Mozart’s Gran Partita

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Sat 22 Sept 7.45pm

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Winds

Duration approx. 2 hours

Serenade No 10 ‘Gran Partita’


Half price concession for children and students in full time education

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Mark Simpson concludes his residency directing the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s brilliant wind players in one of Mozart’s greatest and best-loved works. The Gran Partita for 13 Winds is unique – richly scored with pairs of basset horns as well as clarinets, oboes and bassoons.

Its glorious Adagio, popularised by the movie Amadeus, is one of the composer’s most perfect utterances. Mark also directs Geysir, his own tribute to the Mozart which he says has ‘beautiful sonorities, perfect voicings, endless invention and emotional directness’.

Don't underestimate ... the dazzling breadth of his talents. Astonishingly, [Simpson] is at least as good at playing the clarinet as he is at writing music.'

The Times

The wind soloists of the SCO demonstrate why they are Scotland's, and indeed one of Britain's, finest chamber ensembles.'

The Wee Review

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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