Edinburgh International Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy the Scottish composer’s tumultuous Woman of the Apocalypse and the sonic spectacle and riotous fun of A Scotch Bestiary.

Edinburgh International Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

About Edinburgh International Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Sir James MacMillan A Scotch Bestiary
Woman of the Apocalypse

Not only one of the world’s most revered and exceptional composers, Sir James MacMillan is also an immensely popular global figure, creator of music that brings together a thrilling visceral impact, spiritual contemplation and a startling immediacy.

The International Festival celebrates his rich, vibrant music in a major five-concert retrospective for his 60th birthday, bringing together a wealth of first performances – a major world premiere, Symphony No 5 Le grand inconnu, as well as UK and Scottish premieres – and performers who have long collaborated with MacMillan.

In this opening concert, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and brilliant Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro, are joined by eminent organist Stephen Farr for the sonic spectacle and riotous fun of A Scotch Bestiary, before exploring the intense drama of MacMillan’s virtuosic, kaleidoscopic concerto for orchestra Woman of the Apocalypse.

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