A ground-breaking composer will conduct the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in two of his own scores and two other British works at Portsmouth Guildhall next Friday (7.30pm).
James MacMillan, born in 1959, has smashed the barrier that often separates composers from audiences, and his The Confession Of Isobel Gowdie was a notable triumph when premiered at a Saturday night Prom in 1990.
The music was inspired by accounts of the executions of alleged ‘witches’ in Scotland.
In 1662 Isobel Gowdie was induced under torture to confess to diabolical acts for which she was strangled and burned at the stake. In the published score MacMillan wrote that this was the Requiem she never had.
Next Friday’s concert opens with a suite of three interludes from MacMillan’s opera, The Sacrifice, which is based on Welsh myths.
The programme also features Fantasia On A Theme Of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams and Walton’s Viola Concerto with Lawrence Power.
The BSO are also at the Guildhall tonight with a programme of Liszt, Szymanowksi and Rachmaninov.
· Tickets: (023) 9282 4355 or portsmouthguildhall.co.uk.