About This Event
First up in our popular ‘The Books That Made Me’ strand this year is the renowned Scottish composer, James MacMillan. James grew up in Ayrshire and studied composition at the University of Edinburgh. He came to the attention of the classical establishment with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie at the Proms in 1990 and since then has enjoyed international success, working with Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Leonard Slatkin and Sir Andrew Davis. His musical language includes influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, and social conscience, blended with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian and Eastern European music. He was awarded a Knighthood in the 2015 Queen's Birthday honours.