Hebrides and James MacMillan

James MacMillan CBE is one of today’s most successful living composers and an internationally active conductor. His music is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music, blended with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian and Eastern European music.

His prolific output has been performed and broadcast around the world, placing him in the front rank of today’s composers.  MacMillan’s music has been the focus of many major festivals and residencies including the Edinburgh International Festival, the 2012 Grafenegg Festival in Austria where he is Composer in Residence and with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic.

Hebrides Ensemble has performed MacMillan regularly over the decades and the new work,  Since it was the Day of Preparation… is dedicated to William Conway, Artistic Director and cellist of Hebrides Ensemble, who James MacMillan has known and worked with for the past 25 years. This is the largest-scale work written for Hebrides Ensemble to date, and follows on from the St John Passion, co-commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston Symphony and Rundfunkchor Berlin. Since it was the Day of Preparation...is a co-commission between Hebrides Ensemble, Edinburgh Festival, King’s Place, London and Soli Deo Gloria.

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