James MacMillan ©

Hans van der Woerd

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 to Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The final event within the series of public talks by the key music players representing the UK music will welcome one of the most prominent and well-respected UK composers Sir James MacMillan.  

The Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan investigates the composer’s relationship with the world and its concerns. Can a composer’s music and life have a reach and impact on society and its ethics? Or are such aspirations futile and irrelevant? Can a composer be useful to his community? And does music’s innate and constant search for the sacred have any bearing on this?

Dates and Venues 

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 19:30
Scriabin Memorial Museum
Moscow, Bolshoy Nikolopeskovsky lane 11
Please register 

Wednesday 11 March 2020, 19:30
The D.D. Shostakovich St Petersburg Academic Philharmonia
St Petersburg, Mikhailovskaya st., 2
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About Sir James MacMillan

Sir James MacMillan is one of today’s most successful composers and is also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music, blended with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian and Eastern European music. MacMillan’s prolific output includes The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, and five symphonies. Recent major works include his Percussion Concerto No.2 for Colin Currie and his Stabat Mater.

Highlights of 2019 include a major feature at Edinburgh International Festival as part of his 60th birthday year, including the world premiere of Symphony No.5 ‘Le grand inconnu’.  MacMillan also conducts Cincinnati Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony and Brussels Philharmonic Orchestras and his 60th birthday is celebrated widely, featuring his music at the Three Choirs Festival, BBC Proms, Cincinnati May Festival and Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.  In October 2014 MacMillan founded his music festival, The Cumnock Tryst, which takes place annually in his native Ayrshire. MacMillan was awarded a CBE in 2004 and a Knighthood in 2015.

Free admission with advance registration 

The lecture will be held in English with simultaneous interpreting into Russian