Handel and the Italians

Handel Sonata for two violins & continuo in G, Op.2/5
Sonata for violin & continuo in A, Op 2/9
Sonata VIII for violin & continuo in G
Chiacona for 2 violins & continuo in B flat, Opus 2/12
Sonata for two violins & continuo in d, Op.4/8
Handel Sonata for violin & continuo in D
Corelli Sonata for two violins & continuo in D, Op.1/12

La Serenissima

Handel’s early career was spent in Rome, absorbing all he could about the brilliance and flowing lyricism of Italian music. Here he is in the company of some of those endlessly inventive composers, performed in East Linton’s historic church by one of Britain’s finest baroque ensembles.

“La Serenissima play with such finesse, such precision and yet such rollicking good fun, they make every work sparkle and come alive.”
Classical Candor

Running time 1 hour 40 minutes approx

Prestonkirk Parish Church, East Linton

The grassy hill beside the River Tyne on which this historic church stands has been a place of worship since at least the twelfth century.

Indeed, its origins may go back far into the Dark Ages, to the time of St Baldred, whose name is associated with an ancient well beside the river close to this church and to a whirl, or pool, in the river itself.

The present church is a fascinating amalgam of different architectural periods. The main body is Georgian - built in 1770 on the site of the nave of the earlier mediaeval church. Of that only the fine chancel survives, while the bell tower is 17th Century.

Prestonkirk Parish Church, East Linton


Prestonkirk Parish Church, East Linton
EH40 3DS

Getting there by bus

Bus service 120 from Dunbar to North Berwick
Bus stop 20m from the church

Getting there by train

No train services

Getting there by car

24 miles from Edinburgh via A1



There is free on-street car parking outside the church grounds and around the town.

There are three blue badge spaces, by the side of the church, inside the church grounds. Email [email protected] to book a space, subject to availability and forst come, first served.


Tarmac path, on a slope. Flat access into the church through the side door. Prior notice required. Please contact [email protected]

Induction Loop:

Good male/female provision plus adapted toilet for disabled in church hall by car park, two minutes walk from church. One adapted toilet inside church.

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