James MacMillan, the preeminent Scottish composer of our time, draws upon his Celtic heritage and Catholic faith for revelatory choral works that tap into our universal humanity. Britten Sinfonia and U.K.-based chorus The Sixteen, under the baton of Harry Christophers, present the U.S. premiere of MacMillan’s Stabat Mater, a gripping new masterpiece evoking a mother’s anguish.

The Program

“The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia produced one of those performances during which you can hardly breathe for fear of missing a nuance of expression.”
– Times (U.K.)
“MacMillan’s Stabat Mater is a masterpiece of choral invention.”
– Scotsman



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Help us to create a phone-free experience at this performance. After you scan your ticket at the venue, you will have the option to lock your cellphones, smart watches, etc. in a Yondr case. You will keep this case with you throughout the performance, and you will be able to unlock it upon exiting.

By removing digital distractions, we hope to enhance your experience and allow everyone to connect in a meaningful way.

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Britten Sinfonia
The Sixteen

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm Alice Tully Hall

Chamber Orchestras

Pre-concert discussion with James MacMillan and Andrew Shenton at 6:15 pm in the Opera Learning Center, Samuel B. & David Rose Building, 6th Floor

Britten Sinfonia
The Sixteen,
Harry Christophers, conductor

Performance Details

  • One hour and 15 minutes, no intermission

James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.