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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 * Awarded a Knighthood in the 2015 Queen's Birthday honours

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: The Cumnock Tryst festival in Ayrshire (1-4 Oct) including new works; Lawrence Power gives first performances of Viola Concerto in Denmark (Odense, 3 Dec) and Germany (Frankfurt, 22 Jan); Marin Alsop conducts UK premiere of Woman of the Apocalypse at Barbican (4 Dec); further performances of Little Mass by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (11 Feb) and Royal Scottish National Orchestra (17 Mar); Percussion Concerto No.2 travels with Colin Currie to Baltimore (25 Feb); future plans include a Requiem and a Stabat Mater, alongside works for leading international orchestras

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

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