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Reformations: Concerto

with Dunedin Consort and Sean Shibe

Sean Shibe sitting in front of a dark grey background, holding his guitar upright

Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe and the Dunedin Consort, Scotland’s foremost Baroque ensemble, join forces for a feast of early and recent repertoire, including Cassandra Miller’s new concerto.

Early and contemporary music often occupy a remarkably similar aural space: intimate, other-worldly and unconventional. Highlights from this selection include forays into Scotland’s early lute manuscripts, the exquisite twinges of Purcell’s viol works, and John Dowland’s seminal Lachrimae, its ‘falling tear’ motif denoting tears of both sorrow and joy. There is the premiere of a new concerto by Canadian composer Cassandra Miller, a Sinfonia by American composer Linda Catlin Smith, and music by James MacMillan and his one-time student David Fennessy.

Sean Shibe is one of the world’s finest and most innovative guitarists who, as The Guardian puts it, ‘sustains a world of intensity and introspection through playing that buzzes with vitality. The attention to detail in his playing is breathtaking’.

This performance will finish at approximately 8.45pm, with no interval

Produced by the Barbican

Pre-concert talk

6.30pm, Milton Court


Cassandra Miller and Sean Shibe discuss their close creative collaboration in Cassandra's remarkable compositional process, which has brought Chanter to life. Her first work for classical guitar, long meetings, transatlantic voicenotes, and recordings of Sean singing have all played their part in the writing of piece that fuses Cassandra's practice with Sean's artistry and Dunedin Consort's baroque expertise. They will also explore how all three combined to programme the entire concert, which culminates in the concerto and begins from Sean's earliest repertoire through contemporary Scottish and Canadian music. 

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