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MacMillan conducts MacMillan
Saturday 19 August 2017
Usher Hall

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

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70th Anniversary

Each of the works in this programme received its world premiere at the International Festival.

  • Running time: 
    1hr 45mins approx (one interval)


Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Supported by

The John S Cohen Foundation



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

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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Sir James MacMillan
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Ole Edvard Antonsen
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This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


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