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James MacMillan | Photo: Hansvander Woerd James MacMillan | Photo: Hansvander Woerd

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

MacMillan's Symphony No 5 world premiere

Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the first performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Fifth Symphony.

Sir James MacMillan Symphony No2
Symphony No 5: 'Le grand Inconnu' (World Premiere)

The International Festival’s major five-concert celebration of Sir James MacMillan’s 60th birthday continues with two powerfully spiritual works conceived for the concert hall.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, eminent chorus The Sixteen and youth chorus Genesis Sixteen combine forces under long-time MacMillan collaborator Harry Christophers for the first performance of the composer’s Fifth Symphony, Le grand inconnu. A meditation on the mystery of the Holy Spirit, this is a major new choral symphony for our times.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a future date.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Harry Christophers Conductor*
Sir James MacMillan Conductor~

The Sixteen
Genesis Sixteen

Sir James MacMillan Symphony No.2~
Symphony No 5: 'Le grand Inconnu'*^ (World Premiere)

^ Commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen

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17 August 2019

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

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