Sat 22 Sept 10pm
Duration approx. 1 hour
Half price concession for children and students in full time education
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.