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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Sir James MacMillan announces 2017 Cumnock Tryst programme

6:30, 16th May 2017

Sir James MacMillan has announced the programme for the fourth Cumnock Tryst, which will take place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck and at Dumfries House between 28 September and 1 October 2017.

The Scottish Ensemble have been named as this year’s artists in residence. They will be joined by Colin Currie to launch the festival, and will appear in a number of other events – including a performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross with the Westminster Cathedral Choir, conducted by the composer himself – as well as contributing to the Tryst’s education programme.

The event features a number of works commissioned by and for the Cumnock Tryst, with new works from David Maric, Jay Capperauld and Michael Murray, and will mark the 300th anniversary of historic Dumfries Arms Hotel with a range of events, including the Festival Club (this year featuring Centrestage Gospel and Soul Choir).

A concert by Ayrshire’s Dalmellington Band and the Wallace Collection in the Old Cumnock Church will see Martyn Brabbins return to his musical roots, both conducting and writing music for brass band, and the Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus will perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs alongside works by Maxwell Davies, Finzi, Warlock and Britten under the baton of Eamonn Dougan.

Other highlights include a performance from Cumnock-born violinist Ian Peaston; a solo performance from Colin Currie; and a coffee and cake concert from traditional music group Gnoss.

The 2017 Tryst will conclude with a performance in Dumfries House comprising three promenade concerts. The first part of the event will feature guitarist Sean Shibe playing Bach’s fourth lute suite in the Tapestry Room; next, the Wallace Collection quintet will play Jim Parker’s Golden Section in the Entrance Hall; and finally, members of Scottish Ensemble will perform works by Tabakova and Mozart in the Great Steward’s Dining Room.

As part of the festival, Drake Music Scotland will create new work with pupils from Hillside School and adults with special educational needs from the Riverside Centre, with the outcome of these projects forming two movements of a ‘symphony’ called Kaleidoscope, which will be premiered as part of the Tryst; the other two movements will be created by string players from Greenmill Primary School and students from Auchinleck Academy working with Sir James MacMillan.

‘The Cumnock Tryst is now four years old and we are delighted to bring another exciting Festival of great music to East Ayrshire,’ says Sir James. ‘We have a wonderful array of artists joining us this year in a programme that showcases the very best in performance by professional, amateur and young musicians, and gives an important platform to local talent alongside internationally renowned soloists and ensembles.’

General public booking opens on 12 June. This year, the festival is offering up to two free tickets for under 16s with every full price ticket purchased.


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