The Dunedin Consort Performs Handel

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Sun 24 Sept 7.15pm

Duration 2 hours 45 minutes

Il Trionfo del Tempo e Del Disinganno



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Photo credit: John Wood

Scotland’s world-class Dunedin Consort has given some of our most inspiring concerts. They close the festival with one of Handel’s endlessly rewarding oratorios – a rarity this time.

The discussions and arguments of four allegorical figures – Beauty, Pleasure, Time and Truth – provided the young Handel with the material for this, his first oratorio, composed in Rome in 1707. And the work was immediately a stunning success. Virtuoso arias, brilliant concertos and powerful ensemble pieces showcase the 22 year old composer revelling in the possibilities of his limitless talent.

'This is a beautifully crafted performance . . .Theres an easy flow to the tempos and the glowing singing of the arias is matched by deeply impressive instrumental obbligatos.'

The Sunday Times

'Butt's direction combines spontaneous freshness with a care for expressive phrasing and precise colouring.'


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.


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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