Jeremy Denk in Recital

Dunbar Parish Church, Dunbar

Thu 8 Sept 3pm

Duration: 2 hours approx.

Piano Sonata in A minor K310
Gaspard de la nuit
Toccata in F sharp minor BWV 910
The Devil’s Staircase
Piano Sonata in A flat major Op 110



Credit: Robin Mitchell

Master pianist Jeremy Denk’s residency at the 2021 Lammermuir Festival offered a remarkable musical feast. The concerts were extraordinary, leaving us no choice but to beg him to come back this year.

He begins with a characteristically ambitious programme that explores a huge range of emotions, pianistic challenges and striking juxtapositions. Contrasting aspects of Ravel – the classical purity of the Sonatine and the demonic virtuosity of his Gaspard de la nuit – sit on either side of Mozart’s strangely shadowed sonata. Three different approaches to virtuosity, culminating in Ligeti’s breathtaking Devil’s Staircase, lead to Beethoven’s penultimate sonata, music that scales sublime heights and offers a life-enhancing experience.

It’s easy to think about live music as the experience of being performed to; this was a reminder that some of the best performances are like overhearing a private conversation among friends.

The Guardian

Seating Plan

See ticket prices for Dunbar Parish Church below.

Dunbar Parish Church

Dunbar Parish Church, Gillespie Graham's grand red sandstone gothic church of 1821 stands proudly looking out to sea.

Damaged by fire in 1987, its spacious interior was restored with a colourful mix of ancient and modern features including an elaborate early 17th Century monument to the Earl of Dunbar and some fine 1990 stained glass by Shona McInnes and Douglas Hogg.

Dunbar Parish Church


Dunbar Parish Church
EH42 1LB

Getting there by bus

Services to Dunbar via Edinburgh, Haddington and North Berwick and Berwick upon Tweed. All stop at Dunbar High Street. Walk to the end of the High Street and take the left fork. Church on your right.

Getting there by train

Dunbar Station is on the east coast mainline and has frequent trains running through the station.
Timetables can be found at
Exit the station, at the top of the road turn right. Turn right again and you will see the church ahead of you.

Getting there by car

Follow the A1 until you reach the Spott roundabout. Take the exit for Dunbar. Follow the road to T-Junction. Take the left at this junction and the church is on your left. 30 miles from Edinburgh.



There is free car parking around the town.

There are 3 designated but unreserved spaces within church grounds for Blue Badge holders. Please email to book one of these spaces, subject to availability, first come first served.



Induction Loop:

Ladies and gents on ground (one adapted toilet) and first floors.

Wheelchair Access:

Sloped tarmac path to church. Level access into venue.

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