Discover James MacMillan

A very happy 60th birthday to composer James MacMillan! Here's a playlist to celebrate...


One of the UK's most prolific and prominent composers, Sir James MacMillan's creative voice spans all genres. Though, perhaps, most keenly associated with choral works, his vast writing output also includes chamber works and symphonies.


His fifth symphony will be premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in August, where his life and music will be celebrated during a week of events to mark his 60th birthday (16 July).

Don't forget to tune into Radio 3 throughout the week (15-19 July) as James is 'Composer of the Week'.


If you'd like to discover some of his music, why not have a listen to our playlist below? And look out for two new books: A Scot's Song by the man himself (Birlinn 978-1-780-27617-5, £7.99) and The Music of James MacMillan by Philip A. Cooke (Boydell Press 978-1-783-27370-6, £30).