UpClose Encounters:

Chamber Music & Dialogue with Sir James MacMillan

Composer/Presenter James MacMillan
Piano Colleen Lee (HKS Artist Associate 2010/2011)
Violin James Cuddeford
Clarinet Fong Hiu-kai Johnny


James MacMillan

After the Tryst (1988) for Violin & Piano

Kiss on Wood (1993) for Violin & Piano

Lumen Christi  for Piano (1997)

From Galloway (2000) for Solo Clarinet

in angustiis…I  for Piano (2001)

Motet III from Since it was the day of Preparation… (2012) for Solo Clarinet in Bb

A renowned contemporary composer and active internationally as a conductor, Sir James MacMillan has established himself as one of the foremost composers of his generation. Drawing influences from his Scottish heritage, strong Catholic faith and social beliefs, MacMillan has attracted international attention for his compositions. Invited as a guest conductor by Hong Kong Sinfonietta, MacMillan will be making his Hong Kong début conducting the orchestra on 8 Sep at HK City Hall.

Few days before the concert, music-lovers will have a close-up encounter with Sir James alongside Hong Kong Sinfonietta Concertmaster James Cuddeford as they give invaluable insights into their musical experiences. With pianist Colleen Lee, Hong Kong Sinfonietta Concertmaster James Cuddeford and Principal Clarinet Johnny Fong performing MacMillan’s chamber works that are rarely heard in HK, it will be a treat for the ears.


James MacMillan (Composer)

In the past three decades, MacMillan’s achievement and musical language have attracted signification admiration and acclaim in the music industry, setting an example for young modern composers to follow. After the extraordinary success of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie at the BBC Proms in 1990, his works have since been performed and broadcasted around the world. His major works include the percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, which has received close to 500 performances, a cello concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich and four symphonies. His interpreters include Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vadim Repin, Leonard Slatkin, Andrew Davis, Marin Alsop, London Symphony Orchestra, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and The Sixteen. Also internationally active as a conductor, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic until 2013 and Composer/Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic from 2000 to 2009.

“James MacMillan is the greatest living British composer.”

The Telegraph

“A creator who replaced modernist aridity with communicative directness.”

The New York Times


Booking Details
Dates & Times:

5 September 2018 (Wednesday)



Tai Kwun JC Cube

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Free admission (registration is required)


The Tai Kwun entrance nearest to JC Cube is located on Arbuthnot Road (Bauhinia House Gate). CLICK HERE for details.

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Duration: The performance will last for approximately 60 minutes without intermission.
Language: In English
Age Limit: Recommended for ages 6 and above.
Programme Enquiries: 2836 3336 / info@hksinfonietta.org
Remarks: Hong Kong Sinfonietta reserves the right to change the programme and artists

The APPRECIATE concerts are, mainly, classical concerts featuring guest artists and conductors of world renown.  Apart from performing orchestral masterpieces, Hong Kong Sinfonietta regularly commissions new works and introduces to audiences works that are rarely heard in Hong Kong.

Music is good for everyone! The LEARN series takes audiences aged 0 to 88 into the world of classical music through specially designed concert series including Good Music for Babies, Good Music for Kids, Short-cut to Classical Music, Know Your Classical Music and HKS McDull Music Project.

In the light-hearted RELAX concerts, Hong Kong Sinfonietta shares with audiences great music ranging from orchestral favourites to music from movies and musicals.

The ENCOUNTER series offers unique opportunities for audiences to get close to the music and the performers through chamber music concerts, talks, often at unconventional venues or time. These include Good Music This Lunch, Good Music @ The Fringe, Beyond Good Music @ The Fringe, HKS ArtisTree Residency and UpClose Encounters.

Often referred to as “one of the world’s great small orchestras”, Hong Kong Sinfonietta has been invited to go on many TOURS in Europe, Asia, South and North Americas, sharing good music with audiences in over 30 cities.  In 2017/2018, the orchestra will make its début in Germany and perform at festivals in France, Portugal, as well as the Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland.

WHAT ELSE?  Apart from classical concerts, Hong Kong Sinfonietta regularly appears in staged productions by Hong Kong Ballet, Opera Hong Kong and visiting arts groups such as The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This season, Hong Kong Sinfonietta will also host the 1st International Conducting Competition.

“The Hong Kong Sinfonietta… emerged as an orchestra quite worthy to bear its country's flag.”  Le Devoir (Canada)