Literary Britten

Holy Trinity Church

Tickets on sale from 6.30pm today at Holy Trinity Church, subject to availability

Music and readings by Benjamin Britten and WH Auden

Programme includes
Britten On this Island
Britten Fish in the Unruffled Lakes
and poems and writings by WH Auden

Andrew Kennedy is unfortunately indisposed.
We are very grateful to Robin Tritschler for agreeing to replace him at very short notice.

Robin Tritschler Tenor
Alex Jennings Reader
Iain Burnside Piano
A celebration of the unique relationship of Britten and Auden, reflecting themes that concerned them both in the 1930s: love, travel, politics, the rise of fascism and impending war.


Benjamin Britten (1913–76) On this Island Op 11:

Let the florid music praise

W.H. Auden (1907–73) Danse Macabre (January 1937)

Britten Now the leaves are falling fast

Auden Whither? (from A Voyage, January 1938)

Britten Seascape

Auden Night Mail (1935)

Britten Nocturne

Auden Dear, though the night is gone (March 1936)

Britten As it is, plenty

Auden The Composer

Britten Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente

Auden Tell me the truth about love (January 1938)

Britten Funeral Blues

Auden Death’s Echo (September 1936)

Britten When you’re feeling like expressing your affection

Auden Lullaby (January 1937)

Britten (arr.) At the mid hour of night (Irish folksong)

Auden Letter to Britten (undated)

Britten Fish in the unruffled lakes

Auden Letter to Britten (August 1938)

Britten To lie flat on the back

Auden Letter to Britten (2 July 1943)

Lennox Berkeley (1903–89) Night covers up the rigid land

(poem by Auden dedicated to Britten)

Auden Letter to Britten (31 January 1942)

Letter to Britten (February/March 1942)

Britten Underneath the abject willow

“Alex Jennings is superb as the pained, prissily fastidious Britten”
The Daily Telegraph

“Played with skill and panache by Iain Burnside”
Music OMH

Running time 1 hour 30 mins


Festival Talk: Meet Iain Burnside at 1.15pm on 19 September.

Venue:  The Waterside Bistro, 1-5 Waterside, Haddington, EH41 4AT.

View our Talks page to book this talk. All Festival talks are free.

Holy Trinity Church, Haddington

Holy Trinity stands on the site of a Franciscan friary (the original ‘Lamp of Lothian’ before that title passed to St Mary’s Church nearby) which was built here in the 13th Century. The friary was demolished in 1572, and almost two centuries later, in 1769, work was begun on a ‘qualified’ Anglican chapel which was finally consecrated as Holy Trinity in 1815. The present chancel was added and the interior remodelled in an attractive neo-Byzantine style in 1930.


Holy Trinity Church, Haddington


Holy Trinity Church, Haddington
EH41 3EX

Getting there by bus

Several Edinburgh to Haddington routes to the Market Street bus stop. All drop off in the High St, approx. 5 mins walk to the church.

Getting there by train

Edinburgh to North Berwick service every hour. Nearest station is Drem. Taxi info on station notice board.

Getting there by car

Haddington is 20 miles East of Edinburgh along the A1 dual carriageway. Travelling East take the first or second exit to Haddington. Venue at east end of town.



There is free on street car parking on road outside the church grounds and in the vicinity.

We can offer 3 spaces inside 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.


Gravel path with flat access into venue

Induction Loop:

One toilet, not adapted.

Wheelchair Access:

Almost flat access via front door. Small lip to entrance.

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