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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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