Heath Quartet IV

Humbie Parish Church, Humbie

Credit: Photo: Sussie Ahlburg

Stravinsky Three Pieces for String Quartet
Stravinsky Concertino
Schubert String Quartet in D minor, D810, ‘Death and the Maiden’

Heath Quartet

Schubert’s great ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet makes a fitting climax to the Heath Quartet’s Lammermuir Festival residency, preceded by Stravinsky’s two scintillating works for quartet.

The village of Humbie sits right at the foot of the Lammermuir hills, and its little church is a magical discovery, nestling
idyllically in the hidden valley below.

“ The Heath Quartet’s prayerful concentration really paid off in a performance of unforced beauty and tremulous tension.”
The Times

Duration 1 hour approx

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


Getting there by train

No train service

Getting there by car

The nearest main road is the A68 Edinburgh – Borders route. Heading south from Edinburgh direction, turn left at the B6457 at Fala Village and join the B6368 which goes through Humbie Village. The church is signposted. Heading north towards Edinburgh, turn right on the B6368.



Free car park by the church. Overflow parking back in the village. Leave time to walk to church


Relatively steep tarmac single track road hill from village. Rough terrain in car park. 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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