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The Craigmyle Lecture

The Craigmyle Lecture was launched in 2000 in honour of a former Catholic Union President, Lord Craigmyle. It is the Catholic Union’s annual flagship lecture, which gives a platform to a prominent public figure to talk about a matter of importance to Catholics in this country. Previous speakers have included Lord Alton of Liverpool, Baroness Scotland, Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, Rt Hon Anne Widdecombe, and Sir Rocco Forte.

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Sir James MacMillan CBE delivers annual Craigmyle Lecture

The Catholic Union’s annual Craigmyle Lecture was delivered this year by the Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan CBE with the title “Music, Faith and Politics”.

This year’s lecture on 24 November was delivered via video conference on account of coronavirus restrictions, with Sir James addressing Catholic Union members and supporters from his home in the Ayrshire countryside.

Sir James has composed concertos, operas and symphonies among other works, as well as composing music for the opening of the new Scottish Parliament and the Papal Visit in 2010.

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