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Let There Be Light

Mary Bevan smiling, with circular purple and red swirls around her

Let there be light! The UK premiere of James MacMillan’s Fiat Lux, conducted by the composer himself.

Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of Sir James MacMillan, so the first UK performance of his Fiat Lux – premiered earlier this year in California is a big event. First, though, MacMillan conducts works by Pärt, Britten and Rautavaara – music that he has chosen to illuminate and complement his own creativity.

It’s easy to see where he’s coming from, as music of passionate mourning and turmoil leads up to the first UK performance of a work that US critics have praised for its 'thrilling exuberance'. For MacMillan, 'beauty is at the heart of our Christian faith' and Fiat Lux is sure to be profoundly shaped by his beliefs. But as ever, his inspiration transcends any one interpretation: expect a celebration both of tradition, and of radical renewal.

The end time for this performance will be added closer to the performance date

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