous.'

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Humbie Kirk, Humbie

Secluded in a little valley by Humbie Burn just to the north of the hamlet of Humbie, this charming little church was built on the site of a pre-Reformation church in 1800.

The T-plan Gothic building designed by James Tod was altered and expanded by David Bryce in 1866. The chancel was added in 1932.

The east window, depicting scenes from the life of King David, was designed by Douglas Strachan (who designed the glass in the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle) in 1950.

The organ, by the Edinburgh builder David Hamilton (c 1840), came originally from the Norwegian Seamen’s Chapel in Leith.

Humbie Kirk, Humbie


Humbie Kirk, Humbie
EH36 5PA

Getting there by bus

Humbie is not served by a bus.

Getting there by train

There is no train station in Humbie

Getting there by car

Humbie is on the B6368, off the A68. There is a car park at the church and car parking in the village. You will be assisted by volunteer stewards who will be visible on arrival and direct you to an available space. Please allow plenty of time to arrive, park and walk to the church. The concert will start promptly. Latecomers can only be admitted if there is a suitable break. Thank you for your understanding.



Volunteer stewards will direct you on arrival to a free car park, down the hill, in the dell, by the church. Once this becomes full, stewards will direct you to parking in the village. Pleae allow time to park and walk to the venue. Concerts will start promptly. Latecomers can only be admitted if there is a suitable break in the repertoire. Thank you for your understanding.

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


There is a relatively steep tarmac single track road down the hill to the church from village. The car park is rought. There is a paved path to church.

Induction Loop:

No toilets in the church. It is a short walk to the adjacent hall where male and female toilets are available.

Wheelchair Access:

Wheelchair access

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