Next Concert

Dunedin Concert

Dunedin Consort

John Butt Director

Mhairi Lawson Soprano


Purcell: Songes & Ayres


Thursday 4 June 2020, 7:30pm

St John's Church



Tickets online via the website or by telephoning Jane on 01387 820848


Concert sponsored by Music in Dumfries

Due to the increase in the incidence of covid 19 (coronavirus) we have taken the decision to CANCEL


This concert has been CANCELLED as a precautionary measure.



Site under construction

Events of interest

our 73    season of presenting world class chamber music


A season ticket admits to all six concerts with a significant saving

SOUNDS BAROQUE - Friday 11 October 2019 - 7:30 pm -St John's Church, Dumfries

TRIO VOLANT - Friday 15 november 2019 - 7:30 PM - st John's Church , Dumfries

ROBERT MAX - THURSDAY 12 December 2019 - 7:30 pm - moat brae, george street, Dumfries

Friday 11 October 2019


7.30 pm at St John’s Church, Lovers Walk, Dumfries



Julian Perkins harpsichord and director; Sophie Barber violin; Karin Björk violin; John Salter cello; Ed Ballard bass-baritone



KINDRED SPIRITS - virtuosic trio sonatas by Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Philipp Telemann performed alongside lovelorn cantatas by George Frideric Handel; plus solo keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and baroque inspired modern works by Stephen Dodgson.


Since its creation in 2005 by director Julian Perkins, Cambridge based Sounds Baroque has devoted itself to conveying the thrilling theatricality and intense passion of music of the 17th and 18th centuries.  Comprising some of the finest period instrumentalists of our times, Sounds Baroque has collaborated with many eminent singers and actors and for this concert is joined by the young British opera singer, bass-baritone Ed Ballard.



Friday 15 November 2019


7.30 pm at St John’s Church, Lovers Walk, Dumfries


TRIO VOLANT (wind trio)

Richard Beards bassoon; Tom Evans clarinet; Beatrice Hubble oboe










Formed in 2010 whilst the members were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, Trio Volant regularly gives formal recitals and lunchtime concerts around Manchester and the North West of England, where they are based.  Between them, they have a wealth of solo, chamber music and orchestral experience.  As a trio, they particularly enjoy opportunities to perform the lesser known reed trio chamber music repertoire.



Thursday 12 December 2019 *


7.30 pm in the Drawing Room, Moat Brae House, George Street, Dumfries





Johann Sebastian Bach – Six Suites for Solo Cello


Cellist Robert Max is no stranger to Music in Dumfries audiences, having visited several times with the Barbican Trio.  For the first time, he is presenting this unique programme of Bach’s six suites for solo cello, featuring the beautiful “Comte de Saveuse” Stradivarius cello, dating from 1726, together with the sixth suite performed as Bach intended on a 5-stringed cello.

Robert has a busy performing, teaching and coaching career and holds a number of prestigious academic and directing appointments.


*Please note the different venue for this concert and it is on Thursday, not Friday








Cecilia McDowall

Barber of Seville Overture

Variations on Là ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni


Trio in C Op. 87

Pastorale Op. 147

Century Dances



CLARE HAMMOND - SATURDAY 28 march 2020 - 7:30 pm - st john's Church , Dumfries

Friday 17 January 2020

7.30 pm at St John’s Church, Lovers Walk, Dumfries

CATRIONA MORISON mezzo soprano




Grieg Op 48

Schumann Frauenliebe


Schumann Mary Stuart Lieder

Brahms Dein blaues Auge, Alte Liebe, Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer, Geheimnis, Meine Liebe ist grün

Gurney Sleep

Vaughan Williams Silent Noon

Howells King David


Scottish mezzo soprano Catriona Morison studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the University of the Arts in Berlin.  In 2017, she became the first British and Scottish singer to win the main prize, as well as the song prize at Cardiff Singer of the World.  Catriona has been guest artist at many European opera houses.  She has also performed with the Scottish Opera and has given recitals in several British and German cities as well as at the Edinburgh International Festival and, as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, at the Wigmore Hall.


Recognised as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, Malcolm Martineau has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers, including, amongst others, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel.  He has presented his own series at Wigmore Hall and at the Edinburgh Festival and has appeared throughout Europe, North America and Australia.  He holds an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and was appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009.

Saturday 28 March 2020*


7.30 pm at St John’s Church, Lovers Walk, Dumfries





Mendelssohn                              Songs Without Words, Op. 67

Beethoven                                  Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

Robert Schumann                      Humoreske, Op. 20

Sally Beamish                            Voices in Silence (2004)

Earl Wild/George Gershwin       3 virtuoso etudes after Gershwin, Nos.7, 4 and 6

                                                   i  Fascinatin’ Rhythm  ii  Embraceable You

                                                   iii  I Got Rhythm


Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances.  In 2016 she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’ in recognition of outstanding achievement and in 2020 she gives her debut recital for the International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre in London.


*Please note – this concert is on Saturday, not Friday



FITZWILLIAM STRING QUARTET - Friday 21 February 2020 - 7:30 pm - St john's church, Dumfries

Friday 21 February 2020


7.30 pm at St John’s Church, Lovers Walk, Dumfries



Lucy Russell violin; Andrew Roberts violin; Alan George viola; Sally Pendlebury cello



The Earl of Kellie          String quartet in C minor

Franz Schubert             String quartet in A minor

Dimitri Shostakovich     String quartet No. 12


The Fitzwilliam String Quartet (FSQ) is now one of the longest established string quartets in the world and possibly unique in having reached a half century with an original player, Alan George, still on board.  International recognition came early for the FSQ, as the first group to record and perform all fifteen Shostakovich string quartets, drawing on the players’ personal connection and musical friendship with the composer.  This concert is part of a series of performances to celebrate the FSQ’s 50th anniversary.




Until Tuesday

2nd March 2021

Due to the increase in the incidence of covid 19 (coronavirus) we have taken the decision to postpone this concert until later in the year


This concert has been postponed as a precautionary measure.


We will keep you posted about plans to re-schedule this concert in line with public health advice.


get in touch

For more information about Music in Dumfries or if you would like to be added to our mailing list then please complete the online form.


If you are a musician and are interested in performing in Dumfries, please complete with details in message box.

St. John's Church

8 Newall Terrace





Submitting Form...

The server encountered an error.

Form received.