Sir James MacMillan month of events announced

Published: February 8, 2017


Sir James MacMillan’s long association with the city of Glasgow is celebrated throughout March, with nine concerts, four Scottish premieres and a range of talks and educational events.

As UNESCO City of Music in 2017, Glasgow turns its spotlight on Scotland’s leading living composer with performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with The Sixteen, the Nash Ensemble and students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The series surveys MacMillan’s output from his first major work Tryst through to recent scores, introducing Glasgow audiences to Symphony No.4, Viola Concerto, Stabat Mater and Concertino for Horn and Strings. Events are presented in conjunction with Glasgow Life on behalf of the City of Glasgow.
BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting five Glasgow concerts from the MacMillan month, featuring the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Sixteen and Nash Ensemble. Participating orchestras are touring their MacMillan programmes beyond Glasgow, with performances in Edinburgh, St Andrews, Perth, Aberdeen and Ayr.

In addition to concerts, the Glasgow series includes a masterclass for composers, under the BBC Proms Inspire scheme with MacMillan and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and a schools project with members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) hosts a Glasgow residency by the Nash Ensemble including three concerts featuring MacMillan’s chamber works on 3-5 March. The composer collaborates with the RCS Symphony Orchestra in a concert at City Halls on 17 March under his role as Visiting Professor at the RCS.

This first RCS Gleneagles Gala Concert, launching a partnership with the prestigious Scottish destination, sees MacMillan conducting performances of The Death of Oscar and The World’s Ransoming, alongside a performance of Britten’s Spring Symphony conducted by Garry Walker. A choral programme by RCS Voices conducted by Timothy Dean pairs MacMillan with music by Carver at St Andrew’s Cathedral on 22 March.

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Diary of Glasgow Events

3 March, 19.30
Glasgow City Halls
Concertino for Horn and Strings (world premiere tour)
with music by Beethoven and Britten
Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Andrew Manze
Pre-concert recital by RCS students at 18.15
on tour to St Andrews (2 Mar) and Edinburgh (4 Mar)

3 March, 13.00
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Rosin Chamber Music Festival
Piano Trio No.2
with music by Debussy and Shostakovich
Nash Ensemble
BBC Radio 3 broadcast

4 March, 19.30
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Rosin Chamber Music Festival
Cello Sonata No.2 / Horn Quintet
with music by Shostakovich, Maxwell Davies and Ravel
Nash Ensemble
BBC Radio 3 broadcast

5 March, 11.30
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Rosin Chamber Music Festival: Coffee Concert
Four Little Tributes
with music by Beethoven and Brahms
Nash Ensemble

9 March, 19.30
Glasgow City Halls
Viola Concerto (Scottish premiere)
with music by Butterworth and Elgar
Lawrence Power, vla/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Richard Farnes
BBC Radio 3 future broadcast
Talk with Lawrence Power in Recital Room at 18.45
on tour to Perth (10 Mar) with live broadcast on BBC Radio 3

17 March, 19.30
Glasgow City Halls
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Gleneagles Gala Concert
The Death of Oscar / The World’s Ransoming
with music by Britten
RCS Symphony Orchestra/James MacMillan

20 March, lunchtime concert
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Education Project Concert
based on music by MacMillan
children of Springburn Primary Schools/members of SCO/RCS students

22 March, 19.30
St Andrew’s Cathedral
O bone Jesu / Miserere
with music by Carver
RCS Voices/Timothy Dean

24 March, 19.30
Glasgow City Halls
Stabat Mater (Scottish premiere tour) / Tryst
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers/Scottish Chamber Orchestra/James MacMillan
BBC Radio 3 broadcast
Talk with James MacMillan and Svend Brown at 18.30
on tour to Edinburgh (23 Mar)
Talk on Music and Religion with Lucy Forde at National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh (14 Mar 18.00)

30 March, 14.00
Glasgow City Halls
Symphony No.4 (Scottish premiere)
with music by Maxwell Geddes and Finzi
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/James MacMillan
BBC Radio 3 future broadcast
MacMillan conducts Maxwell Geddes, Finzi and Beethoven on tour in Ayr (31 Mar)

2 April, 14.00
Glasgow City Halls
Masterclass with Young Composers
with BBC Proms Inspire
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/James MacMillan