The Dunedin Consort was founded in 1995 and is named after Din Eidyn, the ancient Celtic name of Edinburgh Castle.
Under the musical direction of John Butt, the ensemble has established itself as the leading Scottish Baroque ensemble, performing at the nation’s major festivals and in Canada, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Israel and France. In addition to performing Baroque and Classical repertoire and researching specific historical performance projects, the ensemble has commissioned and performed works by numerous contemporary composers, including William Sweeney, Errollyn Wallen, Peter Nelson and Sally Beamish.
It broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Scotland, and its discography includes the original Dublin version of Handel’s “Messiah”, which won the 2008 MIDEM Baroque Award and the 2007 Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Vocal Album; Bach’s “Matthew Passion” (Last Performing Version, c. 1742); “Acis and Galatea” (Original Cannons Performing Version, 1718), nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2008; Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” (Breitkopf & Härtel Edition, edited by Joshua Rifkin, 2006); Handel’s first English Oratorio, “Esther”; Bach’s “John Passion”(Reconstruction of Bach’s Passion liturgy) nominated for a Recording of the Year award in both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and, most recently, David Black’s new edition of Mozart’s “Requiem”, which in 2014 won a Gramophone Award and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Other recent recordings include Bach’s “Violin Concertos” with Dunedin’s leader, Cecilia Bernardini, and Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”. Dunedin Consort released their recording of Monteverdi’s “Vespro della Beata Vergine” in the summer of 2017.