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JAMES MACMILLAN

James MacMillan was born in Scotland in 1959, and after enjoying full family support in his musical career, he went to Edinburgh University where his gifts as a composer were soon recognised. He later went to Durham University, in the north of England, where he studied with John Caskin.

He was appointed to the staff of the Royal Northern College in Manchester, where he lectured for four years in the 1980s, but has since concentrated on a career as composer, having received a number of high-profile commissions.

Many of the early works were for chamber groups and solo instruments, until Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, which was given a high-profile première with one of Britain’s top selling performers, Evelyn Glennie, caused a sensation at the London Promenade concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He had received some success with the 1990 composition, The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, a large-scale orchestral work which the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has championed, and has since played at the Promenade concerts to critical and public acclaim.

He has written operas, ballet, orchestral, music theatre, and choral works. His style has been established as basically melodic, yet still totally modern, and above all, written in a very personal style that is listener-friendly.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Choral Concert: Blossom Street - MACMILLAN, J. / DUGGAN, J. / GRAINGER, P. / CAMPBELL, H. / TURNBULL, S.M. / BURKE, P. / ANDREW, K. (Down By the Sea) Naxos
8.573069
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Choir of St. John's, Elora - TAVENER, J. / STAINER, J. POULENC, F. / STANFORD, C.V. (Psalms and Motets for Reflection) Naxos
8.572540
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Vasari Singers - PIZZETTI, I. / MALIPIERO, G.F. / ALLEGRI, G. / MACMILLAN, J. / PUCCINI, G. (De Profundis, Miserere, Requiem) Naxos
8.573196
Vocal Ensemble
MACMILLAN, J.: 7 Last Words from the Cross / Christus vincit / Nemo te condemnavit / …here in hiding… (Dmitri Ensemble, Ross) Naxos
8.570719
Choral - Sacred
MACMILLAN, J.: Clemency [Opera] (Boston Lyric Opera, D. Angus) BIS
BIS-2129
Opera
MACMILLAN, J.: Epiclesis / Ninian BIS
BIS-CD-1069
Concertos
MACMILLAN, J.: Triduum, Part I: The World's Ransoming / Triduum, Part II: Cello Concerto BIS
BIS-CD-989
Concertos, Orchestral
MACMILLAN, J.: Visitatio Sepulchri / Sun-Dogs (Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra) BIS
BIS-SACD-1719
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
MACMILLAN: Confession of Isobel Gowdie (The) / Tuireadh / The Exorcism of Rio Sumpul BIS
BIS-CD-1169
Orchestral
MACMILLAN: Sinfonietta / Cumnock Fair / Symphony No. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-1119
Orchestral
MACMILLAN: Triduum, Part III: Symphony Vigil BIS
BIS-CD-990
Orchestral
MACMILLAN: Tryst / I (A Meditation on Iona) / Adam BIS
BIS-CD-1019
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
MACMILLAN: Veni, Veni Emmanuel / Tryst Naxos
8.554167
Orchestral
MACMILLAN: Why is this night different? / Tuireadh / Visions of a November Spring BIS
BIS-CD-1269
Chamber Music

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