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A tryst, a grief and a dream

James's festival, the Cumnock Tryst, brings musical sharing to his community in Ayrshire. And his religious music continues to bring solace even in very difficult family times.

Sir James MacMillan is reflecting on his prolific life in composition as he celebrates his 60th birthday this week.

The establishment of the Cumnock Tryst is James's way of bringing an inclusive music festival to his community in Ayrshire.

He also describes the composition of his Violin Concerto, which was inspired by a dream he had following the death of his mother. And he talks about the death of his granddaughter and the impact that this has had on his life and music.

Domus Infelix Est - An Unhappy House
The Elysian Singers
Sam Laughton, conductor

One
Britten Sinfonia
James MacMillan, conductor

Prelude (St Luke Passion)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,
Netherlands Radio Choir, National Youth Choir
Markus Stenz, conductor

Benedicimus Deum coeli (Strathclyde Motets)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, conductor

Song and Dance (Violin Concerto, 3rd movement)
Vadim Repin, violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor

Fac, ut portem Christi mortem (Stabat Mater)
The Sixteen
Britten Sinfonia
Harry Christophers, conductor

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Rosie Boulton

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Last on

Fri 19 Jul 2019 12:00

Music Played

  • Sir James MacMillan

    Domus infelix est (An Unhappy House)

    Choir: The Elysian Singers. Conductor: Sam Laughton.
    • Signum SKU SIGCD575.
    • Signum.
    • 1.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    One

    Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMU807573.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    St Luke Passion: Prelude

    Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. Choir: Netherlands Radio Chamber Choir. Choir: National Youth Training Choir Of Great Britain. Conductor: Markus Stenz.
    • Challenge Classics CC 72671.
    • Challenge Classics.
    • 1.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Benedicimus Deum caeli (Strathclyde Motets)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO : 16096.
    • CORO.
    • 10.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Violin Concerto (3rd movement - Song and Dance)

    Performer: Vadim Repin. Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
    • Onyx : 4157.
    • Onyx.
    • 3.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Stabat Mater

    Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen.
    • Coro : COR16150.
    • Coro.
    • 5.

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