On Wenlock Edge

Dirleton Kirk, Direlton

Sat 17 Sept 11.00am

Duration approx. 2 hours

The Heart's Assurance
On Wenlock Edge
String Quartet in G D 887


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


Photo credit: operaomnia.co.uk

Michael Tippett’s 1951 song-cycle The Heart’s Assurance is imbued with the ecstatic, dancing delight that was to fill his opera The Midsummer Marriage a few years later. It makes the perfect prelude to Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge, haunting settings for tenor and piano quintet of achingly nostalgic poems by A.E. Housman. The programme closes with Schubert’s last quartet, the magisterial G Major, which is chamber music on a vast scale – passionate, revelatory and life enhancing.

"As an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is in a class by himself."

The Times

Seating Plan

See ticket prices for Dirleton Kirk, Dirleton below.

Dirleton Kirk, Dirleton

Dirleton is one of the most picturesque of East Lothian's many beautiful villages, and its church, Dirleton Kirk, dedicated to St Andrew, is a real gem.

Built in 1612 to replace the parish church along the coast at Gullane which was continually being inundated by sand, this long, low-eaved church with its square, gothic-topped tower is built of warm pink sandstone.

Its striking Archerfield Aisle (1664) is Scotland's earliest example of neo-classical architecture. Inside, the mellow light filters through some especially fine stained glass.

Dirleton Kirk, Dirleton


Dirleton Kirk, Dirleton
EH39 5EH

Getting there by bus

Bus service 124/X24 from Edinburgh to North Berwick
Bus stop 200m from church

Getting there by train

Nearest station is Drem 4 miles. List of taxis on station noticeboard.

Getting there by car

22 miles from Edinburgh via A1/A198



There are 3 spaces we can reserve for blue badge holders by the church gate. Please email [email protected] if you require one of these spaces. Subject to availability, and first come first served. There is further free parking around the green by the church and also the larger village green.


Gravel path to the church. Flat access into the venue.

Induction Loop:

One non adapted unisex toilet off lobby.

Wheelchair Access:

Stepped access. Assistance would be required and will be available.

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