First and foremost we had the world premiere of a brand new a cappella piece by James MacMillan, written for the Junior Chorus and funded by the Hope Scott Trust. Entitled Nova! Nova! Ave fit ex Eva, the fascinating and beautiful new piece, sung with spellbinding understanding and technical applomb by the chorus, is a characteristic piece that mixes catchy, toe-tapping rhythms with trickily-elusive little vocal turns, is immediately infectious and communicative while being rigorously uncompromising, and is written with the composer's precision-tooled acuity into what is and is not effective for choral forces. After the enthralling performance of a work that will be pounced on by directors of young choirs, one curious lad asked, in all innocence: "Who is James MacMillan?" I told him.