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In 1984, a 10-year-old child in Merseyside listened to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on the radio for the very first time…

This encounter resulted in a lifetime’s dedication to the music of 18th-century Venice for violinist Adrian Chandler and the birth of La Serenissima: a world-class ensemble bringing life-affirming Italian baroque music to a global audience.

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Where did our name come from?

La Serenissima takes its name from Venice, the magical North Italian city of winding canals and elegant bridges, traditionally known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice.


Because our focus has always been the musical legacy of Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), born in Venice: a composer, impresario, teacher, violinist – and priest.

Although Vivaldi spent most of his life in Venice, his influence on the development of European music was profound. This has inspired a host of projects exploring links between composers from Venice, Northern Italy and the rest of Europe.

What makes us unique?

We are the only instrumental ensemble on the planet to work exclusively from our own performing editions. A bit like eating a bowl of homemade pasta – we think it tastes better.

Underpinned by research, our commitment to musical discovery has unearthed extraordinary works by neglected composers: from Brescianello to Composer X.

Driven by passion: we package world-class performance to spark engagement from beyond a core classical music following. In doing so, we strive to give more people access to our music.

Our Mission

La Serenissima exists to bring the life-affirming music of 18th-century Venice, Northern Italy and related composers to a global audience.