Opening Concert BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Fri 14 Sept 8pm

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Duration approx. 2 hours

Cello Concerto in C major
Symphony No 7 in E major


Half price concession for children and students in full time education

Sponsored by McInroy Wood
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Photo credit: Susanne Diesner

Bruckner’s visionary 7th Symphony, magisterial and passionate, makes the grandest possible opening for the 2018 festival. Making his debut with the BBC SSO is the acclaimed German conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens and he is joined in Haydn’s sparkling and life-enhancing concerto by the winner of 2012 BBC Young Musician Laura van der Heijden.

Laura van der Heijden…
‘A completely extraordinary performance of incredible creative intensity.’
BBC Radio 3

‘A mesmerising performance…’
The Times

Steffens was an energetic and expressive figure on the podium and he coaxed some highly charged and exhilarating music from the Philharmonia.'

Seen and Heard International

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

Buses passing trough Haddington
PRENTICE: 108, 109, 101, 111, 122
Please check bus timetables before booking your tickets.

Getting there by train

The nearest station is Drem.

Getting there by car

Haddington is off the A1. There are two exits off the A1 coming from the east or the west.



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

We can offer 3 spaces inside the church grounds, buy the side of the church, for blue badge holders. Please email [email protected] to book a space, subject to availability and on a first come first served basis.


Tarmac and gravel.

Induction Loop:

Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.

Wheelchair Access:

Access is easier via the North Side (side) door, next to the blue badge parking spaces, and open 30 minutes before concert. There will be a volunteer steward in a high vis jacket who will provide assistance. There is level access into venue.

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