The Singing the Reformation concert takes place in St Giles Cathedral on 20th August 2011 at 7:30pm with the Dunedin Consort and Players. Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers.
Admission: £12 available from the Fringe Box Office or on the door.
The concert on 20 August will take place in St. Giles, appropriate as the burial place of the earl of Moray who was also Regent of Scotland from 1567 to his assassination in 1570. The concert will be given by members of the world-renowned and prizewinning Dunedin Consort and Players, together with Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers. Five singers from the Dunedin Consort will be joined by a consort of Renaissance viols and lute to reproduce domestic music-making in late 16th-century Scotland; the Renaissance Singers will represent church choirs and congregations and will lead the audience in singing a couple of psalm settings from the Wode partbooks.
The progamme will feature music from the various layers found in Wode’s partbooks: psalm settings by David Peebles and John Buchan; anthems by Thomas Tallis, Andro Blackhall and John Fethy; Latin motets by Robert Johnson and Jacob Clemens; French chansons by Orlandus Lassus; Italian madrigals by Jacques Arcadelt and Sebastiano Festa; instrumental music by Tallis and an arrangement of a piece by Giovanni P. da Palestrina; anonymous Scottish lute songs and a Round.
The concert will also mark the launch of a CD ‘The Wode Collection’, recorded by Linn Records, featuring The Dunedin Consort, the viol consort Fretwork, and the lutenist David Miller in a programme of music taken from the Wode partbooks.
Winners of the 2008 Midem Baroque Award and the 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Vocal Album for their recording of Handel’s Messiah (Dublin Version, 1742; Linn CKD 285), Dunedin Consort & Players, under the combined Artistic Direction of John Butt, Susan Hamilton and Philip Hobbs, performs throughout Scotland and Europe
Under the musical direction of John Butt the group has consolidated its existing strength in the Baroque repertoire, while continuing its work in other areas such as Renaissance music. Dunedin's 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, Dunedin 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.
Dunedin has performed at music festivals in Scotland - including the Edinburgh International Festival -, Canada, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Israel and France, and broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Scotland.
Dunedin enjoys a close relationship with Linn Records, named ‘Label of the Year’ at the 2010 Gramophone Awards. In 2008 the Dunedin Consort & Players released Bach's Matthew Passion (Last Performing Version, c. 1742; Linn CKD 313) and Handel's Acis and Galatea (Original Cannons Performing Version, 1718; CKD 319). These have both received numerous plaudits, including the nomination for a Classic FM Gramophone award for Acis and Galatea. In 2010 Dunedin released Bach's Mass in B minor (Final version 1748-50, J. Rifkin; CKD 354) to critical acclaim.
Dunedin Consort & Players takes its name from Edinburgh's castle (Eidyn's Din) and, like the famous landmark, has great cultural significance in Scotland's capital city.
The Dunedin Consort will be directed in this performance by Susan Hamilton.
The Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers is made up mainly of students, graduates and staff of the University of Edinburgh. Founded in 1967 it gives regular concerts in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland, as well as mounting tours abroad, most recently to Andalucia in April 2011, singing in Cordoba, Granada, Malaga and Seville. It has recorded music by English Tudor composers, by Palestrina and Victoria, by Scottish early Reformation composers and music for St. Andrew. It has also broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and on BBC Radio Scotland. It is directed by Dr. Noel O’Regan, senior lecturer in music at the university, whose research into Roman sacred music has provided the choir with many first modern performances of 16th and early 17th-century music.
This article was published on Jul 22, 2011