Sean Shibe in Recital

Online from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Sat 12 Sep 8pm

Presented by Kate Molleson

Duration: approx. 75 mins

Sweet Saint Nickola, Canaries, A Scotts Tune, Mervell’s Sarabande, Holi and Faire, Ladie Lie Neer Me, A Scotts Tune

Suite Compostelana
Cancion e Danza X
LAD (arr. Shibe)



Credit: Kaupo Kikkas

Sean Shibe needs no introduction as one of the most outstanding musicians to emerge from Scotland in recent years. His technical mastery and phenomenal range of colour will be on show in the 17th century Scottish pieces that open his programme as much as in the wistful Spanish melancholy of Mompou. The climax of his recital is American composer Julia Wolfe’s LAD, in Sean’s own arrangement for electric guitar. Always fascinated by folk music and strongly motivated by social injustice, Wolfe pours ‘cathartic grief and anger’ into this gripping music, originally composed for nine bagpipes

This astonishing and adventurous guitarist plays with such depth of tone, colour and intricacies of touch that it is as though he's at a harpsichord . . . Shibe's music-making is masterful, beautiful and convincing in every way.

The Times

Few have recorded [these works] with such a thrilling combination of technical flair, finesse and blazingly evident musical sympathy. It's almost as if this music was waiting for Shibe to come along, the results are that breath-taking . . . As throughout this phenomenal disc, Shibe demonstrates a musical maturity far beyond his 28 years

Europadisc - Disc of the Week

Holy Trinity Church, Haddington

Holy Trinity stands on the site of a Franciscan friary (the original ‘Lamp of Lothian’ before that title passed to St Mary’s Church nearby) which was built here in the 13th Century. The friary was demolished in 1572, and almost two centuries later, in 1769, work was begun on a ‘qualified’ Anglican chapel which was finally consecrated as Holy Trinity in 1815. The present chancel was added and the interior remodelled in an attractive neo-Byzantine style in 1930.


Holy Trinity Church, Haddington


Holy Trinity Church, Haddington
EH41 3EX

Getting there by bus

Several Edinburgh to Haddington routes to the Market Street bus stop. All drop off in the High St, approx. 5 mins walk to 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 first or second exit to Haddington. Venue at east end of town.



There is Free on street car parking on road outside the church grounds and in the vicinity.

We can cone off 3 spaces inside the church grounds for blue badge holders. Please email to book a space, subject to availability and on a first come first served basis.

11am on 15 Sept – BB spaces are now booked – free on-street car parking outside venue grounds


Gravel path with flat access into venue

Induction Loop:

One toilet, not adapted.

Wheelchair Access:

Almost flat access via front door. Small lip to entrance.

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