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In times of isolation we find ourselves longing for community - for acts of kindness, understanding, and generosity of spirit.

Few texts seem more fitting just now than the opening of the Lamentations of Jeremiah: ‘How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she who was great among the nations!’ 

As we come to terms with a prolonged period of social isolation, we reflect upon these themes in music from the Renaissance to the present day. From Orlande de Lassus’s exquisite five-part 'Lamentations' and William Byrd’s haunting 'Ne irascaris Domine' and 'Civitas sancti tui', to the contemporary voices of James MacMillan and Cecilia McDowall. A new work from Ninfea Crutwell-Reade, specially commissioned for our a cappella consort during the period of lockdown, completes the programme.

Orlande de Lassus - 'Hieremiae prophetae lamentationes (quinque vocum)'

William Byrd - 'Ne irascaris Domine' / 'Civitas sancti tui'

James MacMillan- 'Miserere'

Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade -New commission 

Cecilia McDowall- 'I know that my redeemer liveth'

Plus pre-concert talk with Gareth Williams and Nicholas Mulroy.

Nicholas Mulroy: Director

Presented by Dunedin Consort

"The group’s sheer vocal elan ran through the whole eclectic programme like a thread, an exceptional evening of music, deeply thoughtful, compassionate and nourishing."

(The Scotsman)

How Lonely Sits the City

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