In a Dunedin Consort first, we team up with our friends at the Scottish Ensemble to perform James MacMillan’s searing setting of the dying words of Jesus Christ. Premiered by Scottish Ensemble 25 years ago, it has since acquired a central place in the repertoire, connecting with audiences the world over through its astonishing emotional power. Whatever your beliefs, hearing Seven Last Words from the Cross is a transformative experience, one that lingers long after the final note sounds. Juxtaposing moments of aching intensity, heart-rending beauty and raw, keening desolation, this is music that is at once both intensely personal and magnificently universal.
Dunedin Consort returns to the BBC Proms for Bach Night, in homage to the themed composer nights that Henry Wood, founder of the Proms, hosted more than a century ago. Bach’s four orchestral suites – each a collection of dances, dazzling in their colours, textures and dexterity – are interpolated with four new co-commissions from Stuart MacRae, Nico Muhly, Ailie Robertson and Stevie Wishart. Join us in the grandeur of the Albert Hall, as we reimagine Bach’s dances as he might have composed them today.
‘Ensemble brilliance at its most inventive and scintillating’ — The Times