The world premiere of the new Genesis Foundation commission by James MacMillan, Stabat mater, was performed in October 2016 at the Barbican, London.
The concert received an ecstatic standing ovation and unanimous critical praise. Long–term Genesis Foundation partners, The Sixteen, under the direction of Harry Christophers performed with the Britten Sinfonia. MacMillan’s Stabat mater is a profound and deeply moving rendering of the Stabat mater text.
James MacMillan Stabat mater: a Genesis Foundation commission. Watch the film below:
New performances of this important work will be announced soon.
On 23 January 2018, James Macmillan and Stabat mater received 3 nominations from the Scottish Awards for New Music 2018.
- Large scale New Work (11+ performers) sponsored by PRS for Music
- EVM Award for New Music Recording of the Year
- RCS Awards for Contribution to New Music in Scotland during 2017
James MacMillan wrote an article for the Spectator about his draw to the Stabat Mater, in addition to working with Harry Christophers, The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia, available here.
For press coverage of the world premiere of Stabat Mater at the Barbican, click here.
For press coverage of the Stabat Mater recording, click here.