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The Queen’s Hall

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85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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Edinburgh’s leading Classical Music venue

January 2012

Brandenburg/Cantata Series I, Edinburgh

Friday 6th January @ 7:30 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£9.50

Dunedin celebrates its 15th anniversary season with three concerts that include all of Bach’s richly varied Brandenburg concertos and some of his fines cantatas. From the soaring oboe writing in Cantata BWV 156 to the virtuosic choral writing of BWV 72, lovers of vocal and instrumental works will find some gems to take home. SUPPORTED BY DUNARD FUND Brandenburg 5. In conversation with Rosenna East from Dunedin Consort on Vimeo .

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February 2012

Brandenburg/Cantata Series II, Edinburgh

Tuesday 7th February @ 7:30 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£9.50

Dunedin Consort with its music director, John Butt, continues the journey of the Brandenburg Concertos juxtaposing them with some of his most exquisite cantatas. This programme explores the rich sound world of Bach's music. Brandenburg concerto no 6 presents the uncommon combination violas da gamba and da braccio and the other-wordly sound of Cantata 106 'Actus Tragicus' with gambas and recorders. SUPPORTED BY DUNARD FUND Brandenburg Cantata Series I - Dunedin Consort from Dunedin Consort

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March 2012

Matthew Passion, Edinburgh

Wednesday 28th March @ 7:30 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£12

Dunedin Consort and Players will perform St Matthew Passion by JS Bach for the twelfth year in succession. The Passion was first performed at Easter between 1727 and 1729 and Dunedin's performances have now become firmly rooted in Scotland’s musical calendar. Dunedin sings in German and the emotion and drama of the Passion story alternates with Picander’s poignant and devotional verse. SUPPORTED BY DUNARD FUND

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May 2012

Brandenburg/Cantata Series III, Edinburgh

Sunday 6th May @ 7:30 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£9.50

Dunedin's final season concert completes the Brandenburgs set with the impossibly virtuosic Brandenburg concerto number 2 for Trumpet, Violin, Oboe and Recorder. Bach's Cantata BWV 174 is one of those gems that show how Bach re-invented his own music, in this occasion his Brandenburg concerto no 3. SUPPORTED BY DUNARD FUND BWV 174 Sinfonia from Dunedin Consort on Vimeo .

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May 2014

Monteverdi Madrigals of Love and War – Edinburgh

Sunday 11th May @ 3:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£10 – £22

In this programme we celebrate Monteverdi's poems about the pursuit 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

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December 2014

Handel’s Messiah – Edinburgh

Sunday 21st December @ 7:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas in Edinburgh without the Dunedin Consort’s annual performance of Handel’s celebrated Messiah. Join Scotland’s premier baroque ensemble, with its unique soloist-led singers and world-class period instrumentalists, under the direction of the inimitable John Butt, for a concert that cannot fail to get you in the mood for the festive season! John Butt, Director Mhairi Lawson - Soprano Rowan Hellier - Alto Thomas Walker - Tenor David Shipley

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December 2015

Children’s Messiah

Sunday 20th December @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£5

Fun for all the family is guaranteed in this short 45 min concert specifically devised for children which will include all the best tunes from Handel's Messiah! No age restriction! https://youtu.be/GfZqZlUN1qE

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Handel’s Messiah

Sunday 20th December @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£5 – £25

With Messiah Dunedin Consort returns to its Christmas seasonal favourite. With different soloists and combinations of singers and players for every set of performances, this piece seems to mould itself to the special contributions of each artist, miraculously sounding new every time Dunedin Consort performs it. Of all his Handel’s oratorios, this is the one that he designed for the largest possible range of performing circumstances, and in this adaptability surely lies something of its magic. Cannot make the concert? Consider ordering…

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February 2016

Bach & Handel with Sophie Bevan

Wednesday 24th February @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£10 – £22
Credit Sussie Ahlburg

The soprano voice clearly inspired both Bach and Handel, those two exact contemporaries who were otherwise so different in temperament. For Bach, the voice could embody a sort of etherial purity but also provide considerable virtuosity and rhetorical energy. For Handel the soprano could be the medium for heartbreaking passion, as in ‘Alpestre Monte’, but also supreme, almost wild, joy, as in the long-lost Gloria. Both composers also shared an interest in the instrumental concerto genre, creating conversations between bodies…

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March 2016

St Matthew Passion, Edinburgh

Saturday 19th March @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom

Dunedin Consort's interpretation of Bach's Matthew Passion is now an established highlight of Edinburgh's concert calendar. As Bach did, we use eight solo voices in place of a the more common large 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. Daniela Lehner has had to withdraw from this engagement. We are very grateful to Emilie…

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August 2016

Dunedin Consort with Danielle de Niese

Saturday 13th August @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom

Danielle de Niese is sadly unable to join us due to illness. We wish her a speedy recovery. We are delighted Louise Alder is able to join us at short notice. International opera star Danielle de Niese is one of today’s most sought-after sopranos, with a musical personality as dazzling as her vocal virtuosity, and praised for her sparkling, vivid singing on opera and concert stages worldwide. For her International Festival debut, she joins Scotland’s own leading period-performance ensemble. The…

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December 2016

Children’s Messiah

Monday 19th December @ 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£5

Dunedin Consort’s Children’s Messiah is back this year by popular demand. Scotland’s own internationally renowned Baroque ensemble perform highlights from Handel’s much-loved masterpiece Messiah in this 45-minute performance, which includes the famous Hallelujah chorus. Dunedin Consort will take the audience on an interactive journey through the music with explanations and participatory games, suitable for all the family. Get into the festive spirit and experience some of the best bits of one of classical music’s greatest masterpieces. https://youtu.be/GfZqZlUN1qE

