Resonate: Seven Last Words from the Cross by James MacMillan
About the piece
Often regarded as James MacMillan’s masterwork, Seven Last Words from the Cross presents an ancient narrative with startling lucidity and rawness. Together, Scottish Ensemble and Dunedin Consort will combine their respective expertise in contemporary music and historically-informed performance to present a contemporary production of this modern classic for today’s audiences
About the composer
James MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation. His percussion concerto Veni, Veni Emmanuel (1992) has received over 500 performances worldwide by orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and Cleveland Orchestra. Other major works include the cantata Seven Last Words from the Cross (1993), Quickening (1998) for soloists, children’s choir, mixed choir and orchestra, the operas Inès de Castro (2001) and The Sacrifice (2005-06), St John Passion (2007) and St Luke Passion (2013). He was featured composer at Edinburgh Festival (1993), Southbank Centre (1997), BBC’s Barbican Composer Weekend (2005) and Grafenegg Festival (2012).
Championed by the Dunedin Consort & Scottish Ensemble