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2013 – 14 SEASON EDINBURGH, GLASGOW, PERTH, ABERDEEN, HADDINGTON It gives me great pleasure to introduce such a stimulating programme of events for our 2013–14 season. We will be appearing across Scotland and Europe to perform not just the familiar Dunedin favourites, but also a number of works that are new to our repertoire.

Passion. If you favour Bach’s John Passion, visit us in Perth where we will be reconstructing the full Good Friday liturgy. Whilst we retain our focus on Bach and the eighteenthcentury, we will also be looking back into the previous century exploring the heart-wrenching music of Italian composer, Claudio Monteverdi. To round off the season we perform for the first time with the internationallyrenowned countertenor Iestyn Davies in Edinburgh and at the Wigmore Hall in London, in some sublime yet rarely heard music by Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Sebastian’s second cousin. This will also be the first of our Bach 300 project where during the course of 2014 we will be tracking Bach’s work during 1714. Keep tuned for more details throughout the season.

We open with one of the best-loved choral works, Mozart’s Requiem, which we will also be recording for Linn in September. With a characteristically fresh take on the classic, we will give you a chance to hear us perform it for the first time in both Perth and Haddington, the latter marking our return once again to the Lammermuir Festival. After a quick visit to Brittany in the Autumn to perform Bach’s John Passion at the Lanvellec Festival, we return for our annual Messiahs. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without these concerts, which you can catch in both Edinburgh and Glasgow for some respite from the hectic festive season. But we can guarantee that such respite will not equate to rest, or even sleep!

I am sure you will agree that this looks like a thrilling series of concerts and I hope you will be able to join us wherever you are!

This Easter, we are delighted to be appearing for the first time at Glasgow’s fantastic City Halls, with Bach’s Matthew

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MOZART REQUIEM 17 & 22 SEPTEMBER 2013 Centred on Mozart’s beloved Requiem, this programme reconstructs both the score and the original forces of the very first performance of this enduring masterpiece, so that you will hear it as it sounded in January 1793. We set this great work with the music of the young composer’s development, including the concerto style that Mozart inherited from the Bach family, and some of his earlier writing for the Church. In his Vespers K339, you will hear a fascinating glimpse of a young Mozart, as he integrates strict traditional church practice into his own lyrical and dramatic style. Marvel at the combination of discipline and free expression from this perfect composer, one of the most overwhelmingly powerful figures in the history of western music. date 17th September 2013 venue Perth Concert Hall time 7.30pm tickets £22, £17, £12 (concessions available)


CPE Bach Cello Concerto in A major Wq.172 WA Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 WA Mozart Requiem in D Minor K. 626 (New Edition of Sußmayer’s Completion)

22nd September 2013 St Mary’s Church, Haddington, Lammermuir Festival time 7.30pm tickets £25, £20, £15, £10 date venue


John Butt

John Butt “isProfessor of that rare breed: a


Jonathan Manson — Cello Joanne Lunn — Soprano Rowan Hellier — Mezzo Soprano Thomas Hobbs — Tenor Matthew Brook — Bass

music academic who is also a genuinely thrilling performer.

the guardian



Handel Messiah 20 & 21 DECEMBER 2013 The Dunedin Consort returns at Christmas time for its ever popular performance of Handel’s Messiah. An exciting line up of talented soloists joins Scotland’s leading baroque ensemble. Come and hear one of the most loved and familiar works in the classical music canon performed with freshness and clarity, as if for the first time. date 20th December 2013 venue The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh time 7.30pm tickets £25, £22, £17, £12 (concessions available)

6.30pm Pre-Concert Talk Rosenna East and John Butt discuss Handel’s Messiah and how the Dunedin Consort approaches their performance of this timeless work. Free for ticket holders. supported by dunard fund date 21st December 2013 venue Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum time 8pm tickets £17.50, £15 (concessions available)


