The partnership between Sir James MacMillan and the SCO goes back decades and has resulted in many remarkable new works. None has taken the world so much by storm as the percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. It has been performed hundreds of times since its 1992 premiere and remains a thrilling experience live: a superb, celebratory highlight for this 60th Birthday Concert. Seven Last Words from the Cross is no less of a tour de force: a vivid, shocking and heartbreaking depiction of the crucifixion.
Sir James MacMillan is one of today’s most successful composers and is also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music, blended with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian and Eastern European music.
Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (Spectator), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion and is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers. He performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Currie was Artist in Association at London’s Southbank Centre, where he was the focus of a major percussion festival Metal Wood Skin.