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Project information

St John Passion Recording

Record Bach's St John Passion providing a new perspective that includes participation of a congregational choir in the chorales thus reviving the appropriate context for this masterpiece. The project will generate employment opportunities for our musicians and strengthen the ties with our audience.

September 2012 - September 2012

Charity information: Dunedin Consort

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  • Need


    Bach's Passions represent one of the cultural pillars in the Western European music tradition. There are key elements of the connection between the roots of these performances and its present cultural significance have largely been lost.

    Dunedin specialises in the provision of early and contemporary music. There are few opportunities for artists and audiences in this field in Scotland.


    John Butt's research has provided the context necessary to
    This project will provide the backbone from which we will be able to reconnect with that cultural heritage in an enhanced and meaningful manner. It will recreate the use of a congregational chorus in the chorales engaging with our audience.
    A recording project enables us to generate employment opportunities for our musicians in Scotland and abroad allowing us to disseminate Scottish musical excellence and develop the growth of Dunedin

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Record Bach's St John Passion in a unique way that refreshes its present cultural context.


    » Record from the 8-11 September 2012 involving the participation of a "congregational" choir in the chorales.

    What success will look like

    We expect a positive media and peer review that coupled with the sales of the recording will demonstrate the artistic worth of this project.

    Aim 2

    Generate performing opportunities for our musicians.


    » A recording allows us to present new programmes to promoters enabling us to attract new opportunities.

    What success will look like

    Recordings are used in the industry as calling cards to entice promoters to engage music companies for live performances. We expect a minimun of 5 performances in the first year.

  • Impact


    We expect this recording to strengthen Dunedin's position in the artistic community as a company committed to excellence and innovation. The project will assist with the growth and development of the company, extending our ability to provide musicians with regular employment opportunities. The participation of the congregational choir will enable us to develop a closer tie with our audience.

    We expect this recording to become a reference amongst our professional colleagues.


    Artists illness affects all art producing companies. Dunedin has developed an efficient graded booking list. If an artist becomes unavailable, Dunedin can resort to a pool of excellent musicians. Insufficient funding is a reality for all music companies. Dunedin has a long list of supporters and patrons and a very active board of directors who continuously ensure the financial viability of our artistic plans. Tight financial control is always exercised.


    We enjoy a close relationship with our supporters. They would be kept informed of any developments regarding this project regularly with detailed financial information if requested.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Artists Fees The bulk of the cost covers musicians' fees
      £10,000 Record Label Towards the enginnering, post-production, promotion and distribution
      £5,000 Recording Venue Pays the rehearsal and recording venue costs
      £5,000 Production costs Music purchase, travel, accommodation, etc
  • Background


    Dunedin Consort & Players is a Scottish music company based in Edinburgh. Our activities take place throughout Scotland, the UK and more recently in Europe. Workshops will take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh. They will be coordinated with the University of Glasgow and the Royal conservatory of Music and Drama m Glasgow


    The main beneficiaries of this project are the musicians and our audiences. Our musicians are largely self employed with unstable revenue streams. The current recession is affecting the sector badly and the performers sit at the bottom of the scale. Our recent performances have enjoyed critical acclaim with large audience attendance.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Dunedin Consort & Players contributes to the cultural life of Scotland. In its chosen fields of baroque music, contemporary composition and a capella ensemble singing, it fosters music-making to the highest standards by both professional and amateur performers; encourages composition by commissioning new works; contributes to the cultural life of communities across Scotland and beyond through its performances, workshops and audience-development work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alfonso Leal - General Manager

    Project coordinator. Alfonso brings vast experience as a project and event coordinator with particular emphasis on financial performance.

    John Butt - Music Director

    John Butt uniquely combines scholarly musical research with practical musical performances. His leadership has earned the group critical acclaim.

    Susan Hamilton - Artistic Director

    Susan has driven the Dunedin from its inception. She performs all soprano lead roles is a recognised workshop leader.

    Sir Muir Russell - Chairman

    Sir Muir Russell chairs the board of directors of Dunedin Consort.