B Minor Mass
This article is from 2006.
Ludus Baroque and Dunedin Consort mark the real start of the festival
In amongst all the festive clambering to be the first, the newest, the most innovative or just plain craziest, there is still space for the more reflective and welcomingly familiar. Now in its ninth consecutive year, Ludus Baroque’s (it means Baroque games) annual presentation of J S Bach’s B minor Mass provides a bastion of Fringe tradition.
Always held on the eve of the International Festival’s opening concert - now plus the eve of the eve as there is such a strong following for it - this annual shot of Bach marks the start of the Festival for many arts lovers. Joined by the outstanding vocal ensemble, the Dunedin Consort, the performers, who are a mix of homegrown Scottish specialists and others gathered together from the leading London based early music groups, use period instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries. Also, authentically, only ten singers will be used to sing all the choruses and solos. (Carol Main)
Canongate Kirk, 668 2019, 11-12 Aug, 7.30pm, £12 (£9).