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James MacMillan

Conductor; Artistic Director, The Cumnock Tryst; Professor of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, St. Mary's College

Sir James Loy MacMillan is one of today’s most successful composers and performs internationally as a conductor. He is currently Artistic Director at The Cumnock Tryst in Scotland and Professor of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St. Mary’s College, St Andrews.

MacMillan was composer and conductor with the BBC Philharmonic from 2000 to 2009, following which he took up a position as principal guest conductor with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic. He is one of the patrons of St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, the London Oratory School Schola, The British Art Music Series, and of the Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.

His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music, blended with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian, and Eastern European music.