Sir James MacMillan at 60
Scotland's foremost composer celebrates his birthday with friends, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Colin Currie.
Sir James MacMillan conducts his 60th birthday concert with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, celebrating a partnership that has stretched across decades. Arvo Part’s popular elegy to Benjamin Britten opens the evening, written to mourn the passing of a composer whose work he thought most resembled his own. MacMillan’s celebrated concerto for percussion and orchestra 'Veni, Veni, Emmanuel' follows, performed by Scottish percussionist Colin Currie. The piece takes inspiration from biblical text found in Luke 21: “for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory”. The evening closes with Macmillan’s Cantata for chorus and strings. Drawing on text from the gospels the piece is a heart rending depiction of Christ’s crucifixion.
Arvo Part: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
James MacMillan: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel
INTERVAL: Olli Mustonen: Toccata performed by Mr McFall's Chamber
James Macmillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross
Colin Currie – Percussion
James MacMillan – conductor
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Presenter - Kate Molleson
Producer - Laura Metcalfe