James MacMillan ‘Le grand inconnu’: London

14 October 2019 7.30pm Barbican Tickets: £15 - 41(Booking Fees Apply)

Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of James MacMillan, and the opportunity to hear two substantial new works in one concert is genuinely rare.

Imagine a vision too wondrous for eyes alone – ‘the lady more brilliant than the sun’. ‘The lady’ is the Virgin Mary, and The Sun Danced is an ecstatic choral celebration of the Miracle of Fatima. It’s no secret that MacMillan’s profound religious belief drives his creativity, but music this powerful conveys a universal message, and the title of his new symphony Le grand inconnu suggests many possible interpretations.


The Sixteen
Genesis Sixteen & Alumni

Britten Sinfonia
Harry Christophers conductor


James MacMillan The Sun Danced (UK premiere)
James MacMillan Symphony No 5, Le grand inconnu (London premiere)

James MacMillan Stabat mater

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