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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

MacMillan première outgunned by Shostakovich at the Barbican

By , 04 November 2018
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Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
London

Passionate Shostakovich from Noseda and the LSO

By , 01 November 2018
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Rachel Podger © Theresa Pewal
Blandford Forum

Guardian Angel: Rachel Podger and VOCES8

By , 03 August 2018
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Colin Currie, Owen Gunnell, Adrian Spillett and Sam Walton © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 3: An inflated Prom to celebrate BBC Young Musicians

By , 15 July 2018
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Sebastià Peris i Marco (Sam) and Turiya Haudenhuyse (Dinah) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Trouble in Tahiti and Clemency make an intriguing Dutch National double bill

By , 22 March 2018
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Royal Northern Sinfonia © Mark Savage
Gateshead

Macmillan’s St Luke Passion at Sage Gateshead disappoints

By , 03 March 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
Philadelphia

Scotch Beasts and other forms of Britishness in Philadelphia's Winter Festival

By , 11 January 2018
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Scottish Ensemble at St John's Kirk © Scottish Ensemble (2015)
Perth

Ancient and Modern: a beautiful Winter Chorale from The Scottish Ensemble and I Fagiolini

By , 09 December 2017
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Vadim Repin © Cătălina Filip
Bucharest

RNO and Andreescu impress with MacMillan and Tchaikovsky at Enescu Festival

By , 05 September 2017
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Xian Zhang at the podium © Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 21: An underwhelming performance of MacMillan and Beethoven

By , 30 July 2017
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Leonard Elschenbroich © Felix Broede
London

Cello unwrapped: from Baroque'n'roll to contemporary at Kings Place

By , 17 June 2017
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Sir James MacMillan © Hans van der Woerd
Glasgow

A modern masterpiece: Scottish première of MacMillan’s Stabat Mater

By , 24 March 2017
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Richard Farnes © Jack Liebeck
Perth

Thoughtful, inspiring and noble: British music from the BBCSSO and Richard Farnes

By , 10 March 2017
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Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh © Carlos Delgado, Wikicommons
Edinburgh

Ancient and Modern Christmas icons from the SCO Chorus in Edinburgh

By , 15 December 2016
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Britten Sinfonia Voices © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Staring into the void: bravery and beauty from Britten Sinfonia and Voices

By , 20 March 2016
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Nicola Bendetti © Kevin Westenberg
Edinburgh

Benedetti, MacMillan and Berlioz: a feast of treats from the RSNO

By , 18 March 2016
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© Choir of Royal Holloway
Pembridge

Choir of Royal Holloway stir the emotions at the Presteigne Festival

By , 29 August 2015
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
London

Prom 24: MacMillan's birthday gift for Runnicles shines next to fitful Mahler

By , 03 August 2015
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Harry Christophers and The Sixteen © Molina Visuals
Sydney

Make-over for Allegri’s Miserere from The Sixteen in Sydney

By , 10 March 2015
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The King's Singers © Axel Nickolaus
Dublin

Delectable entertainment: The King's Singers charm Dublin

By , 05 February 2015
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Stephanie Corley (Inés de Castro) © Ken Dundas
Glasgow

Scottish Opera's Inés de Castro: shocking and unmissable

By , 24 January 2015
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Colin Currie © Marco Borggreve
London

MacMillan’s Second Percussion Concerto a pale imitation of his First

By , 11 December 2014
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The Sixteen and Harry Christophers © Molinavisuals
Amsterdam

The Queen of Heaven: The Sixteen at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam

By , 21 May 2014
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Elizabeth DeShong © Dario Acosta
New York City

Faith, Death, and Mozart: the Pittsburgh Symphony at Spring For Music

By , 10 May 2014
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James MacMillan © Philip Gatward
Edinburgh

Edinburgh Quartet: Late Sessions

By , 06 May 2014
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Stéphane Denève © J Henry Fair
Seattle

A familiar-sounding new commission and an unusual approach to Beethoven

By , 17 April 2014
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James MacMillan © Hans van der Woerd
Glasgow

BBCSSO and James MacMillan Celebrate Commonwealth Day with a Blast.

By , 10 March 2014
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Edinburgh Quartet
Edinburgh

Why Is This Night Different? Edinburgh Quartet play James MacMillan

By , 12 February 2014
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Lawrence Power © Jack Liebeck
London

MacMillan's Viola Concerto and Mahler 6 with Jurowski and the LPO

By , 15 January 2014
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James MacMillan © Hans van der Woerd
Glasgow

MacMillan conducts new and revisited MacMillan with the BBC SSO

By , 11 January 2014
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James MacMillan © Philip Gatward
London

The LPO and Jurowski perform British composers of the 1990s

By , 07 December 2013
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Edinburgh

Edinburgh Quartet play music by James MacMillan

By , 27 November 2013
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James Ehnes  ©  Benjamin Ealovega
Toronto

Classic Britten and Beethoven from Ehnes and Denève with the TSO

By , 12 October 2013
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Dark Profiles  ©  Gary Sloan
Boston

José Mateo's Shadows Fleeting at the Sanctuary Theatre, Boston

By , 11 October 2013
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Peter Oundjia  ©  Sian Richards
Edinburgh

RSNO and Oudnjian play The Planets and James MacMillan's Third Piano Concerto

By , 04 October 2013
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Donald Runnicles conducting the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Prom 29 (Tannhäser)  ©  BBC/Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 28: James MacMillan's Violin Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

By , 03 August 2013
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©  Benjamin Ealovega
Gateshead

Agony and ecstasy from Northern Sinfonia

By , 17 May 2013
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The Sixteen in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, 2012  ©  KT Bruce
Cambridge

Heavenly music: The Sixteen in Oxford's Christ Church Cathedral

By , 13 April 2013
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Orpheus Chamber Singers
Dallas

Lamentations: The Orpheus Chamber Singers perform music for Holy Week in Dallas

By , 23 March 2013
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H.K. Gruber  ©  Johnny Volcano
Manchester

MacMillan, Britten and Stravinsky with the BBC Philharmonic and H.K. Gruber

By , 13 March 2013
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©  Louise Broom
Bristol

The divine and the worldly: Exultate Singers at St George's Bristol

By , 23 February 2013
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David Kravitz, Christine Abraham Michelle Trainor  ©  Eric Antoniou
Boston

James MacMillan's Clemency receives its North American première in Boston

By , 06 February 2013
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François Leleux  ©  Uwe Arens for Sony Classical
Perth

Scottish première of James MacMillan's Oboe Concerto with the SCO

By , 30 January 2013
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Calton Consort
Edinburgh

Calton Consort: Translated Daughters

By , 17 November 2012
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Eamonn Dougan conducting Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices at the Barbican  ©  Rhydian Peters
London

Looking Forward with Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican

By , 27 October 2012
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James MacMillan  ©  Philip Gatward
London

London première of James MacMillan's Since it was the Day of Preparation...

By , 29 September 2012
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Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich at Grafenegg  ©  Peter Rigaud
Grafenegg

James MacMillan conducts Britten, Vaughan Williams and his own music at Grafenegg

By , 09 September 2012
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Platinum Consort  ©  Edward Carr
London

Beauty In the Dark: Platinum Consort at Kings Place

By , 01 September 2012
*****
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James MacMillan  ©  Philip Gatward
Edinburgh

World première of James MacMillan's Since it was the Day of Preparation...

By , 22 August 2012
*****
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James MacMillan  ©  Philip Gatward
London

Prom 33: MacMillan's new Credo, framed by Wagner and Bruckner

By , 07 August 2012
****1
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