Singing in Secret

Lennoxlove House, Haddington

Sun 11 Sept 11.00am

The Marian Consort

Duration approx. 105 mins

Programme includes William Byrd’s Mass for
4 Voices, motets by Byrd including Justorum animae, Gaudeamus omnes, Timete dominum and Beati mundo corde, and motets by Gerarde, Mundy, Peerson and Strogers.



Photo credit: Robert Piwko

We take the serene perfection of William Byrd’s Latin church music for granted now, but it was first performed in the most stressful and dangerous of circumstances when the Catholic liturgy was banned in 1590s England and mass was celebrated under cover.

The acclaimed Marian Consort sings Byrd’s magnificent, anonymously published four-part mass and some of the finest motets by Byrd and his contemporaries. Lennoxlove’s 15th century Great Hall provides the ideal setting for this once ‘forbidden’ music.


"Exquisite... performances that glow with golden purity and soul... the ensemble sings with eloquence and expressive finesse."

The Sunday Times

Lennoxlove House, Haddington

Dating back to the middle ages, Lennoxlove House reflects the myriad of family, political and social influences that have shaped Scottish history.

Owned originally by the Maitland family and later by the Blantyres, since 1946 it has been the seat of the Dukes of Hamilton who brought from Hamilton Palace an extensive inheritance of historic furnishings and art.

Mary Queen of Scots and Chopin are both reputed to have slept here. The barrel-vaulted Great Hall is in the oldest, 14th Century, part of the house.

Lennoxlove House, Haddington


Lennoxlove House, Haddington
EH41 4NZ

Getting there by bus

Several Edinburgh to Haddington routes to the Market Street bus stop. Also Perryman’s 253 service from Edinburgh Bus Station – Berwick, stopping in Haddington. Once in Haddington, you can pick up a taxi to Lennoxlove House.

Getting there by train

Edinburgh to North Berwick service every hour. Nearest station is Drem – 7 miles.

Getting there by car

30 min drive from Edinburgh via A1 and B6369
10 min drive from Haddington via B6369



Free car park in the grounds of Lennoxlove House. Designated but unreserved space outside the venue for Blue Badge holders. Please email [email protected] if you require one of these spaces.



Induction Loop:

Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.

Wheelchair Access:

Concert on first floor. Lift available.

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