Roderick Williams
and the Maxwell Quartet

Dirleton Kirk, Dirleton

Sun 17 Sept 3pm

Duration: 2 hours approx

Piano Quintet Op 84
Folksong Settings
Five Mystical Songs


In co-production with
In co-production with


Photo credit: Robin Mitchell

One of Britain’s finest baritones joins the Maxwells for this wonderful afternoon of English music in Dirleton’s historic kirk. Elgar’s Piano Quintet (1919) is a product of his unexpected burst of chamber music composition at the end of WWI. A major work, too little known, it has a first movement that surprised Elgar himself: “it’s strange music I think, and I like it – but it’s ghostly stuff.” Vaughan Williams’s Mystical Songs are much more often performed – a rare chance to hear his chamber arrangement.

Roderick Williams consolidates his reputation as our greatest living baritone with probably the finest performances I have ever heard of one of Vaughan Williams's most renowned songs.

The Daily Telegraph

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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