John Butt soloists

Mhairi Lawson — Soprano Alexandra Gibson — Alto James Oxley — Tenor Robert Davies — Bass

offer “aThey dramatic

immediacy of expression that scarcely any choir can match

choral journal



Bach Matthew Passion 12 & 13 APRIL 2014 Dunedin Consort’s interpretation of Bach’s Matthew Passion is now an established highlight of Edinburgh’s concert calendar. This year, we also share the experience with our Glasgow audiences. Just as Bach did, we use eight solo voices in place of a chorus, generating a kaleidoscopic range of vocal combinations and sonorities. We combine these voices with the supremely expressive sounds of our period instruments, creating an astounding range of emotional expression and interpretative depth. date 12th April 2014 venue Glasgow City Halls time 7.30pm tickets £20, £15 (concessions available)


John Butt soloists

Joanne Lunn — Soprano Clare Wilkinson — Alto Jeremy Budd — Evangelist Robert Davies — Jesus and Bass

date 13th April 2014 venue The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh time 3pm tickets £25, £22, £17, £12 (concessions available)

Rachel Redmond — Soprano Margot Oitzinger — Alto Malcolm Bennett — Tenor Jonathan Sells — Bass

supported by dunard fund

NYCoS National Boys Choir — Chorales


bbc music magazine



Bach JOHN Passion 16 APRIL 2014 Bach’s smaller passion is by no means a lightweight affair. With its direct expression and unstoppable narrative, the composer sets out to disturb the listener in a completely different way from the emotional style of the Matthew Passion. This performance celebrates the first anniversary of our landmark recording of this work, complete with original liturgy. It also marks the start of an international tour that will see Dunedin take its distinctive interpretations back to Bach’s own homeland of Thuringia in Germany. date 16th April 2014 venue St John’s Kirk, Perth time 7.30pm tickets £20, £15 (concessions available


John Butt soloists

Joanne Lunn — Soprano Margot Oitzinger — Alto Thomas Walker — Tenor and Evangelist Jonathan Sells — Jesus and Bass

for advance bookings)

Rarely does academia “translate so directly and

with such visceral impact to the stage the guardian



Monteverdi Madrigals of Love and War 10 & 11 MAY 2014 In this programme, we journey through Monteverdi’s visceral musical settings of texts evoking the power of love through the allegory of war. Published towards the end of his life in 1638, twenty years after his previous collection, these astonishing works take the notion of the ‘madrigal’ to its very limit. In these groundbreaking works Monteverdi established the emotional codes for music that would dominate for a century or more. With Dunedin’s distinctive soloist-led performance, we explore, through quicksilver responses, the nuance and mood of these texts. date venue

10th May 2014


University of Aberdeen Chapel Full details to be announced in November 2013

Claudio Monteverdi Sinfonia de Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria Hor che’l ciel e la terra Tempro la Cetra Lamento della Ninfa Si dolce tormento Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda

in association with university of aberdeen. date 11th May 2014 venue The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh time 3pm tickets £22, £20, £15, £10

Dario Castello – Sonata decima sesta a 4 per stromenti d’arco Biagio Marini – Passacaglia

(concessions available)


John Butt

Butt’s direction combines “spontaneous freshness


Nicholas Mulroy — Tenor Mhairi Lawson — Soprano Clare Wilkinson — Mezzo Soprano Giles Underwood — Bass

with a care for expressive phrasing and precise colouring.

