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A weave of words and music

Welcome to Scotland Unwrapped, the 16th edition of our award-winning year-long series. Celebrating Scottish music and spoken word culture, the series will highlight both its traditional and regional riches but also explore the diverse contemporary scene and the writers and composers which give Scotland its distinctive voice. As well as covering a wide range of musical genres from cutting-edge contemporary composers, folk musicians and Scottish classical ensembles, Scotland Unwrapped also embraces the heady literary scene and wealth of Scottish festivals.

Scotland Unwrapped features Artist in Residence Karine Polwart and Guest Curators Aidan O’Rourke and Jackie Kay.

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The Larky Lad with Nicky Spence

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

An evening of heart-stopping lament and high comedy devised by Scotland's proudest offspring, tenor Nicky Spence, joined by soprano Eleanor Dennis and collaborative pianist Dylan Perez.

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Aurora Orchestra with Robyn Stapleton and Sam Amidon: Outlanders

Classical / Aurora Orchestra

Travel with Aurora from Scotland to the shores of north America, alongside folk singer Sam Amidon.

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Musica Vitae: Storm Runes

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

We welcome the Swedish string orchestra, Musica Vitae and director/cellist Robin Michael, to perform works of magnificent composers such as James Oswald, JS Bach, Lisa Robertson and two-ever popular works by Peter Maxwell Davies.

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Aurora Orchestra with Donald Grant

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

As the days shorten and the year’s end draws nearer, journey with Aurora Orchestra and Donald Grant to the Scottish islands, where the winter nights are long and isolating.

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The Marian Consort

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

The award-winning voices of The Marian Consort present a programme of sumptuous Renaissance polyphony from some of Scotland’s few surviving sixteenth-century manuscripts.

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Ensemble Hesperi

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

Relive a musical evening in 18th century Edinburgh with the dazzling young Ensemble Hesperi and soprano Harriet Burns, where fashions combined the best of the Italian Baroque with the soaring melodies and dance rhythms of traditional Scottish music.

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Dunedin Consort & Hebrides Ensemble

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

Two of Scotland’s award-winning ensembles join forces to present James MacMillan’s extraordinary setting – by turns intimate and dramatic – of the Resurrection story.

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Steven Osborne with Principal Aurora Players

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

Scotland’s most revered pianist, Steven Osborne, is joined by two of Aurora Orchestra’s Principal Players for an evening of mesmerising French music.

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Aidan O'Rourke & Sean Shibe

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

Bringing together two Scottish musicians who are both embedded in tradition, Guest Curator and folk fiddler Aidan O’Rourke is joined by classical guitarist Sean Shibe as they strip back the conservative ritual around their respective genres.

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Colin Currie Quartet play Anna Meredith

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

Scottish star percussionist Colin Currie brings a uniquely sparkling quartet programme featuring two world premieres, and three Scots composers.

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