Church wall is hit by a second orchestra truck

Church wall is hit by a second orchestra truck


norman lebrecht

September 15, 2022

This week’s visit by Scottish Opera to the 700 year-old St Mary’s Parish Church, in Haddington, East Lothian, has left the gate pillar in ruins after a collision with the company’s truck.

Last year, the same pillar was knocked down by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s truck.

Maybe they should stick to string quartets.
Report here.


  • CA says:

    What the $&@#???? No excuse.

  • UK Arts Administrator says:

    Reading the news report, and looking at the photos, the gate pillar hasn’t been demolished. Apparently a vehicle (Scottish Opera say it was from one of their contractors) nudged out of alignment one of the stone blocks that forms the gatepost. You can see photos of last year’s BBC truck accident (which caused quite some damage), and this year’s rather less dramatic version at

    • Patricia L Miller says:

      Exactly. I’m in Haddington for the Festival at the moment. While there has been some new damage, the pillar is hardly in ruins—although any damage is troublesome, of course, and will require a repair expenditure.

  • Edoardo says:

    They should probably move that pillar… 😀

  • soavemusica says:

    In a church, only church music could be sung and played.

    Matthew 21:13 “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer.”

    The interpretation of stately churches seems to be that a classical form makes any substance suitable. Well, at least someone still attend, then.

  • Maria says:

    Must be a blind corner or something for two lorries to hit the same wall. A bit like certain bends on some of roads that always seem to get the same sort of accident. Let’s hope no one gets killed on the third attempt before something is done about the problem – and it’s obviously not the driver.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    Looks like a tight squeeze for a delivery van. Since it’s not original anymore anyway, they might rethink that cargo delivery entrance.