James MacMillan on English Visionaries

Sat 26 Jan 2013 14.30 - 15.30

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX

Event Price: £5 - £10

James MacMillan on faith and creativity and the influence and reach of Edwardian artistic thought. James MacMillan is one of today’s most successful living composers and is also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Catholic faith, social conscience and Scottish heritage. Taking Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius as a starting point he will examine the idea of Elgar as a visionary artist and explore how social, cultural and religious thought, combined with the pioneering spirit and drive of Edwardian Culture in England, shaped artistic thought through the Twentieth Century and beyond. Celebrating the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Bicentenary and linked to the LPO’s performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, these events are a part of the Southbank Centre’s The Rest Is Noise Festival.
Do we treat 'faith' as a dirty word when it comes to music and the arts? James MacMillan whets the appetite for this discussion in his Telegraph blog.

Other events in this Series on 26 January

16.00 - My Music: Your Music Premiere of a new film installation that brings together a range of young musicians voicing their thoughts and visions of music in the future. 17.30 - The Edwardian Era: Empire, Society and Culture Academics and cultural commentators come together to discuss the Edwardian aesthetic. 19.30 - Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius The LPO perform this profound and heartfelt choral work under the baton of Sir Mark Elder.