Hear and Now: MacMillan conducts MacMillan
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 11 January 2014, 8pm
Grand Hall, City Halls Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
Free (booking fee may apply)
James MacMillan conducts his own works
Symphonic Study (World Premiere) (c.15')
For Sonny (c.5') (World Premiere of new arrangement for string orchestra)
A Deep but Dazzling Darkness* (2001-02) (c.22') (Scottish Premiere)
for solo violin, ensemble and tape
Exsultet (for orchestral brass, timpani and percussion) (1998 arr. 2000) (c.8')
The Keening (World Premiere)
Laura Samuel violin*
James MacMillan conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
This will be the BBC SSO’s first major musical event of 2014, and a fascinating overview of a life in music, conducted by the composer himself.
For the first time in over a decade, Scotland’s foremost composer James MacMillan takes to the podium in his native country for a public concert. The programme, to be recorded for of BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now, features two World Premieres from opposite ends of MacMillan’s career: his latest work The Keening and his early Symphonic Study, written as a graduation piece.
There’s also the Scottish Premiere of A Deep but Dazzling Darkness, a stunningly dramatic reflection on the ability of music to bring comfort, and in this performance a tremendous showcase for the skills of BBC SSO leader Laura Samuel. For Sonny, a gentle elegy in memory of a young child, is premiered in a new arrangement, and Exsultet, his 1998 fanfare for brass quintet (in the revised version for symphonic brass), conjures up a typically MacMillan-like journey from darkness into light.
Tickets: Free (unreserved seating) limited to 4 tickets per application - available from Monday 28 October 2013. Not recommended for very young children.
The concert will be recorded for future broadcast in BBC Radio 3's Saturday late-night contemporary music programme, Hear and Now. It is currently scheduled for broadcast on Saturday 22 February 2014, but please check www.bbc.co.uk/radio3 nearer that date to confirm the details.
How to get there
- The nearest subway station is St Enoch, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues.
- Many local service buses pass close by City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, either along Trongate or Glassford Street. Most are operated by First Bus.
- Queen Street and Central Stations are a ten-minute walk from the venues. For information on rail travel within the UK, National Rail is the official source for all rail information, train times and timetables.
- On the M8 motorway, take junction 15, turn left onto Castle Street following signs for the Royal Infirmary/East Kilbride/A730. Castle Street becomes High Street and at the fourth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Ingram Street. Candleriggs is the second street on the left. The nearest car parks is the Q-Park on Albion Street which offers parking deals for our customers – call the box office on 0141 353 8000 for more details.
- The Grand Hall at City Halls is accessible to those with mobility difficulties. A lift from the Candleriggs entrance gives access to all levels. Our Concert Halls are fitted with infra-red assisted hearing systems which are specially designed for use in large auditoria. Please notify the Box Office when booking.