Classical music fans are in for a treat with The Brunton’s programme at Northesk Parish Church in Musselburgh in 2024.

Northesk, which is being used as a temporary venue following closure of parts of The Brunton due to a roof survey, is proving “popular” with audiences and musicians alike, organisers said.

“With a lovely acoustic and an intimate atmosphere, this venue is handily just across the road from The Brunton and its Bistro,” added a Brunton spokesperson.

The “exclusive” soloists of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) series continues on Wednesday, March 6, with The Poetic Bassoon from principal bassoonist Cerys Ambrose-Evans, with piano accompaniment. Her programme includes Saint- Saëns’ bassoon sonata with works by Debussy, Tansman and Nadia Boulanger.

On Wednesday, April 17, soloist Max Mandel presents The Lyrical Viola, with piano accompaniment. He recently joined the SCO as principal viola and has chosen a programme which ranges from Schumann’s imaginings of fairytale images to music by an American viola virtuoso, and from British pastoral images to the full romantic riches of Bruch’s Romanze.

The Brunton’s long-running Bitesized Concerts at Lunchtime series continues at Northesk.

“The adjacent church hall is ideal for the optional pre-concert soup and sandwich,” said the Brunton spokesperson.

Audiences are invited to experience The Virtuoso Violin with Emma Baird, accompanied by pianist Anna Michels, on Tuesday, February 20. The performance includes work by Ysaÿe – known as ‘The King of the Violin’ to his contemporaries – and Chausson’s Poème and Bach’s Chaconne from D minor Partita.

Guitarist Tim Beattie returns on Tuesday, March 19, with Guitar Masterpieces, including Piazzolla, whose music is based on his native Argentina’s beloved Tango, Bach and Benjamin Britten’s take on a theme by the renaissance genius and lutenist John Dowland.

As spring arrives, Beautiful Baroque, a concert with Huw Daniel, violin, and Jan Waterfield, harpsichord, can be enjoyed on Tuesday, April 23, with a performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and Arcangelo Corelli.

Tickets for The Brunton’s concerts at Northesk Parish Church are available online at or by calling 0131 653 5245.