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cantatas FOR THE SOUL with iestyn davies 22 JUNE 2014 Often interpreted as the very sound of the human soul, Bach had a particular affinity for the alto voice. We are delighted to bring you one of the finest and most heavenly counter-tenor voices of today, Iestyn Davies, to perform two of Bach’s finest cantatas for solo alto. We also bring you a work from JS Bach’s second cousin – Johann Christoph – by far the finest composer in the family before Sebastian, and one of the first musicians that the young Sebastian would have encountered. Christoph also wrote some of the best violin obbligatos of his time, which undoubtedly inspired the young Sebastian’s interest in the string family, which we celebrate here in the glorious Brandenburg Concerto no 6. date 22nd June 2014 venue The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh time 3pm tickets £22, £20, £15, £10

(concessions available)

... when counter-tenor “Iestyn Davies sang his

solos, his extraordinary tonal richness and imaginative phrasing combined into something truly unforgettable

the guardian


J Christoph Bach Ach dass ich wassers g’nug hätte JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto no 6 BWV 54 Widerstehe doch der Sünde Violin Concerto in A Minor BWV 170 Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust director

John Butt soloists

Iestyn Davies — Countertenor Cecilia Bernardini — Violin James Boyd — Viola Alfonso Leal — Viola







Sat 21st Handel Messiah 8pm

18th January Workshop

Sat 12th Bach Matthew Passion 7.30pm

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum



Tue 17th Mozart Requiem 7.30pm Perth Concert Hall

Glasgow University

Fri 20th Handel Messiah 7.30pm

24th–26th January Workshop

The Queen’s Hall

St Mary’s in Broughton

11th January Workshop Perth Concert Hall 1st February Workshop



Aberdeen University

Sun 22nd Mozart Requiem 7.30pm St Mary’s Church Lammermuir Festival 16



Glasgow City Halls Sun 13th Bach Matthew Passion 3pm The Queen’s Hall

Sun 11th Sun 22nd Monteverdi Cantatas Madrigals for The Soul of Love with Iestyn and War Davies 3pm 3pm The Queen’s Hall

Wed 16th Bach John Passion St John’s Kirk Sat 10th Monteverdi

Madrigals of Love and War


University of Aberdeen Chapel

The Queen’s Hall

VENUE & BOOKING DETAILS Edinburgh: The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG tel 0131 668 2019 GLASGOW: Kelvingrove Museum, Argyle St., Glasgow G3 8AG tel 0141 353 8000 Glasgow: City Halls, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY tel 0141 353 8000 Perth: Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ tel 01738 621031 Perth: St John’s Kirk, St. John’s Place, Perth PH1 5SZ tel 01738 621031 HADDINGTON: St Mary’s Church, Lammermuir Festival

online booking details available at

ON THE ROAD Treguier Cathedral, France 19th October 2013 Bach, John Passion, Lanvellec Festival Weimar, Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul, Germany 18th April 2014 Bach, John Passion Eisenach, Wartburg Castle, Germany 19th April 2014 Instrumental music by Bach and Telemann with Maurice Steger Wigmore Hall, London 24th June 2014 Bach Cantatas with Iestyn Davies


WORKSHOPS Bach Christmas Oratorio Join John Butt and singers from the Dunedin Consort to work intensively on one of Bach’s most well know works. In the hands of Bach expert, John Butt, you are guaranteed to get to know in depth one of the most popular pieces of the choral repertoire. Day Workshops:

11th January – Perth Concert Hall 18th January – Glasgow University 1st February – Aberdeen University Intensive Weekend:

24th evening – 26th afternoon January – Edinburgh day workshop fee: £45 (£30 Concessions) intensive workshop: £150 (£120 Concessions)

Free for students under 30 in full time education. scores, tea and coffee provided.

BE THE EVANGELIST We want your help to spread the word about Dunedin! If you feel as passionate about our work as we do and can assist us by publicising our concerts to anyone you think might be interested in Dunedin, then this new scheme is just for you. For more information, see


THE DUNEDIN CONCERTS TRUST LIMITED Registered Scottish Charity Number SC025336 Registered in Scotland Company Number SC361385 Directors Sir Muir Russell kcb frse (Chairman) Jo Elliot Shonaig MacPherson cbe frse Kirsteen McCue David McLellan David Strachan Music Director John Butt obe Management Alfonso Leal del Ojo (Chief Executive) David Lee (Production Manager) Vicky Fraser (Production Assistant)

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Brochure for the 2013-14 Scottish Season