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"Classical music is a living clture..."

Scottish composer James MacMillan recently won a Classical Brit Award for the record label Chandos' recording of his Symphony no. 3: Silence. The disc, featuring the BBC Philharmonic conducted by the composer, also features The Confession of Isobel Gowdie.

On receiving the award MacMillan said "an award like this, where the work of a living composer is celebrated at such an event, sends a very clear signal to the world of classical music and beyond, that classical music is a living culture as well as a museum culture and I think that is very important and always has been, and if that can encourage younger composers to continue and write and be creative, I'd be delighted."

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