The Dunedin Consort takes its name from Edinburgh’s castle (Din Eidyn) and, like the famous landmark, has great cultural significance in Scotland’s capital city and beyond. Founded by Susan Hamilton and Ben Parry, the Dunedin Consort, under the musical direction of John Butt, has consolidated its existing strength in the Baroque repertoire, winning the 2008 Midem Baroque Award and the 2007 Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Vocal Album (for its recording of the original Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah).
Its commitment to excellence in both live performances and recordings, coupled with the latest research in historical performance, is complemented by its strong belief in supporting new music. As part of its contemporary strand, it has commissioned and performed works by living composers – including William Sweeney, Errollyn Wallen, Peter Nelson and Sally Beamish – to complement and enhance the meaning of the old masterpieces.
The Dunedin Consort has performed at music festivals in Scotland (including the Edinburgh International Festival), Canada, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Israel and France, broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Scotland, and enjoys a close relationship with Linn Records.
Dunedin Consort’s 2008 releases of Bach’s Matthew Passion (Last Performing Version, c. 1742) and Handel’s Acis & Galatea (Original Cannons Performing Version, 1718) both received many plaudits, including a Gramophone Award nomination for Acis & Galatea. In 2010 Dunedin released Bach’s Mass in B Minor (Breitkopf & Härtel Edition, edited by Joshua Rifkin, 2006) to critical acclaim. Dunedin released Handel’s first English Oratorio, Esther, in 2012, which provides a fitting sequel to Acis & Galatea. Their recent release of Bach’s John Passion (Reconstruction of Bach’s Passion liturgy) was nominated Record of the Month in both Gramophone (March issue) and BBC Music Magazine (April issue). 2013 sees also the release of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos on Linn Records.