Master and Commander with Robert Hardy

Beethoven Op.18/3 Movement 1
Locatelli String Quartet
Bach D Minor Partita
Beethoven Op.18/3 Movement 2
Boccherini Minuet for Violin and Cello
Beethoven Op.18/3 Movement 3
Beethoven Op.18/3 Movement 4

Raeburn String Quartet
Robert Hardy Reader

Robert Hardy’s life has combined acting with a lifelong fascination with history. Patrick O’Brian’s wonderful seafaring books have music at their core. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin often retreat to their cabin to play chamber music together.

Robert Hardy’s readings from the Aubrey/Maturin novels are interspersed with music from the books by Mozart, Boccherini, Haydn, Dittersdorf and Beethoven.

The Raeburn Quartet perform this programme on instruments of the Napoleonic era in an historic church built in Trafalgar year 1805 with a churchyard where admirals lie buried.

“I’ve heard some splendid actors read this, but Robert Hardy is in a different league.”
The Guardian


Running Time 2 hours approx


St. Michael’s Church, Inveresk

This late Georgian parish church (Robert Nisbet, 1803-5) stands on a site which has been a Christian settlement since the 6th Century.

Perched on a hill above the picturesque village of Inveresk on the banks of the River Esk, its tall spire is a landmark for miles around.

A large rectangular box-church with a magnificent classical interior and a fine Lewis organ, its vibrant acoustic makes it an excellent concert venue.

St. Michael’s Church, Inveresk


St. Michael’s Church, Inveresk
EH21 7UA

Getting there by bus

Travel time from the centre of Edinburgh to Musselburgh 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)

15 minute walk to church from bus stop.

Getting there by train

Musselburgh Station closest. Catch the No. 30 bus from the station to town centre. A 3/4 mile walk to the church.

Getting there by car

Musselburgh is just off Edinburgh City Bypass, not far from Fort Kinnaird Retail Park and Asda. Take Newbigging/Inveresk route from Musselburgh



Free parking on street (one side only). No parking in church grounds. No disabled parking, drop off only.


Tarmac /Paved

Induction Loop:

Good male / female provision plus adapted toilet.

Wheelchair Access:

Sloped tarmac path. Level access into church.

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