Scottish Chamber Orchestra

St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington

Wed 14 Sept 7.30pm

Duration: 1 hour 50 mins approx

Overture ‘Coriolan’
Chamber Symphony
Symphony No 2 in D major Op 36


Half price concessions for students in full time education


The Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s brilliance has made them admired all over the world and this programme allows them to express the full gamut of emotions from sorrow to jubilation.

Beethoven’s irrepressible optimism fills his ebullient Second Symphony. Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska precedes this unpredictable, fiery masterwork with a piece about fire by her countryman, Erkki-Sven Tüur. Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an arrangement of his 8th String Quartet, a searingly powerful work that the composer regarded as his own personal epitaph.

Kristiina Poska allowed the players unbridled freedom in the symphony’s colossal opening… but the way she managed the subsequent extended climax was hugely impressive.


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.


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.

Visit East Lothian

Visit East Lothian

Visit Scotland East Lothian