Hong Kong Sinfonietta – UpClose Encounters: Chamber Music & Dialogue with Sir James MacMillan

Hong Kong Sinfonietta – UpClose Encounters: Chamber Music & Dialogue with Sir James MacMillan

Date & Time

5 Sep 2018 7:30pm-8:30pm


JC Cube


Free of charge


James MacMillan

Colleen Lee (HKS Artist Associate 2010/2011)

James Cuddeford

Fong Hiu-kai Johnny

Programme Partner
Hong Kong Sinfonietta


“James MacMillan is the greatest living British composer.”
The Telegraph

“A creator who replaced modernist aridity with communicative directness.”
The New York Times


A renowned contemporary composer and active internationally as a conductor, Sir James MacMillan has established himself as one of the foremost composers of his generation. Drawing influences from his Scottish heritage, strong Catholic faith and social beliefs, MacMillan has attracted international attention for his compositions. Invited as a guest conductor by Hong Kong Sinfonietta, MacMillan will be making his Hong Kong début conducting the orchestra on 8 Sep at HK City Hall.

Few days before the concert, music-lovers will have a close-up encounter with Sir James at Tai Kwun alongside Hong Kong Sinfonietta Concertmaster James Cuddeford as they give invaluable insights into their musical experiences.

With pianist Colleen Lee, Hong Kong Sinfonietta Concertmaster James Cuddeford and Principal Clarinet Johnny Fong performing MacMillan’s chamber works that are rarely heard in HK, it will be a treat for the ears.


Programme: Chamber works by Sir James MacMillan
After the Tryst (1988) for Violin & Piano
Kiss on Wood (1993) for Violin & Piano
Lumen Christi for Piano (1997)
From Galloway (2000) for Solo Clarinet
in angustiis…I for Piano (2001)
Motet III from Since it was the day of Preparation… (2012) for Solo Clarinet in Bb


James MacMillan       Composer

In the past three decades, MacMillan’s achievements and musical language have attracted significant admiration and acclaim in the music industry, setting an example for young modern composers to follow. After the extraordinary success of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie at the 1990 BBC Proms, MacMillan’s works have since been performed and broadcast all over the world. His percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel has received close to 500 performances, along with a cello concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich and four symphonies. His interpreters include Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vadim Repin, Leonard Slatkin, Andrew Davis, Marin Alsop, London Symphony Orchestra, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and The Sixteen. Also internationally active as a conductor, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic until 2013 and Composer/Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic from 2000 to 2009.


In English

Recommended for ages 6 and above.

The performance will last for approximately 60 minutes without intermission.