Opening Concert BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Fri 14 Sept 8pm

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Duration approx. 2 hours

£30, £25, £20, £15

A booking fee of £1 per ticket, up to a maximum of £5 per transaction, will be added to all bookings.

Half price concession for children and students in full time education

Venue | How to get there | Accessibility

Credit: Susanne Diesner

Cello Concerto in C major
Symphony No 7 in E major


Sponsored by McInroy Wood

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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. For tickets, please call the box office on 0131 473 2000.

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.



On street parking 100m from the church. Only disabled parking is allowed in the church grounds. There are 4 disabled spaces. Please email if you require one of these spaces.


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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