As composer and soloist, Mark Simpson was spotlit in the world premiere of his Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic. Recent highlights also include the US premiere of his paranormal oratorio The Immortal in Cincinnati.
Music from Karl Jenkins's latest work is heard for the first time at his 75th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall, at a Grayshott Concerts event broadcast by Classic FM, and at Carnegie Hall in New York.
The coming season brings an extensive collection of new and recent works by Boosey & Hawkes composers, together with continuing celebrations this autumn for Karl Jenkins's 75th and James MacMillan’s 60th.
Richard Strauss's fantasy opera created with Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Die Frau ohne Schatten, is celebrating its centenary, with performances in 2019 and over the coming season in Vienna, St Petersburg, Paris, Amsterdam, Leipzig, Hamburg and Budapest.
Two new James MacMillan books are released to co-incide with his 60th birthday and a feature at the Edinburgh International Festival: the first study of his music written by Phillip A Cooke and published by Boydell Press and a collection of the composer's own writings from Birlinn.