Cantatas, coffee and cake

Venue 1, The Brunton, Musselburgh

Credit: John Wood, Robert Linton

A week in the life of JS Bach

Dunedin Consort
John Butt Director
Nicholas Phillipson Speaker
Falko Burkert Konditormeister

Programme includes:
Bach  Orchestral Suite No 1 in C
Bach  Coffee Cantata
Bach  Cantata ‘Ehre sei dir Gott’ and other works by Bach and his contemporaries

Gottfried Zimmermann’s Coffee House – a key institution in early 18th Century Leipzig – played a major role in Bach’s life. Here he composed for and directed Friday evening concerts with his Collegium Musicum in an informal, caffeine-stimulated atmosphere of artistic adventure and intellectual enquiry. It was a rich café culture where music, ideas and debate went together.

In this major event the Dunedin Consort explores Bach’s Leipzig through some of the music he composed for and performed at Zimmermann’s and at St Thomas’s Church.

His significance as a cultural figure then and now is debated by John Butt, one of the world’s leading Bach experts and distinguished historian Nicholas

“The Dunedin players… capture what Butt praises as ‘carefree, joyous and spontaneous works’ …nothing short of sensational.”
Gramophone Magazine

“John Butt’s research and direction are an object lesson in musical study brought to compelling life.”
The Observer

To accompany your coffee we have commissioned East Lothian’s own German Master Cake Maker, Falko, to recreate some typical Leipzig cakes of the period. A fascinating new slant on great music and the culture that produced it.

The Brunton, Musselburgh

The Brunton Hall, as it was originally known, was designed by Rowand Anderson, Kininmonth and Paul and opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in 1971.

It is named after John D Brunton, who left a bequest of £700,000 to the people of Musselburgh on his death in 1951, specifying that it must be used to build a public hall for the community.

As well as the concert hall (Venue One, in which this year's Lammermuir Festival event is being held), the building also contains a 296-seat theatre.

The large stained glass windows, depicting themes from the sea, were designed by Glasgow-based artist Deborah Campbell and commissioned by the Brunton Theatre Trust.

The Brunton, Musselburgh


The Brunton, Musselburgh
EH21 6AA

Getting there by bus

There are regular bus services through Musselburgh with a stop outside the venue.
Travel time from the centre of Edinburgh is about 30 minutes.
Lothian Buses: 15, 26, 30, 40, 44 (0131 555 6363)
First Bus: 108 (0871 200 2233)
East Lothian Buses: 113 (0131 555 6363)
Eve Coaches: 129 (01368 865 500)

Getting there by train

Musselburgh station is about 15 minutes walk away or you can catch the No. 30 bus from the station.

Getting there by car

Musselburgh is just off Edinburgh City Bypass, not far from Fort Kinnaird Retail Park and Asda.



Free car park at rear of venue plus on street parking including 6 Disabled Parking bays 20m from the entrance plus 2 more in car park.



Induction Loop:

There are accessible toilets on the ground floor in the main foyer and off the upstairs bar of Venue 1.

Wheelchair Access:

Ramps at Ladywell Way and North High Street entrances. Box Office has a lowered counter. Lift access to concert hall. Hall has flat area at front for wheelchairs.

Please advise our box office staff when booking tickets of any specific assistance you require and if you would like to use the loop system.

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