03 September 2014
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22 July 2014
Congratulations to Judith Weir on being appointed Master of the Queen’s Music. The first female holder of the post and the first, I think I’m correct in saying, to have been appointed while her predecessor is still alive - two more fundamental changes to a post which itself changed beyond all recognition over the previous decades.
It would be lovely to say that Judith Weir is the ideal choice for this post. But is she? And, frankly, what does the post entail that would allow anyone to define what “the ideal choice” would be?
|The promise of a Musical Monarch?|
|Explore Judith Weir's choral music with this excellent disc from Delphian (DCD34095)|
20 July 2014
15 July 2014
A few months ago, Gramophone magazine asked me to prepare a profile of the Scottish composer James MacMillan, who celebrates his 55th birthday this year. Knowing his output from my work reviewing church and choral music, I thoroughly enjoyed delving deeper into this highly imaginative and accessible voice, so reprint my article here, not quite as it appeared in Gramophone. Since then, however, I have been seeking out MacMillan's music and have taken a great liking to everything I have heard. Might I recommend readers of this to head towards this disc when it appears later this month? I've reviewed it for September's Gramophone, so my lips are sealed; let's just say, I loved it!