MacMillan’s Stabat Mater with Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen
TALLIS Why fum’th in fight
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
MACMILLAN Stabat Mater
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. James 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; placed next to hauntingly emotional music by Vaughan Williams, Tallis and his own Miserere the Stabat Mater becomes a celebration both of tradition and of radical renewal.
MacMillan’s Stabat Mater was first performed at the Barbican in 2016 by Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen, under the baton of Harry Christophers. On the back of an acclaimed recording and a live streamed performance at the Vatican, these exceptional artists will present the US premiere of Stabat Mater in New York early 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
Tickets from £15 (£10 for students)
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