Mahan Esfahani
plays Bach Concertos

Dunbar Parish Church, Dunbar

Sun 17 Sept 7.30pm

Duration: 2 hours approx

Harpsichord Concerto in F minor BWV 1056

Variations on Les Folies d’Espagne

Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052

Harpsichord Concerto in E major BWV 1053
Harpsichord Concerto in A major BWV 1055



Photo credit: Kaja Smith

Mahan Esfahani’s final concert as our Artist in Residence is a spectacular tribute to JS Bach’s lavish gifts as a keyboard composer. His concertos for solo harpsichord are thought to have been arrangements of earlier works that he wrote while serving at the royal court of Köthen. Later, in Leipzig in the late 1730s, he seems to have written them out in a single manuscript, perhaps for performance in the concerts he directed at Zimmermann’s coffee house. Their richness of invention is matched by Carl Philipp Emmanuel in his 12 Variations on the famous ‘Follia’ theme.

(Photo: Kaja Smith)

There is no questioning Esfahani's inquiring mind and absolute mastery of his instrument.


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 [email protected] to book one of these spaces, subject to availability, first come first served.

UPDATE: Please note there are no more blue badge spaces for the concert on 11/09 Alina Ibragimova & Steven Osborne



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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