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March is Sir James MacMillan month in Glasgow with a series of concerts across the city under the auspices of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music.

<CLASS=MSONORMAL style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt">Sir James MacMillan’s long association with the city of Glasgow is celebrated throughout March, with nine concerts, four Scottish premieres and a range of talks and educational events. As UNESCO City of Music in 2017, Glasgow turns its spotlight on Scotland’s leading living composer with performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with The Sixteen, the Nash Ensemble and students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The series surveys MacMillan’s output from his first major work Tryst through to recent scores, introducing Glasgow audiences to Symphony No.4, Viola Concerto, Stabat Mater and Concertino for Horn and Strings. Events are presented in conjunction with Glasgow Life on behalf of the City of Glasgow.

BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting five Glasgow concerts from the MacMillan month, featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Sixteen and Nash Ensemble. Participating orchestras are touring their MacMillan programmes beyond Glasgow, with performances in Edinburgh, St Andrews, Perth, Aberdeen and Ayr. In addition to concerts, the Glasgow series includes a masterclass for composers, under the BBC Proms Inspire scheme with MacMillan and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and a schools project with members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) presents Scottish premieres of two major MacMillan works. The Viola Concerto is performed on 9 March at City Halls with soloist Lawrence Power and the BBC SSO conducted by Richard Farnes, coupled with Elgar’s Symphony No.2. Since its premiere with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014, Lawrence Power has performed the concerto 15 times in eight countries, making it one of the most travelled new concertos. MacMillan conducts his Symphony No.4 at City Halls on 30 March, following the BBC SSO’s premiere at the BBC Proms in 2015 under Donald Runnicles and a recording on the Onyx label. The symphony was commissioned jointly by BBC Radio 3, the Pittsburgh Symphony and Berkeley Symphony. The BBC SSO has a long association with MacMillan including the premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie at the BBC Proms in 1990 which helped to launch the composer’s career, and a series of recordings of his works on the BIS label under Osmo Vänskä.

MacMillan’s recent Stabat Mater, commissioned by the Genesis Foundation, is toured by The Sixteen and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) in March, including a performance at City Halls on 24 March. Founder and Conductor of The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, is on the rostrum for the 50-minute score for choir and string orchestra. James MacMillan conducts the SCO in a performance of Tryst, which the orchestra premiered at the St Magnus Festival in 1989 leading to his appointment as the SCO’s Associate Composer. The Sixteen’s new recording of Stabat Mater, with the strings of the Britten Sinfonia, is released on its CORO label on 3 March (COR16150), tied in with the Scottish premiere tour and Eastertide. The SCO also premieres MacMillan’s Concertino for Horn and Strings on a tour under the baton of Andrew Manze, reaching Glasgow on 3 March. SCO Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill is soloist in this specially commissioned arrangement of MacMillan’s Horn Quintet.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) hosts a Glasgow residency by the Nash Ensemble including three concerts featuring MacMillan’s chamber works on 3-5 March. The composer collaborates with the RCS Symphony Orchestra in a concert at City Halls on 17 March under his role as Visiting Professor at the RCS. This first RCS Gleneagles Gala Concert, launching a partnership with the prestigious Scottish destination, sees MacMillan conducting performances of The Death of Oscar and The World’s Ransoming, alongside a performance of Britten’s Spring Symphony conducted by Garry Walker. A choral programme by the RCS Voices conducted by Timothy Dean pairs MacMillan with music by Carver at St Andrew’s Cathedral on 22 March.

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MacMillan and Glasgow
Sir James MacMillan has lived in Central Scotland throughout his life and has special connections with the City of Glasgow. Growing up in Cumnock in Ayrshire, after studies at Manchester and Durham universities, he settled in Glasgow in 1988 and lived there until 2015 when he moved near Largs on the Ayrshire coast. He has worked closely with performing organisations presenting music in Glasgow including Scottish Opera, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. MacMillan is an Honorary Professor in Composition and Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He organised the music for 10 years at St Columba’s Church and has connections with the Glasgow Lay Dominicans, Strathclyde University Chaplaincy and St Aloysius College where his children attended as pupils.

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Diary of Glasgow Events

3 March, 13.00
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Rosin Chamber Music Festival
Piano Trio No.2
with music by Debussy and Shostakovich
Nash Ensemble
BBC Radio 3 broadcast

3 March, 19.30
Glasgow City Halls
Concertino for Horn and Strings
(world premiere tour)
with music by Beethoven and Britten
Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Andrew Manze
Pre-concert recital by RCS students at 18.15
on tour to St Andrews (2 Mar) and Edinburgh (4 Mar)

4 March, 19.30
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Rosin Chamber Music Festival
Cello Sonata No.2 / Horn Quintet
with music by Shostakovich, Maxwell Davies and Ravel
Nash Ensemble
BBC Radio 3 broadcast

5 March, 11.30
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Rosin Chamber Music Festival: Coffee Concert
Four Little Tributes
with music by Beethoven and Brahms
Nash Ensemble

9 March, 19.30
Glasgow City Halls
Viola Concerto
(Scottish premiere)
with music by Butterworth and Elgar
Lawrence Power, vla/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Richard Farnes
BBC Radio 3 future broadcast
Talk with Lawrence Power in Recital Room at 18.45
on tour to Perth (10 Mar) with live broadcast on BBC Radio 3

17 March, 19.30
Glasgow City Halls
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Gleneagles Gala Concert
The Death of Oscar / The World’s Ransoming
with music by Britten
RCS Symphony Orchestra/James MacMillan

20 March, lunchtime concert
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Education Project Concert

based on music by MacMillan
children of Springburn Primary Schools/members of SCO/RCS students

22 March, 19.30
St Andrew’s Cathedral
O bone Jesu / Miserere
with music by Carver
RCS Voices/Timothy Dean

24 March, 19.30
Glasgow City Halls
Stabat Mater
(Scottish premiere tour) / Tryst
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers/Scottish Chamber Orchestra/James MacMillan
BBC Radio 3 broadcast
Talk with James MacMillan and Svend Brown at 18.30
on tour to Edinburgh (23 Mar)
Talk on Music and Religion with Lucy Forde at National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh (14 Mar 18.00)

30 March, 14.00
Glasgow City Halls
Symphony No.4
(Scottish premiere)
with music by Maxwell Geddes and Finzi
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/James MacMillan
BBC Radio 3 future broadcast
MacMillan conducts Maxwell Geddes, Finzi and Beethoven on tour in Ayr (31 Mar)

2 April, 14.00
Glasgow City Halls
Masterclass with Young Composers

with BBC Proms Inspire
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/James MacMillan

Photos: Philip Gatward / Glasgow City Marketing

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