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Jan 2019

Beginning of the Revolution

Jan 7 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
Hunterian Museum, University Avenue, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8QQ United Kingdom
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£5 – £10

Every chapter of history has its turning point, every revolution its leader. The revival of historically informed performance – the lifeblood of what we do at Dunedin Consort – owes much to Arnold Dolmetsch, a fanatical instrument collector who in pioneering the early music revival of the late-nineteenth century ‘opened the door to a forgotten treasure-house of beauty’. Join us as we recreate one of the performances that kick-started this remarkable revolution, where music by Purcell, Handel, Kuhnau and Rameau…

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Beginning of the Revolution

Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Castello 77
Madrid, 28006 Spain
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Every chapter of history has its turning point, every revolution its leader. The revival of historically informed performance – the lifeblood of what we do at Dunedin Consort – owes much to Arnold Dolmetsch, a fanatical instrument collector who in pioneering the early music revival of the late-nineteenth century ‘opened the door to a forgotten treasure-house of beauty’. Join us as we recreate one of the performances that kick-started this remarkable revolution, where music by Purcell, Handel, Kuhnau and Rameau…

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Feb 2019

Handel: Apollo & Daphne

Feb 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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Handel: Apollo & Daphne

Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Barber Institute, University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TS United Kingdom
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£5 – £18

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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Handel: Apollo & Daphne

Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
University of Glasgow — Chapel, University Avenue
Glasgow, G12 8QQ
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£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 e Dafne. 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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Mar 2019

B Minor Mass

Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Oslo Cathedral, Karl Johans gate 11
Oslo, 0154 Norway

The B Minor Mass is one of Bach’s greatest curiosities. A true piece of musical patchwork, this extraordinary amalgamation of arrangements, recomposed fragments and new ideas together spans more than 25 years of Bach’s career. And yet, Bach never heard it performed. Nor did he expect to - since it fits neither the Catholic or Protestant liturgy, its purpose remains tantalisingly elusive. But in its scale, ambition and dramatic, inexorable unfolding, the B Minor Mass remains one of his most…

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Apr 2019

Matthew Passion

Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aberdeen Music Hall, Union Street
Aberdeen, AB10 1QS United Kingdom
£5 – £25

From 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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Matthew Passion

Apr 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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Bach for Easter Sunday

Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street
Perth, PH1 5HZ United Kingdom
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£5 – £23.50

Spend Easter Sunday in the company of Dunedin Consort and J.S. Bach. The programme features two cantatas, each presenting a vivid and moving account of the Easter story. The glimmering opening of Himmelskönig, sei wilkommen is contrasted with the rousing chorale cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden, one of Bach’s best-loved works. These vocal masterpieces are paired with the sparkling Orchestral Suite in B minor, which features the astonishing virtuosity of Dunedin Consort’s principal flautist Katy Bircher.

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Bach and Handel at The Brunton

Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Brunton, Ladywell Way
Musselburgh, EH21 6AA United Kingdom
£18 – £22

An irresistible programme of baroque masterpieces, including Bach's B Minor Flute Suite with its sparkling dances and rich sonorities, and his hauntingly beautiful Cantata 'Ich habe genug'. No composer can lift the spirits like Handel, and his Water Music -- written to be played on a barge on the Thames -- is so full of energy and joy that it will send you tapping your toes into the evening.

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