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MacMillan conducts MacMillan

To celebrate the International Festival’s 70th anniversary, Sir James MacMillan conducted three masterpieces of 20th-century music which received their premieres at the International Festival.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Sir James MacMillan Conductor

Ole Edvard Antonsen Trumpet

Tippett Fantasia concertante on a Theme of Corelli
Sir James MacMillan Epiclesis
Walton Symphony No 2

Sir James MacMillan has a long and fruitful relationship with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh International Festival. To celebrate the International Festival’s 70th anniversary, he conducts three masterpieces of 20th-century music – all of which received their premieres at the International Festival.

MacMillan and the BBC SSO open with the lush invention of Tippett’s achingly beautiful tribute to Italian Baroque music, and they are joined by eminent Norwegian trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen for the glittering brilliance of MacMillan’s own trumpet concerto Epiclesis. They close with the wit and bright colours of Walton’s triumphant Second Symphony.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 18 September at 7.30pm

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Sir James MacMillan Conductor

Ole Edvard Antonsen Trumpet

Tippett Fantasia concertante on a Theme of Corelli
Sir James MacMillan Epiclesis
Walton Symphony No 2


More information about the artists

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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Sir James MacMillan
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Ole Edvard Antonsen
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19 August 2017

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