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April 2018

Vivaldi’s La Favorita

April 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£12 - £25

From his mid-twenties, Antonio Vivaldi was employed as a violin teacher at the Ospedale della Pietá in Venice. Although officially an orphanage, the Ospedale was in reality a home for illegitimate daughters of Venetian noblemen, and was a generously endowed school and residence with one of the finest orchestras in the city. The ‘Red Priest’ wrote several concertos for his preferred student there (La Favorita), and these display wonderfully florid invention and virtuosic pyrotechnics. This is a rare opportunity to…

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May 2018

Handel’s Samson – Handel-Festspiele

May 27 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Konzerthalle Ulrichkirche, Christian-Wolff-Straße 2
Halle (Saale), 06108 Germany
€25 - €50

Handel's oratorio Samson tells of the last days of the great Israelite warrior, in a dramatic story of his journey from darkness to heavenly light. Opening with Samson in chains, having lost his strength and been blinded by the Philistines, it closes with one of Handel's most famous arias, 'Let the bright Seraphim in burning row / their loud, uplifted angel-trumpets blow'. Composed within a few weeks of Handel's Messiah and based on a text by John Milton, it became…

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June 2018

Bach Mass in B Minor

June 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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£12 - £25

“If music has the power to direct our entire existence towards nobleness, this music is great. Bach has achieved this.” Is there a piece in the entire Western musical canon that so fully embodies this sentiment? The B Minor Mass began its life as a job application, but was later assembled towards the end of Bach’s life as a statement of faith: in God, of course, but just as much in music: to offer healing, unity and promise. With its…

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Bach Mass in B Minor – Wigmore Hall Residency

June 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St
London, W1H 0BP United Kingdom
£15 - £50

“If music has the power to direct our entire existence towards nobleness, this music is great. Bach has achieved this.” Is there a piece in the entire Western musical canon that so fully embodies this sentiment? The B Minor Mass began its life as a job application, but was later assembled towards the end of Bach’s life as a statement of faith: in God, of course, but just as much in music: to offer healing, unity and promise. With its…

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July 2018

Venus & Adonis – Samling Academy Opera

July 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Witham, Barnard Castle, 3 Horse Market
Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8LY United Kingdom
£10 - £15

Music Director John Butt conducts the Dunedin Consort in Samling Academy Opera’s production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Henry Purcell’s Come, ye Sons of Art. Featuring Samling Artist Tim Morgan as Cupid and soloists from Samling Academy, this production is directed by Samling Artist Miranda Wright and choreographed by Mandy Demetriou. Don’t miss the chance to witness this double-bill of Blow’s masterpiece, considered the first English opera, and Purcell’s much-loved Baroque ode dedicated to Queen Mary.    

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Venus & Adonis – Samling Academy Opera

July 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sage Two – Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square
Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR United Kingdom
£10 - £18

Music Director John Butt conducts the Dunedin Consort in Samling Academy Opera’s production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Henry Purcell’s Come, ye Sons of Art. Featuring Samling Artist Tim Morgan as Cupid and soloists from Samling Academy, this production is directed by Samling Artist Miranda Wright and choreographed by Mandy Demetriou. Don’t miss the chance to witness this double-bill of Blow’s masterpiece, considered the first English opera, and Purcell’s much-loved Baroque ode dedicated to Queen Mary.    

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Venus & Adonis – Samling Academy Opera

July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sage Two – Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square
Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR United Kingdom
£10 - £18

Music Director John Butt conducts the Dunedin Consort in Samling Academy Opera’s production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Henry Purcell’s Come, ye Sons of Art. Featuring Samling Artist Tim Morgan as Cupid and soloists from Samling Academy, this production is directed by Samling Artist Miranda Wright and choreographed by Mandy Demetriou. Don’t miss the chance to witness this double-bill of Blow’s masterpiece, considered the first English opera, and Purcell’s much-loved Baroque ode dedicated to Queen Mary.    

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August 2018

The Soundworld of Rembrandt

August 1 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Scottish National Gallery, The Mound
Edinburgh, EH2 2EL United Kingdom
£12 - £15

Dunedin Consort returns to National Galleries of Scotland with a programme inspired by the Dutch master Rembrandt. Under the direction of Nicholas Mulroy they present works by the Dutch composers Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Constantijn Huygens, alongside music by seventeenth-century luminaries including Heinrich Schütz and Claudio Monteverdi. All specially selected to complement Rembrandt's exploration of human subjectivities. This event has now sold out.

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Magnificat

August 4 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Espai Ter, Carrer del riu Ter
Torroella de Montgrí, 29 17257 Spain
€42

Bach's glorious Magnificat, composed for his first Christmas in Leipzig, was designed to impress - its elaborate text painting and wide range of moods making it one of the most vivid works in Bach’s choral repertoire. So too, was his intricate motet for double choir, Singet dem Herrn, which Bach composed in Leipzig just a few years later. These choral masterpieces are matched here by the glittering orchestration and staggering virtuosity of his Suite in B minor and Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. 

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Handel’s Samson – Edinburgh International Festival

August 13 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Usher Hall, Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH1 2EA United Kingdom
£7.50 - £47

Handel's oratorio Samson tells of the last days of the great Israelite warrior, in a dramatic story of his journey from darkness to heavenly light. Opening with Samson in chains, having lost his strength and been blinded by the Philistines, it closes with one of Handel's most famous arias, 'Let the bright Seraphim in burning row / their loud, uplifted angel-trumpets blow'. Composed within a few weeks of Handel's Messiah and based on a text by John Milton, it became…

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