NYCoS National Girls Choir

St. Mary's Church, Haddington

There are tickets available for NYCoS Girls Choir and Bach by Candlelight, both on this evening, at St Mary’s, Haddington at the venue one hour before the performance starts. Check availability by phoning 07580 941108.

Programme includes

Brahms 4 Songs Op 17, for female voices, two horns and harp
Britten A Ceremony of Carols
Brahms Chorale Preludes
Britten Missa Brevis
Sweeney The Singin’ Lass
Lammermuir Festival Commission

NYCoS National Girls Choir
Christopher Bell Director
John Kitchen Organ
Alec Frank-Gemmill Horn
Harry Johnstone Horn
Sharron Griffiths Harp


Scotland’s National Girls Choir is an extraordinary phenomenon, and this promises to be another memorable concert with wonderful, rarely heard songs featuring horns and harp by Brahms, a new work for the same forces by William Sweeney, and two popular choral pieces by Britten in his centenary year.

“Supreme, consistent, and wonderfully articulate”
The Scotsman

Running time 2 hours


Festival Talk – this talk has been cancelled

Meet Alec Frank-Gemmill at 1.15pm on 20 September (the day before this concert).

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

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

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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