Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of James MacMillan, so the world premiere of his Stabat Mater will be a major occasion. Harry Christophers conducts Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen, placing MacMillan in context with music from Tallis to Vaughan Williams.
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 Tallis and his own Miserere, the Stabat Mater becomes a celebration both of tradition and of radical renewal.
Barbican Podcast: James MacMillan, the Scottish composer and conductor, whose Stabat Mater is featured in this concert talks about the new work and his life as a composer.
James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater has been commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for The Sixteen.
Norwich Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm: Harry Christophers discusses the programme (free to ticket holders)