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Composer: McLeod, John (b. 1934)

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Year of birth1934
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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Nordic music out of the silence

Maximiliano Martín © Ken Dundas
A sparkling new work from John McLeod throws light on the celebration of 150 years of Sibelius and Nielsen.
****1
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Prom 23: mixed views on a mixed programme

Donald Runnicles © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Prom 23 contained a mixed programme of McLeod, Beethoven and Mozart. Whilst each piece was enjoyable in its own right, and some truly outstanding musicianship was evident throughout the evening, the lack of connection between the pieces left a feeling of unsettledness.
***11
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Thrashing the Sea God – with feeling

Joby Burgess in Thrashing the Sea God, directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones  ©  Claire Shovelton
The 2012 Tête à Tête opera festival is continuing on the bold course begun in 2007. Over halfway through its breathless 18-day schedule, it all seems as fresh as when it started. Its sixth season contains some typically outlandish operatic gems, most relatively brief in length.
****1
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Myth and Ritual

Photo courtesy of Queen Hall's Flickr photo stream
In its 31-year history, ecat (Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust) has commissioned over 80 new works and introduced countless emerging performers and composers to the new music public.