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Handel’s Messiah, Edinburgh

Monday 19th December @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£12 – £25

As Handel’s best-loved work, Messiah presents a journey through many of the central values associated with the festive season, best represented in the words of the Angel: ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.’ With its effervescent choruses, interspersed with both virtuosic and beautifully lyrical arias demonstrating Handel’s unique gift for vocal writing, its humanity still readily communicates with listeners today. With the expert direction of John Butt and…

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January 2017

Suites and Cantatas, Edinburgh

Friday 20th January @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£10 – £22

Kate Molleson in conversation with John Butt at 6.30pm. In addition to his role as Cantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig, from 1729 until the early 1740s Bach also held the position of Music Director of the city’s Collegium Musicum. This offered him the opportunity to experiment with novel orchestral timbres. Bach took full advantage of these instrumental resources, synthesising his characteristically intense counterpoint with visceral dance forms to create tangibly physical musical textures. In this programme, we explore two…

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April 2017

Matthew Passion, Edinburgh

Friday 14th April @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£12 – £25

When Bach composed his setting of the passion narrative from Matthew’s gospel for the Good Friday liturgy at Leipzig’s Thomaskirche in 1729, he could scarcely have imagined the universal connection that it was to make with musicians and audiences across the world. Even in the secular age, its relevance and impact are no less arresting. Whilst less immediately dramatic than the John Passion, its combination of choruses, arias and extended ariosos present unparalleled insight into and meditative reflections on some…

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August 2017

Seeds of Venice – Edinburgh International Festival

Saturday 5th August @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom

Edinburgh’s own Dunedin Consort, under scholar and charismatic director John Butt, is fast becoming one of the UK’s most respected early music groups, renowned for its vivid, passionate performances that crackle with energy. They bring a sense of enormous excitement to the launch of the 2017 Queen’s Hall concerts – with the modern-day premiere of a recently rediscovered work by Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schütz. Combattimento is German composer Schütz’s transcription of Monteverdi’s bewitching Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda,…

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December 2018

Children’s Messiah

Wednesday 19th December @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£5

Fun for all the family is guaranteed in our interactive 45-minute concerts specifically devised for children which will include all the best tunes from Handel’s Messiah. You can even expect an appearance from Handel himself to introduce his most famous melodies…! No age restriction. Adults with tickets to the evening performance of Handel’s Messiah go free to this event.

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Messiah

Wednesday 19th December @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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£5 – £25

When Handel’s Messiah was first unveiled to the public in 1742, it caused a sensation. Dublin’s Musick Hall was so full that the men attended ‘without swords’ and the ladies were asked to wear skirts ‘without hoops’ to make room for more listeners. The press declared a triumph: ‘The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender... conspired to transport and charm the ravished Heart and Ear.’ More than 250 years on, it still holds a remarkable place in the repertoire, its…

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February 2019

Handel: Apollo & Daphne

February 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£5 – £22

In the years before his reputation as the opera composer du jour was forged, Handel poured his creativity into a series of increasingly adventurous cantatas, among the most ambitious of which is Apollo and Daphne. Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, this ancient fable finds striking parallels with modern day power struggles, as Daphne fights to resist Apollo’s advances and transforms herself into a laurel tree, her branches watered forever by his tears. This extraordinary tale of passion and penitence is rendered…

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April 2019

Matthew Passion

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
£5 – £25

jFrom the intractable swell of the opening chorus to the profound solemnity of the last, its tone one of quiet resignation, the Matthew Passion is a work with the power to move us like no other. Bach conceived it on a grand scale, allowing for double chorus and double orchestra, and the themes it explores are just as monumental too. How each of us, of all faiths and none, can find joy and hope even amidst the depths of sorrow.…

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May 2019

Bach: The Last Resort

May 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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£5 – £22

Bach’s rich musical legacy as we know it today is partly the result of a historical accident. When he applied for the position of Kantor at Leipzig’s Thomaskirche in 1722, Bach was only third choice for the post. Telemann turned the offer down after some deliberation and Graupner was not released from his post of Kapellmeister in Hesse. ‘Since we cannot get the best, then we will have to settle for average’, the Council concluded, as it handed the title…

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August 2019

Edinburgh International Festival – Bach’s Multiple Concertos

August 22 @ 11:00 am
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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£11 – £35

The International Festival’s six-concert survey of J S Bach’s complete keyboard concertos comes to a spectacular conclusion in The Queen’s Hall. The International Festival’s six-concert survey of J S Bach’s complete keyboard concertos moves from St Cecilia’s Hall to a spectacular conclusion in The Queen’s Hall. Four of today's most exciting, renowned harpsichordists make a rare appearance together alongside musicians from Scotland’s magnificent Dunedin Consort, in Bach’s remarkable concertos for three and four keyboards – from the virtuosic brilliance of…

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Edinburgh International Festival – Bach’s Secular Cantatas

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85 - 89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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£11 – £35

Performances that entertain, amuse, provoke and surprise: Scotland’s Dunedin Consort is one of the world’s finest early music ensembles, its fleet, fresh music-making directed with exceptional vigour by harpsichordist and scholar John Butt. Bringing the Queen’s Hall series to a gloriously theatrical close, the Dunedin players and Butt offer a rare chance to experience the closest J S Bach ever came to opera, in two larger-than-life cantatas. Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde depicts a bitterly fought song contest between Apollo and Pan…

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