Why fum'th in fight
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of James MacMillan. The preeminent Scottish composer of our time draws upon his Celtic heritage and Catholic faith for revelatory choral works that tap into our universal humanity. MacMillan’s Stabat Mater for choir and string orchestra is a gripping masterpiece evoking a mother’s anguish. For the composer, ‘beauty is at the heart of our Christian faith’ and his new Stabat Mater is sure to be profoundly shaped by his beliefs. But this is a work with deep roots and a universal message; a celebration both of tradition and of radical renewal.
“MacMillan’s Stabat Mater is a masterpiece of choral invention.” – Scotsman
MacMillan’s Stabat Mater was first performed at the Barbican in 2016 with Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen, under the baton of Harry Christophers. They will present the US premiere of Stabat Mater in New York on 7 November before coming to perform the work in the imposing surroundings of Ely Cathedral.
“The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia produced one of those performances during which you can hardly breathe for fear of missing a nuance of expression.” – The Times