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.
Listen to the Genesis Foundation’s new podcast which features Sir James MacMillan and Cardinal Vincent Nichols discussing the Holy Spirit and MacMillan’s Fifth Symphony here.
Genesis Sixteen & Alumni
Harry Christophers conductor
Pärt Cantus in Memorium Benjamin Britten
Britten Hymn to St Cecilia
James MacMillan The Sun Danced (UK premiere)
James MacMillan Symphony No 5, Le grand inconnu (London premiere). Commissioned by the Genesis Foundation