Opening Night: James MacMillan’s St. John Passion
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 29 September 2011, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
James MacMillan St. John Passion (c.87') (Scottish Premiere)
Mark Stone baritone (please note change to originally advertised artist)
London Symphony Chorus
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Three years after its first acclaimed performances in London, James MacMillan's choral work receives its Scottish Premiere. Leading British baritone Mark Stone sings the powerfully dramatic role of Christus, and two of Britain's finest choirs, the London Symphony Chorus and the BBC Singers join the all-star line-up. MacMillan's version of the ‘greatest story ever told' is intensely operatic with deeply moving moments of contemplation alongside the overwhelming tumult of stunning orchestral and choral writing. Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles brings all his experience and vision to this major event.
There will be one interval of 20 minutes between Part I and Part II. The concert will be presented by Jamie MacDougall and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
James Naughtie, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today programme, talks with James MacMillan about the St. John Passion and asks him about the background to its composition.
There will be no Coda after this concert.
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.