Concert 1

11 September 2022

Scots Baroque

László Rózsa (recorders) Aaron McGregor (violin)
Lucia Capellaro (cello) Alex McCartney (theorbo)

Scots Baroque is an innovative new early music ensemble based in Glasgow, Scotland. We take music of the baroque period (c.1600–1750) as our starting point, performing on instruments appropriate to the period, whilst experimenting with a fusion of techniques and genres, including improvisation, folk styles, and contemporary music written for old instruments. Individually, we perform with leading ensembles such as Dunedin Consort, Concerto Caledonia, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, and Les Musiciens de Saint Julien. We bring together an impressive range of experience, with programmes combining the latest research, unusual repertoire, and a flair for dramatic performance.

Our Scotland On Tour programme Reflections explores the ways in which musicians reuse and reimagine music from folk cultures and earlier periods. Taking a whirlwind tour through Scotland, England, Bohemia, and Poland, we guide listeners through our own personal journeys with this music, pairing works from the baroque period with newly written ‘reflections’, using older music as inspiration for contemporary works.    

The Reflections programme

Francesco Barsanti: Johnnie Faa
John McLachlan: The Scots Chaconne
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Pastorella
Georg Philipp Telemann: Poloniesie/Danse
Pierre Prowo: Presto (Trio Sonata in d minor)
Lucia Capellaro: Bonniest Reflect
William McGibbon: The Bonniest Lass in a’ the Warld
László Rózsa: The Ugliest Lad in a’ the Warld
Alex McCartney: In Pairs
Aaron McGregor: Some Bonny

Nicola Matteis: Selection from Ayres (1676 & 1685)
Matthew Locke: Suite no. 5 in d minor (The Broken Consort I)
   and Scots Baroque: Locke Reflections
John Playford: Sage Leaf

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This concert is promoted by Dunfermline Arts Guild in partnership with Scotland on Tour (, a fund set up by the Scottish Government that helps to create new concerts and bring world-class music to towns and villages across Scotland.