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Seven Last Words

with Dunedin Consort

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£12 – £25

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James MacMillan’s setting of the dying words of Jesus Christ is astonishing. Through moments of aching intensity, heart-rending beauty and raw, keening desolation, we are guided through an experience that somehow manages to feel both intensely personal, and magnificently universal. Vivid and alive with the composer’s distinctive style, strings combine with voices to create a truly chilling, brutal, beautiful, transcendent piece of music that boldly reaches out to its listener, whatever their beliefs.

Commissioned in 1994 by the BBC, SE gave the premiere performance of the work on live television across the seven consecutive nights of Easter Week. More than two decades later, in its 50th anniversary year, we will revisit the piece in collaboration with another leading Scottish group, Dunedin Consort.

The engrossing intensity and sheer emotional weight of MacMillan’s landmark work is one of its most precious qualities; across 45 minutes, the listener is offered not so much a depiction of a religious scene, but the sense of a transformative experience that lingers long after the final note sounds. To capture and honour its power, this hour-long concert centres around this singular work, offering it the space it requires and deserves.

Dunedin Consort is one of the world’s leading Baroque ensembles, recognised for its vivid and insightful performances and recordings which aim to make early music relevant to the present day. Under the direction of John Butt, the ensemble has won two coveted Gramophone Awards – for the 2007 recording of Handel’s Messiah and the 2014 recording of Mozart’s Requiem.

Programme

Carlo Gesualdo
O crux benedicta

Erkki-Sven Tüür
L’ombra della croce

James MacMillan
Seven Last Words From The Cross

James MacMillan
For Sonny

Arvo Pärt
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Jacobus Gallus
Filiae Jerusalem

Supported by

Resonate, a PRS Foundation initiative in partnership with Association of British Orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and Boltini Trust

Accessibility

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If you have any access-related queries, or are planning to attend a performance and would like to discuss your access requirements in advance, please email the Guildhall Facilities Department or call 020 7628 2571 and ask to speak to the duty manager.

Accessible parking for Milton Court is available at Barbican Car Park 3

What to Expect

If this is your first time attending a Scottish Ensemble performance and you’re not quite sure what to expect, you may be interested in the What to Expect page on our website. 

The programme for this concert will be available online before the concert and large print and audio versions can be provided on request. 

If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing office@scottishensemble.co.uk or by giving us a call on 0141 332 4747.

Milton Court, London

Tue 31 Mar 2020 at 7:30 pm

1 Milton Street, London, EC2Y 9BH