Vice President – Sir James MacMillan
James MacMillan, the Scottish composer and conductor, read music at Edinburgh University and then studied composition at Durham. He lectured at Manchester University before returning to Scotland and settled in Glasgow, becoming Associate Composer with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The première of The Confession of Isobel Dowdie at the Proms in 1990 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra brought his work to public and critical acclaim.
He has written a percussion concerto for Evelyn Glennie in 1992 and a cello concerto for Rostropovich in 1997. Catholicism has inspired many of his works including many sacred works for choirs. His use of familiar themes, coupled with colourful orchestrations, has made his music more accessible than the more academic style of more avant-garde composers.
His Mass of 2000 commissioned for Westminster Cathedral and his Galloway Mass and St Anne’s Mass have parts for the congregation to join in. His style has been established as basically melodic, yet still totally modern, and above all, written in a very personal style that is listener-friendly.
He was appointed KBE in 2015