Sir James MacMillan isn’t just one of the most significant artists working in Scotland today: he’s a creative figure of international importance. Any premiere by MacMillan is a major occasion, but his Fourth Symphony takes the Scottish renaissance composer Robert Carver as a starting point for a musical journey of far-reaching power and beauty. “MacMillan’s new symphony holds a candle to Mahler” wrote The Arts Desk of the world premiere in 2015; in this first Scottish performance, MacMillan himself conducts – and shares the stage with young Dutch clarinet star Annelien Van Wauwe in Finzi’s lovely concerto, and the cosmic vision of an elder statesman amongst Scottish composers, John Maxwell Geddes who celebrated his 75th birthday last year.
This concert is part of a month-long celebration in Glasgow of recent works by Sir James MacMillan in partnership with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Hebrides Ensemble and Glasgow Life.
The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.