Monteverdi Vespers

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Fri 9 Sept 8.00pm

Dunedin Consort and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts

Duration approx. 95 mins (without interval)

Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610

Mezzo Soprano

Half price concession is for children and students in full time education


Credit: John Wood

Monteverdi’s spectacular masterpiece of 1610 is the most lavish of all the music that this peerless genius wrote for the church in early 17th century Venice.

Filling St Mary’s with glorious sound, it is the ideal way to open the festival. Nothing composed before Bach can rival it for sonic grandeur, but there is intimacy too in Monteverdi’s brilliantly imaginative use of solo voices and instruments.

John Butt and the Dunedin Consort have assembled a starry vocal line-up, joined by the virtuoso players of His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, to make this an unmissable event.

"Evanescent, visceral, thrilling Monteverdi... backed by His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, John Butt's consort made intrepid use of the cathedral's vast space for this compelling Vespers."

The Guardian

Seating Plan

See ticket prices for St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington below.

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington

The Collegiate Church of St Mary the Virgin is one of the great ecclesiastical buildings of mediaeval Scotland, founded in 1380 and known for centuries as "The Lamp of Lothian".

It was severely damaged in the 16th Century during Henry VIII's 'Rough Wooing' of Scotland, and after the Reformation only the nave was used as a parish church, with the choir and tower remaining roofless.

It was finally restored to its former glory in the 1970s, and is Scotland's longest church as well as one of its most beautiful, with a wonderfully warm, resonant acoustic.

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington


St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington
EH41 4BZ

Getting there by bus

Several Edinburgh to Haddington routes to the Market Street bus stop. Also Perryman’s 253 service from Edinburgh Bus Station – Berwick, stopping in Haddington. All drop off in the High St, approx. 5-8 mins walk from 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 second exit to Haddington – St Mary’s is signposted from the main road. Look to the South, and you will see the old church tower in the distance.



There is free on-street parking 100m from the church, on the road, and throughout the town.

Only disabled parking is allowed in the church grounds. There are 3 disabled spaces. Please email if you require one of these spaces.

Please note:
10 Sept at 1900 Jeremy Denk with the RSNO – spaces are now all booked.
14 Sept at 1930 SCO – spaces are now all booked.


Tarmac and gravel

Induction Loop:

Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.

Wheelchair Access:

Access is via the North Side (side) door, available 30 minutes before concert. Press bell for assistance. Level access into venue.

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