Classical hitlist - the best classical music
Scottish Ensemble: Darkness and Light Always a highlight of the festive season, the Scottish Ensemble’s candlelight concert this year features the pairing of John Woolrich’s Ulysses Awakes from 1989 with two madrigals by the much earlier composer who inspired him, Monteverdi. Viola player Catherine Marwood takes the role normally given to a singer. Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 14 Dec; City Hall, Glasgow, Sat 15 Dec.
Ludus Baroque Bach’s set of six cantatas telling the Christmas story were originally designed for six separate occasions over Christmas, New Year and Epiphany, but in what is now something of an annual tradition for the period instrument ensemble and the singers of the Dunedin Consort, they can all be heard in one evening. Canongate Kirk, Fri 14 Dec.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Adventurer Classical music fans really are spoilt for choice this weekend, but Oliver Knussen’s Requiem – Songs for Sue, written in memory of his former wife, has just won the vocal category of the British Composer Awards, which is an impressive accolade. The Scottish premiere will feature soprano Claire Booth, for whom it was written, with Knussen himself conducting. City Hall, Glasgow, Fri 14 Dec; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 15 Dec.