Mon 16 Sept 7.30pm
Duration: approx. 1 hour 15 mins
Lamentation de la Vierge au pied de la CroixCrucifixus
£26.25 / £21 / £15.75
Half price concession for children and students in full time education
Credit: Robin Mitchell
Vox Luminis move from the Middle Ages to the Baroque in this rich, intense programme of music dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Lotti’s most famous work looks back to the great Venetian era of Monteverdi at St Mark’s Cathedral while the spatial grandeur and dramatic sweep of Scarlatti’s 10-part Stabat Mater make it one of the most impressive achievements in early 18th-century sacred music.
'The singing is particularly beautiful or impassioned… in the Stabat mater… the group’s voices gloriously expressive while retaining clarity and immaculate coherence…'
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.