Every year, St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto hosts a distinguished lecturer in their “Christianity and the Arts” series. This year the lecturer is James MacMillan, one of the world’s finest living composers, speaking on the topic “The Catholic Composer Today“. How I would love to be there.
MacMillan is a terrific composer. He first achieved international attention with his percussion concerto Veni, Veni Emmanuel in 1992, and has since gone on to write arresting and beautiful music in many genres: symphonies, concerti, and choral music, both liturgical and otherwise. His opera, The Sacrifice, based on one of the tales in the Mabinogion, premiered just last year at the Welsh National Opera.
Here is a performance of his motet Christus vincit, composed in 1994 for St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The choir is the Vancouver-based Musica Intima. They’re awfully good.