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James MacMillan

 b. 1959James MacMillan Photo © Philip Gatward

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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 close to 500 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), BBC Barbican Composer Weekend (2005), Grafenegg Festival (2012) * Interpreters include soloists Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vadim Repin, 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, Linn and Challenge Classics

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: Artistic Director of new Cumnock Tryst festival in Ayrshire (2-5 Oct); Brazilian feature by São Paulo Symphony and Marin Alsop including Woman of the Apocalypse (9-12 Oct); cycle of three piano concertos by Peter Donohoe and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (2014/15 season); first performances of new percussion concerto for Colin Currie by Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in Utrecht (7 Nov) and by Philharmonia Orchestra at Southbank Centre in London (11 Dec); conducts new production of Ines de Castro at Scottish Opera (22 Jan 2015)

"...a composer so confident of his own musical language that he makes it instantly communicative to his listeners." — The Guardian

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