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  1. June 9, 2014

    Scottish vote: false notes and ‘fascism’

    A flowering of Scottish art, literature and music played a big part in the self-confidence that led Scotland to vote for...

  2. January 17, 2014

    LPO/Vladimir Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    Critics love to criticise the music of James MacMillan. It’s a mish-mash of styles. It often sounds as if it was composed 60...

  1. June 24, 2013

    Lost voices of British music

    Next year will see the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war. Preparations for commemorating it are well under...

  2. May 17, 2013

    James MacMillan: Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis etc

    Those who see the Scottish composer as the acceptable face of modern classical music will love this disc. Those who find his...

  3. October 30, 2012

    Britten Sinfonia, Barbican, London

    The past and the future are as one in concerts by the Britten Sinfonia. As its regular audiences know, the orchestra thinks...

  4. August 24, 2012

    Hebrides Ensemble, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

    The 21st century is proving tough for long-established festivals as they all compete to create a sense of event. It’s as if...

  5. July 27, 2012

    James MacMillan: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel etc

    MacMillan, one of our most prolific composers, is much in the public eye: over the next month he has first performances at...

  6. June 4, 2012

    Making a noise, in its quiet way

    It happened all of 36 years ago. I was in the back row of the upper circle on opening night of the 1976 Edinburgh Festival...

  7. January 27, 2012

    Beat it

    The numbers alone are astonishing: 200 instruments, 300 sticks, 40 cymbals. Plus the two exotic drums standing expectantly...

  8. November 12, 2011

    James MacMillan: Miserere

    It is as a composer of sacred music that James MacMillan (born 1959) deserves serious consideration: a public attachment to...

  9. August 10, 2011

    Cabrillo Festival, Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, California

    With the admonishment that “I think we can let this go now”, Marin Alsop banished the emissaries bearing gushing tributes on...

  10. May 9, 2011

    Clemency, Linbury Studio Theatre, London

    Grant Doyle as Abraham James MacMillan completed his new chamber opera long before the US sent a group of commandos to...

  11. September 11, 2010

    Serious intentions and steamy intrigues

    Two programmes, one past and one to come, point to a Channel 4 energised by the cauterisation of Big Brother, with promise...

  12. May 26, 2010

    Chroma/Tryst/ Symphony in C

    There is a moment in Wayne McGregor's Chroma , opening the Royal Ballet's latest triple bill, when, after a sequence of...

  13. May 25, 2010

    Chroma/Tryst/Symphony in C, Royal Opera House, London

    There is a moment in Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, opening the Royal Ballet’s latest triple bill, when, after a sequence of...

  14. May 19, 2010

    LSO/Gergiev

    The programme for the London Symphony Orchestra's latest concert carried a flier advertising the news that its principal...

  15. January 16, 2010

    James MacMillan: The Sacrifice

    James MacMillan The Sacrifice Welsh National OperaChandos (2 CDs) MacMillan’s grand opera scored a hit at its premiere two...

  16. December 19, 2009

    James MacMillan: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

    James MacMillan Veni, Veni, Emmanuel Evelyn GlennieRCA Red Seal MacMillan’s success is baffling. Despite the skilful...

  17. January 13, 2009

    Capitalism's enemies have the best tunes

    There is nothing like a song to stir the emotions. Throughout history songs have been used to rally support for a cause or...

  18. January 12, 2009

    Capitalism’s enemies have the best tunes

    There is nothing like a song to stir the emotions. Throughout history songs have been used to rally support for a cause or...

  19. November 1, 2008

    Classical Andrew Clark

    MacMillan, Adès & Higdon Marin Alsop London Philharmonic Orchestra These live LPO recordings are the best possible advert...

  20. May 31, 2008

    Live music

    Mary J Blige June 3, O2 Arena, London, then touring Mary J Blige is known as the queen of hip-hop soul, her spectacular...

  21. May 27, 2008

    Takács Quartet, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    This was the third of the Takács Quartet’s appearances this season as artists in residence at the Southbank Centre and the...

  22. April 29, 2008

    The sacred and the mundane

    If all creativity is merely the rearrangement of existing material, then James MacMillan is truly a creative spirit. He...

  23. April 28, 2008

    The sacred and the mundane

    St John Passion/Requiem Barbican/Royal Festival Hall, London If all creativity is merely the rearrangement of existing...

  24. April 26, 2008

    Live music

    RZA April 28, Indigo 2, London Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA upset some of his colleagues with the dark psychedelic direction of...

  25. January 26, 2008

    CLASSICAL: Andrew Clark

    Shostakovich Piano Quintet Julian Rachlin and friends Onyx Rachlin and four jet-setting colleagues - Janine Jansen, Yuri...

  26. January 25, 2008

    Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

    Some time last summer, word of Edo de Waart's appointment as music director of the Santa Fe Opera and relocation to...

  27. October 27, 2007

    CLASSICAL ANDREW CLARK

    London Philharmonic 75th Anniversary Volumes 2 and 3 LPO (8 CDs) After a disappointing volume dedicated to the orchestra's...

  28. October 22, 2007

    A new company finds its feet

    The inaugural season of City Center’s new resident company, Morphoses, started well. From a programming point of view, it...

  29. September 24, 2007

    Devotion to music and meaning

    The nice thing about being old, confides Sir Colin Davis, “is that you no longer have any interest in confrontation. You...

  30. September 23, 2007

    The Sacrifice, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

    You have to hand it to James MacMillan: he has mastered the formula of 19th-century grand opera. Most of his contemporaries,...

  31. September 22, 2007

    Live Music

    Alabama 3 September 22. Glasgow Academy, then touring The veteran south London techno-country-rockers have cannily coincided...

  32. April 20, 2007

    MLIIF Continental European Flexible

    James MacMillan, manager of MLIIF's £124.7m ($250m) Continental European Flexible fund, intends to find an appropriate...

  33. March 8, 2007

    Barbican 25th Anniversary

    Barbican Hall, London There was a time when it seemed as though the Barbican Centre might not reach this anniversary. The...

  34. March 7, 2007

    Barbican 25th Anniversary, Barbican Hall, London

    There was a time when it seemed as though the Barbican Centre might not reach this anniversary. The early years were bleak...

  35. December 26, 2006

    Classical music in 2007

    He has the mind of a maverick and the skills of a battle-hardened professional. That goes some way to explaining the...

  36. August 23, 2006

    London Symphony Orchestra

    Royal Albert Hall, London This concert did not feature one of the BBC Proms' many foreign orchestras, but it might as well...

  37. August 19, 2006

    Music

    The Proms The season has reached its apex. There are two Valery Gergiev concerts, a Magnus Lindberg premiere, an HK Gruber...

  38. May 6, 2006

    Music

    Fuseleeds - FESTIVAL This is the second edition of a festival that got off to a cracking start in 2004. It's all about new...

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