Mozart String Quintets I

Prestongrange Church, Prestonpans

Fri 8 Sept 3pm

Duration: 2 hours approx

String Quintet No 1 in B flat major K174

String Quintet No 4 in G minor K516

String Quintet No 5 in D major K593


Photo credit: Dominic Colchester

A unique opportunity to hear all of Mozart’s great quintets in two concerts played by five of Europe’s leading string players. They have come together as a new ensemble called Spunicunifait – a strange and mysterious nonsense-word coined by Mozart, reminding us that this towering giant of classical music could also be a very silly man!

Seating Plan

See ticket prices for Prestongrange Parish Church, Prestonpans below.

Prestongrange Parish Church, Prestonpans

There was a church in Prestonpans from the 12th Century, but it was destroyed in 1544 when English troops laid waste to this part of the Scottish LowIands in Henry VIII’s ‘Rough Wooing’. Prestongrange was one of the first churches to be built in Scotland after the Reformation of 1560.

It was erected in 1596 on land given by Lord Hamilton of Preston and at the expense of its first minister, the redoubtable John Davidson. He was an outspoken follower of John Knox and fierce proponent of the reformed faith who decried bishops, denounced those in the Church who took seats in Parliament and boldly criticised King James VI. He was briefly imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle in 1601 and then banned from leaving his parish for life.

During the Jacobite Rising a later minister, William Carlyle, wrote a report of the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745, having witnessed it from the church tower. The church was extensively restored in 1774 and again in 1891. Only the clock tower and some surrounding masonry remains from the original 1596 building; the outline of the original west gable end can still be seen inside the roof.

Prestongrange Parish Church, Prestonpans


Prestongrange Parish Church, Prestonpans
EH32 9DX

Getting there by bus

Prestonpans is well served by buses

Getting there by train

Prestonpans has a railway station serving the town of Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland. It is located on the North Berwick Line, 9.75 miles east of Edinburgh Waverley. It serves the town of Cockenzie and Port Seton, 1.37 miles away

Getting there by car

Coast road B1348 and top road B1361, both run parallel to the A1



Free on street car parking


Tarmac sloped path; wheelchair ramp into grounds

Induction Loop:

1 unisex toilet (wheelchair accessible but down 4 small steps)

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