Jeffrey Skidmore conductor
Martha McLorinan mezzo soprano
Don’t miss the London premiere of James MacMillan’s powerful Seven Angels, which we are delighted to give at the invitation of the Barbican.
Seven Angels tells a story of the apocalypse in music of intense imagination and burning communicative power. This performance takes place in the atmospheric surroundings of St Giles Cripplegate.
The composer’s deeply-held faith gives a special intensity to all his sacred music, and Seven Angels is no exception. But there’s nothing conventionally ‘sacred’ about this extraordinary choral work: ‘theatricality lies at the heart of this blistering music’ wrote The Scotsman after its premiere in 2015, and the piece concludes with a thrilling setting of the words ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end’.
The concert opens at the opposite end of the Bible, with Aaron Copland’s choral masterpiece: In the beginning.
Copland In the beginning
MacMillan Seven Angels (London premiere)