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. But with Harry Christophers conducting the Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen, the music will speak eloquently for itself.
Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia
Sir James MacMillan The Sun Danced (UK premiere) Symphony No 5, Le grand Inconnu (Genesis Foundation commission)
Genesis Sixteen & Alumni
Harry Christophers conductor