Mrs Rui Sano contacted me about James Dillon, she wrote
Accidentally I came across your website when I was looking up something else about Stabat Mater, it’s amazing to learn there are hundreds of Stabat Mater’s composed and recorded!
I thought I should drop you a line because I was surprised your list didn’t include the Stabat Mater by James Dillon. I was very lucky to be at a performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London in 2015. It was one of the most beautiful and moving concert experience I ever had! I particularly adore the Vivaldi and Pergolesi versions, now I hope to hear the Dillon version again, despite it’s great success it seems there are no CD recordings of the work, a great shame!! Thank you for such an otherwise informative website.
I have never even heard of James Dillon, so I was very happy with the information. Now James Dillon is on the list of Missing CD’s. I discovered James Dillon is a contemporary British composer. He was commissioned to write a Stabat mater for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) for an ensemble, choir and electronics.
The Stabat Mater text is expanded with a number of other texts including excerpts from the radical French writer Julia Kristeva’s essay on the Stabat Mater, Rainer Maria Rilke’s early Visions of Christ, John Donne’s A Valediction and excerpts from a letter to Picasso from his mother (in May 1937 Picasso’s mother wrote to him from Barcelona that smoke from the burning city during the fighting made her eyes water). On Youtube you can watch a video about James Dillon.