The Band were delighted to be able to host the first Concert of the year once again in the fantastic surrounding of Scotland's largest Church - St. Mary's, on Hardgate in the historic town of Haddington. This year, Haddington is celebrating its SeptCentenary receiving a charter granted by Robert the Bruce to the Scottish town in 1318, confirming its status as a Royal Burgh, and Haddington700 is a year of planned celebrations to mark the occasion.
Our Concert reflected this celebration with a trip through the musical ages, from early baroque to modern times. We were particularly delighted to have our Training Band with us, who played a number of pieces to start the second half of the programme, and who joined us for our Finale piece!
The 1318 charter is the oldest document cared for by East Lothian Archives and at the time it was granted, the town of Haddington had already been a burgh for 200 years. An older charter granted by King David I had been lost, and so the Bruce charter reconfirmed Haddington's right to hold a market and collect customs.
The charter, which with its accompanying seal has been conserved by National Records of Scotland, is written in Latin on vellum. It was kept by National Records of Scotland until 2012, when the John Gray Centre opened.
The Haddington 700 celebrations include Concerts like our own Brass Band night at St Marys, and exhibitions, school storytelling, archaeological geophysical surveys, as well as numerous events planned by more than 35 community groups including a film festival and art exhibitions.