Opening Concert

St Mary's Church, Haddington

Photo credit: Photo: Uwe Arens for SONY Classical

Mozart Overture ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’
Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto
Mozart Symphony No 38 in D K504, ‘Prague’

Royal Northern Sinfonia
François Leleux Oboe
William Conway Conductor

There could be nothing more beautiful to open this year’s festival than Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto.

Played by Artist in Residence François Leleux, regarded by many as the world’s finest oboist, the concerto’s magic is matched by Strauss’s beloved Mozart in his gloriously inventive ‘Prague’ symphony.

“[The Strauss Concerto’s] magic streamed through the absolutely incredible performance of Francois Leleux. I have never heard the oboe sing like that:
I was so bewitched I couldn’t move.”

Michael Tumelty, The Herald

“There’s no better chamber orchestra in Britain .”
Andrew Clements, The Guardian

Duration 2 hours approx

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. 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 for blue badge holders. Please email [email protected] if you require one of these spaces. First come, first served.


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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