James MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation * Attracted attention with acclaimed BBC Proms premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (1990) * Music combines rhythmic excitement, raw emotional power and spiritual meditation * Percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel (1992) has received over 400 performances * Programmed worldwide by orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and Cleveland Orchestra * Featured composer at Edinburgh Festival (1993), Southbank Centre in London (1997) and BBC Barbican Composer Weekend (2005) * Interpreters include soloists Evelyn Glennie, Wayne Marshall, Colin Currie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, conductors Slatkin, Rostropovich, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Vänska, Alsop, Maksymiuk, Runnicles and Brabbins, and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon * Recordings on BMG/RCA Red Seal, BIS, Chandos, Naxos, Hyperion, Coro and Black Box
Works by James MacMillan include:
Veni, Veni, Emmanuel (1992) for percussion and orchestra
Seven Last Words from the Cross (1993) Cantata for choir and strings
Quickening (1998) for soloists (ATTB), children's choir, mixed choir and orchestra
View our web guide to MacMillan's choral music (PDF).
Looking Ahead: first performances of Viola Concerto with Lawrence Power, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski in London and Madrid (15/19 Jan 2014); world premiere of St Luke Passion at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam conducted by Markus Stenz (15 Mar); US premieres of The Death of Oscar in Seattle (17 Apr) and Since it was the day of Preparation... in New York (4 May)
"...a composer so confident of his own musical language that he makes it instantly communicative to his listeners." — The Guardian