Opening Concert BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Fri 14 Sept 8pm

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Duration approx. 2 hours

Cello Concerto in C major
Symphony No 7 in E major


£30, £25, £20, £15

Half price concession for children and students in full time education

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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

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Recorded at

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