MacMillan's Stabat Mater: Live from the Barbican - Britten Sinfonia

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MacMillan’s Stabat Mater: Live from the Barbican

James MacMillan

Stabat Mater


This special Good Friday performance as part of the Live from the Barbican series sees The Sixteen with Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers CBE reunite with Britten Sinfonia for a performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater. Commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for Christophers and the choir, they gave the world premiere at the Barbican in October 2016 as part of a day celebrating MacMillan’s choral music.

The work owes its existence to the composer’s longstanding association with The Sixteen and it is profoundly shaped by his beliefs. The text is a 13th-century Christian hymn, meditating on the suffering of Mary, the mother of Jesus, which generations of composers have set to music. Sir James MacMillan said: I seem to have grown up with the Stabat Mater. I sang it as a boy, my perception of the crucifixion was coloured by its beauty and sadness.

MacMillan’s Stabat Mater for chorus and string orchestra is a powerful 21st Century evocation of Mary’s grief. The composition is divided into four sections, each with its distinct musical character, with nuances ranging from plangent dissonances to innocent melodies. Performances to date have received widespread critical acclaim.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Britten Sinfonia.

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Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 11 December, 10.00am.

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