What's on in 2018
A late night concert featuring the ravishing sound of two harps in St Mary’s wonderful acoustic! Played by two of Europe’s most brilliant young harpists – Emily Hoile and Marion Ravot, both alumnae of the Berlin Philharmonic Academy – Stockhausen’s tour de force, written for Milan Cathedral and formed around the Latin hymn ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’, promises to be an unforgettable event.
The harpists themselves vocalise the text, their voices mingling with the shimmering kaleidoscope of sound produced by their instruments.
Appreciating a sophisticated composition brilliantly executed was only natural. But if you gave yourself over to Stockhausen's calculated mix of ritualistic vocals and the harps' intrinsic glamour, the peculiar divinity he envisioned seemed almost within reach.'
The New York Times
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
Several Edinburgh to Haddington routes to the Market Street bus stop. Also Perryman’s 253 service from Edinburgh Bus Station – Berwick, stopping in Haddington. All drop off in the High St, approx. 5-8 mins walk from the church.
Edinburgh to North Berwick service every hour. Nearest station is Drem. Taxi info on station notice board.
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.
On street parking 100m from the church. Only disabled parking is allowed in the church grounds. There are 4 disabled spaces.Terrain:
Tarmac and gravel
Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.
Access is via the North Side (side) door, available 30 minutes before concert. Press bell for assistance. Level access into venue.