I had the great pleasure of meeting James MacMillan a few days ago. I had always thought that I would love to have dinner with him, not just because he is one of the foremost composers of contemporary music, but because he seems to understand modern man's yearning for God and rejection of Him, and God's searching for him and crucifixion in him, at least that is what I see in his music, but not just his music, but in what he writes and how he speaks. He seems like a man who knows a secret, an abstraction, that can only properly be expressed in abstraction. It is that articulate inarticulation St John of the Cross speaks about.
And I also admire anyone who is acclaimed as a great musician and yet runs his parish choir.
In the latter half of the interview above he speaks about the influence of the Liturgy on his music.
Below is an excerpt from his Percussion Concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel.