Dunedin Consort takes its name from Edinburgh’s castle (Din Eidyn) and, like that famous landmark, has great cultural significance in Scotland’s capital city and beyond. Under the musical direction of John Butt, Dunedin Consort has consolidated its existing strength in the Baroque repertoire, winning the 2008 Midem Baroque Award and the 2007 Gramophone Baroque Vocal Award for its recording of the original Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah.
Dunedin Consort has appeared at music festivals in Scotland (including the Edinburgh International Festival, Lammermuir Festival and East Neuk 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.
Their 2008 releases of Bach’s Matthew Passion (last performing version, c.1742) and Handel’s Acis and Galatea (original Cannons performing version, 1718) both received many plaudits, including a Gramophone Award nomination for Acis and Galatea. In 2010 the ensemble’s recording of Bach’s Mass in B minor (Breitkopf & Härtel edition by Joshua Rifkin, 2006) won critical acclaim, while 2012 saw a fitting sequel to Acis and Galatea with the release of Handel’s first English oratorio, Esther.
2013 saw the release of two further Bach recordings on Linn: the John Passion (reconstruction of Bach’s Passion liturgy) was ‘Recording of the Month’ in both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, and the Brandenburg Concertos were nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2014. That year also saw the release of Mozart’s Requiem. This unique attempt to reimagine the original performance – using a new scholarly edition by David Black and the same forces as would have been heard at the work’s likely first performance, at Mozart’s own Requiem Mass in Vienna – won the Dunedin Consort its second Gramophone Award (Choral category) and was also nominated for a 2015 American GRAMMY Award.