Dunedin Consort & Scottish Ensemble cancel Seven Last Words

Joint Statement from Scottish Ensemble and Dunedin Consort

As of 17 March 2020, following government advice relating to the developing COVID-19 situation, we have taken the decision to cancel our Seven Last Words tour. This decision stems from the advice restricting all non-essential social contact and travel, which would affect both our musicians and audiences.

We are extremely sad not to be able to bring this wonderful music to our audiences across Scotland, and hope to revisit the project in the future, but for now we feel this is an essential decision to support the continued safety of our players, staff and audiences.

The affected performances are:
26 March — Inverness Cathedral
27 March — Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
28 March — Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
29 March — V & A, Dundee
31 March — Milton Court, London

All ticket holders should receive full information from the relevant box office in the coming days — please bear with us as we set up this system (particularly as our partner box offices are currently dealing with this sort of issue across a range of events). Full refunds will be offered.

Like many arts organisations, we face extraordinary unknowns when dealing with this ever-changing situation. We would be extremely grateful to any audience member who feels able to transform their ticket purchase into a donation to one or both of our organisations. This will allow us to continue to offset the financial impact of our inevitable loss in box office income — which both Dunedin Consort and Scottish Ensemble rely on as part of our financial planning. In particular, we wish to continue supporting our valued and exceptional freelance musicians and to mitigate the financial effects upon them, at a time when the effect of multiple cancellations could have a dramatic impact on their livelihoods.

Box offices will be able to share further information as to how to facilitate your donation directly following your ticket refund, or you can click here to make a donation to Scottish Ensemble or here to make a donation to Dunedin Consort.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow government advice regarding future concerts. We will update our audiences and stakeholders as quickly and regularly as we can.

We thank all our audiences, partners and funders for their understanding, and look forward to sharing more music with you as soon as we can, and wish you all the best for your own well-being in this extraordinary situation.