The Genius of Handel

St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington

Sat 10 Sept 7.45pm

Ensemble Marsyas

Duration approx. 2 hours

Water Music
Concerto Grosso for 2 Horns and Strings
Apollo e Dafne


Half price concession is for children and students in full time education


Photo credit: Handel and George I on River Thames 17 July 1777 by EdouardHammam (1819 - 88) Wiki Commons

Ensemble Marsyas, drawn from Europe’s finest period instrumentalists, are fondly remembered by Lammermuir Festival-goers for their charismatic musicianship. Here they offer a programme built round two superb pieces by Handel.

The celebrated Water Music needs no introduction, but the ‘mini opera’ on Ovid’s famous story of Apollo and Daphne is a real discovery – composed in Handel’s early years in Rome and given the respectable label ‘cantata’ to get round the Pope’s ban on opera with its unfortunate focus on lust and murderous intrigue.

"An overwhelmingly joyful listening experience."

Early Music Review

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.

UPDATE: There are no blue badge spaces left for 14/09 Royal Northern Sinfonia or 18/09 BBC SSO concerts.


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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