James MacMillan read music at Edinburgh University and took Doctoral studies in composition at Durham University with John Casken. After working as a lecturer at Manchester University, he returned to Scotland and settled in Glasgow.
The successful premiere of Tryst at the 1990 St Magnus Festival led to his appointment as Affiliate Composer of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Between 1992 and 2002 he was Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today series of contemporary music concerts. MacMillan is internationally active as a conductor, working as Composer/Conductor with the BBC Philharmonic between 2000 and 2009, and appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic from 2010. He was awarded a CBE in January 2004.
James MacMillan was awarded a Knighthood in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours. He is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.
Since it was the day of Preparation... is a choral piece for small chorus and ensemble. The piece was commissioned by Hebrides Ensemble along with partners Edinburgh International Festival, King’s Place and Soli Deo Gloria. It had its world premiere on the 22 August 2012 at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh. Performed by William Conway, cello, Brindley Sherratt, bass, the Hebrides Ensemble and Synergy Vocals.
The streamed performance was recorded in Amsterdam by MAX Broadcasting Company and (Dutch) Radio 4.