Scots composer takes St Petersburg post

Scots composer takes St Petersburg post


norman lebrecht

November 24, 2021

The Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan has been named this season’s composer-in residence at the Academic symphony orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonia.

Alexander Titov will conduct Russian premieres of two of his works this weekend and MacMillan will conduct a concert of his own music in February. The project has been initiated by the Department of Culture and Education of the British Embassy in Moscow as part of its 2021-22 UK-Russia Creative Bridge programme.

MacMillan says: ‘There are strong Scottish traits in my works, but also an aggressive and forthright tendency with a strong rhythmic physicality, showing the influence of Stravinsky, Messiaen and some minimalist composers.’


  • V.Lind says:

    Surprised they don’t have him conducting a programme of Burns’ songs on Jan. 25. More Russians apparently celebrate Burns Nights than any other country on earth.

    Nice gig.

  • Ms.Melody says:

    Interesting, how Muti and VPO going to visit Egypt is a cause for scorn and condemnation, but Sir James MacMillan working in Putin’s Russia is a part of “building a creative bridge”. Some definite double standard is at play here.