Sir James MacMillan isn’t just one of the most significant artists working in Scotland today: he’s a creative figure of international importance. Here he shares the stage with young Dutch clarinet star Annelien Van Wauwe in Finzi’s lovely Clarinet Concerto and pays homage to an elder statesman amongst Scottish composers, John Maxwell Geddes who last year celebrated his 75th birthday. First performed by the BBC SSO in the 2012-13 Ayr Concert Series, An Ayrshire Suite was co-commissioned by Ayr Arts Guild and the BBC. The evening and the Series is brought to a close with Beethoven’s sunny yet powerful Second Symphony.
To be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.