Seven Last Words
Sorry you are too late, this event has been and gone!
Scottish Ensemble with Dunedin Consort present 'Seven Last Words', James MacMillan’s astonishing setting of the dying words of Jesus Christ, at Greyfriars Kirk on 27th March.
About Seven Last Words
Scottish Ensemble with Dunedin Consort
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.
O crux benedicta
L’ombra della croce
Seven Last Words From The Cross
ABOUT THE SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE
Scottish Ensemble (SE) is Scotland’s pioneering string orchestra; a collective of outstanding musicians, championing music for strings across Scotland, the UK and the world. Celebrating 50 years, across its 2019/20 Anniversary Season SE presents thought-provoking programmes and events that cross genres, styles, musical periods and art forms to shed new light on classical music - and the many ways it can be shared.
ABOUT DUNEDIN CONSORT
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.
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Seven Last Words are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.
Similar events you might like...
Selected dates between 21st June 2020 - 27th December 2020
Online Event Edinburgh
Join Mairi Campbell for a weekly online global gathering of songs, tunes, poems and offerings from friends, fans and family!
Selected dates between 7th July 2020 - 16th July 2020
Online Event Edinburgh
Join Zoe and Giggles the Boogie Beat Monkey for more fun Boogie Beat ZOOM classes with singing, dancing, classical fairy tales and stories which you can enjoy with your friends!
Selected dates between 23rd July 2020 - 2nd August 2020
This summer, Edinburgh Zoo is opening the zoo gates after hours, giving you more opportunity to see your favourite animals!
31st July 2020
Come and dance to Annasach Ceilidh Band at our Summer Ceilidh from 8pm at The Counting House on Friday 31st July. All dances can be called so beginners welcome.
1st August 2020 - 6th September 2020
Live Nation has announced the Utilita Live From The Drive-In concert series, set to bring some the biggest names of UK music to the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh this Summer!
5th August 2020 - 9th August 2020
The Parking Lot Social, Scotland's biggest ever drive-in tour, is coming to Dalkeith Country Park this summer between the 5th and 9th of August!
6th August 2020 - 23rd August 2020
The all-new, 11th solo show by Scotland's international comedy star, hot on the heels of his ground-breaking, global smash-hit 'Daniel Sloss: X', comes to The Queen's Hall!
7th August 2020 - 29th August 2020
Come along for some good exercise and great fun with Edinburgh Ceilidhs in Lauriston Hall during the Festival Fringe!
Selected dates between 7th August 2020 - 30th August 2020
Edinburgh International Film Festival and Unique Events have teamed up with Edinburgh Airport to produce a new monthly event for cinema fans throughout the rest of 2020!
Find other events in Edinburgh
@TheDriveIn is a fully loaded drive in cinema experience that is bringing a whole host of drive in activities to Edinburgh in August!
TV Presenter and adventurer Calum Maclean shares his love for outdoor (or 'wild') swimming in Scotland in this online webinar hosted by the National Library of Scotland on 21st July.
Grab those tartan tammies, slip on a sgian-dubh (not literally, that will hurt) and join Funbox on 11th July for a socially distant hootenanny in HIGHLAND FLING!
Edinburgh Corn Exchange Car Boot Sale Market is open but with strict rules and guidelines. Come and join us for some bargains and for sellers to have a clearout!
Neighbourhood is an open-air rooftop marketplace for authentic street food & drink held Wednesday to Sunday on Waverley Mall rooftop!