Jeremy Denk Plays Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier

Dunbar Parish Church

Fri 10 Sept 6.30pm & 8.45pm

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes per concert, with no interval. Second concert ends approx. 10pm

The Well-tempered Clavier Book I
Part I
Part II


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Jeremy Denk Plays Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier

Credit: Shervin Lainez

Performing Bach’s ‘Well-tempered clavier’ is a truly epic endeavour, demanding technique and musicianship of the highest order.

Jeremy Denk, one of America’s foremost pianists and our Artist in Residence, is just the man for such a daunting task. This evening’s two concerts cover the whole of the first book and will undoubtedly be festival highlights.

A superb solo recital ...crystalline in clarity of his pianistic vision, the pellucid beauty of each phrase breathing with rich magic in Dunbar Parish Church.

The Times ***** (2021 Lammermuir Festival)

'Playing without a score, Denk was also very fun to watch, more so than with most pianists. The music seemed to take hold of him physically, and he looked into the audience as much as he looked at his hands, seeming to toss out a musical phrase to us as though to make us complicit in the musical journey. In the process, Denk seems to be talking to Bach’s musical characters, weaving them into life with a nod of his head or a jut of his chin, conversing with the dramatis personae as though to draw out their characters, foibles and idiosyncrasies. . . .

As for the playing, it was as assured as it was poetic . . . each movement was summoned into being with the masterful assurance of a wizard, weaving a spell of crystalline clarity and pellucid beauty that surrounded the audience with magic as the sun set outside and the church interior was gradually pulled into darkness.'

Seen and Heard International (2021 Lammermuir Festival)

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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