Voices Appeared – Film And Music

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Sun 17 Sept 7.45pm

The Orlando Consort

Duration approx. 90 minutes

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Half price concession for children and students in full time education


Photo credit: Eurkeka Entertainment

Joan of Arc’s short life began around 1412, within a year or two of the consecration of Haddington’s great collegiate church of St Mary. This unique event combines a powerful cinematic depiction of the final drama of Joan’s trial and martyrdom with music of the period sung by one of the world’s leading early music vocal groups.

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s moving 1928 film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc is now recognised as one of the great masterpieces of the silent era. Inspired by Dreyer’s searing vision, the Orlando Consort accompanies the film with a live soundtrack of sacred and secular music from the early 15th Century, from haunting plainsong to intricate polyphony, a chanson by Guillaume Dufay and the Agincourt Carol.

'It works wonderfully well . . . an exceptional achievement that reminds us just how potent the combination of silent film and live music can be.'

The Guardian

'The Orlando Consort's performances are simultaneously ravishing and reverential.'

Los Angeles Times

Seating Plan

See ticket prices for St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington below.

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington

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


St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington
EH41 4BZ

Getting there by bus

Several Edinburgh to Haddington routes to the Market Street bus stop. All drop off in the High St, approx. 5-8 mins walk from 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 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.



There is free on-street parking 100m from the church, on the road, and throughout the town.

Only disabled parking is allowed in the church grounds. There are 3 disabled spaces for blue badge holders. Please email [email protected] if you require one of these spaces. First come, first served.

UPDATE: There are no blue badge spaces left for 14/09 Royal Northern Sinfonia or 18/09 BBC SSO concerts.


Tarmac and gravel

Induction Loop:

Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled.

Wheelchair Access:

Access is via the North Side (side) door, available 30 minutes before concert. Press bell for assistance. Level access into venue.

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