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).
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 2013 release of Bach’s John Passion (Reconstruction of Bach’s Passion liturgy) was Record of the Month in both Gramophone (March issue) and BBC Music Magazine (April issue). 2013 also saw the release of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos on Linn Records also nominated for a Gramophone award (2014).
Dunedin’s most recent release is a unique attempt to reimagine the original performance of Mozart’s Requiem, using a new scholarly edition by Mozart scholar David Black and utilising the same forces used at the likely first performance of the piece at Mozart’s own memorial service in the Michaelkirche in Vienna.