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(b 1959 )

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 - Sacred
Choral Concert: Blossom Street - MACMILLAN, J. / DUGGAN, J. / GRAINGER, P. / CAMPBELL, H. / TURNBULL, S.M. / BURKE, P. / ANDREW, K. (Down By the Sea) Naxos
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
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: South West German Radio Vocal Ensemble - HARVEY, J. / MACMILLAN, J. / TAVENER, J. / DAVIES, P.M. (Great Britain) SWR Classic
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Vasari Singers - PIZZETTI, I. / MALIPIERO, G.F. / ALLEGRI, G. / MACMILLAN, J. / PUCCINI, G. (De Profundis, Miserere, Requiem) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Wells Cathedral School Choralia - CHILCOTT, B. / MEALOR, P. / HOLST, G. / MACMILLAN, J. / O'REGAN, T (The Song of the Stars) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music (Sacred) - STANFORD, C.V. / PÄRT, A. / MESSIAEN, O. / BRITTEN, B. (Rejoice!) (Kogert, Salzburg Bach Choir, Glaßner) Gramola Records
Choral - Sacred
MACMILLAN, J.: 7 Last Words from the Cross / Christus vincit / Nemo te condemnavit / …here in hiding… (Dmitri Ensemble, Ross) Naxos
Choral - Sacred
MACMILLAN: Veni, Veni Emmanuel / Tryst Naxos
MCGLYNN, M.: Celtic Mass / MACMILLAN, J.: Mass (Taylor Festival Choir, R. Taylor) Delos
Choral - Sacred
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Mass in G Minor / Silence and Music / MACMILLAN, J.: O bone Jesu / Mairi (Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble, Creed) SWR Classic
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
Role: Lyricist 
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