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Susan Hamilton

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Susan Hamilton (b. 1970) — Scottish singer, soprano. She specializes in early music and contemporary performance, and collaborates with many leading ensembles, orchestras, and conductors. From 2003, together with John Butt, she leads the Dunedin Consort, with which she recorded J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor, as well as Haendel’s oratorio Esther.

She took part in the first complete performance of Witold Lutosławski’s Twenty Carols in the version for women’s chorus and chamber orchestra, written for the London Sinfonietta. The performance took place on December 14, 1990, in Aberdeen, and was repeated the following day in Edinburgh. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra was conducted by the composer. Charles Bodman Rae, the composer and musicologist who wrote the book Lutosławski’s Music, was author of the carols’ English translation.

The premiere performance of the incomplete collection containing 17 carols in a version for instrumental ensemble took place five years earlier in London, also under the direction of the composer.

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