Royal Northern Sinfonia

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Thu 14 Sept 8pm

Duration: 2 hours approx

Violin Concerto in D major

Symphony No 3 in E flat major, ‘Rhenish’



Photo credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke , Claire Hannan

The exceptional young Polish violinist Maria Wloszczowska has made many friends at Lammermuir Festival and we look forward to her performing what many regard as the greatest violin concerto of all.

The Royal Northern Sinfonia and their Principal Conductor Dinis Sousa end the programme with the majestic symphony that Schumann wrote not long after he arrived as Music Director in Düsseldorf. Inspired by the great river Rhine, the magnificent landscape through which it flows and by the great gothic cathedral of Cologne, he took only five weeks to complete the ‘Rhenish’ Symphony. Its exuberant richness of invention is irresistible.

Please note change of programme.

Maria Wloszczowska made a stunning New York debut with all six of Bach's Sonatas for violin and keyboard . . . the entire audience gave a well-deserved standing ovation.

The Strad

Tempos were carefully varied and colours expertly crafted to create a reading that felt fresh and brilliantly clean, with some superb orchestral playing.

The Times on Dinis Sousa

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

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.

UPDATE: There are no blue badge spaces left for 14/09 Royal Northern Sinfonia or 18/09 BBC SSO concerts.


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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