The Corn Exchange, Haddington

Wed 11 Sept 10.15pm

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins approx


Free ticket for any school student attending with a full price ticket holder 18+

Half price ticket for students aged 16+ in full time education

Stimmung at Lammermuir Festival

Any performance of Stockhausen’s seminal 1968 work for 6 vocalists and 6 microphones is an important, nowadays rather rare, event. Sitting in a circle in a darkened room, the singers build a trance-like meditation from a single chord and its overtones. The atmosphere of ritual is powerfully evocative and spiritual, the sonic web of constantly changing vowel sounds deeply moving. Time seems to stand still. As the composer himself said: ‘In the beauty of things sensual shines the beauty of things eternal.’

The Corn Exchange, Haddington

It is no surprise that East Lothian, which was in the vanguard of the Scottish agricultural revolution through the 18th and 19th centuries anda centre for the production and sale of grain, should boast an important building designed for agricultural commerce. But by the mid-19th century, Haddington’s market facilities in Court Street had become completely inadequate for the many corn merchants who wished to ply their trade there.

Local builder and self-taught architect Francis Farquharson, who designed the County Buildings, was commissioned to design the Corn Exchange on an adjacent site. The new construction, with its neo-classical façade echoing that of the Town House close by, opened in 1854. The Venetian window in the centre of the façade is surmounted by a pediment with a carving of a wheat sheaf.

The Corn Exchange’s fortunes declined, however, following the British agricultural depression that resulted from cheap imports of American grain from the 1870s. In the 20th century it was used for community events and in the two World Wars for temporary billeting of soldiers. Management of the Corn Exchange was transferred to Haddington Community Development Trust in 2014 and a programme of refurbishment begun in 2019. Brunton Theatre Trust currently manages the Corn Exchange and programme a wide selection of events including concerts, theatre and film screenings.

The Corn Exchange, Haddington


The Corn Exchange, Haddington
EH41 3DS

Getting there by bus

The following buses passing through Haddington:
PRENTICE: 108, 109, 101, 111, 122
Please check bus timetables before booking your tickets.

Getting there by train

The nearest train station is at Drem.

Getting there by car

Haddington is off the A1.



There is some free on-street parking and a free car park to the rear of the building. There are no official disabled parking bays outside the venue which is set back from the road.


There is level access to the building and accessible toilets.

Wheelchair Access:

Level access at the front of the building.

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