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Sir James MacMillan at the 2014 festival

Lucy Thraves

Deputy Editor

James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst festival programme announced

8:22, 5th June 2018

The Cumnock Tryst festival, created and run by Sir James MacMillan, returns for its 5th year this October.

Highlights include:

  • Artists in residence the Edinburgh Quartet premiere a new work by Rory Boyle, alongside works by Mozart and Dvořák, at St John’s Church in Cumnock.
  • The world premiere of a new oratorio by James MacMillan, All the Hills and Vales Along. The work will be performed by Ian Bostridge and the Edinburgh Quartet.
  • A solo leider recital from Ian Bostridge and pianist Saskia Giorgini.
  • The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland Jazz Futures perform alongside Digital Orchestra, a group of young musicians with disabilities, developed through Drake Music Scotland.
  • The Sixteen and Harry Christophers perform a programme based on the Eton Choirbook.

James MacMillan said: ‘The last five years have been an exciting journey for me as the festival has gradually put down roots in the town where I grew up.

‘I wanted to mark our fifth festival by writing a special new piece. All the Hills and Vales Along will bring together some of our starry visitors with the local Dallmellington Band and the Festival Chorus conducted by Eamonn Dougan. I have been waiting for a long time to write this piece for Cumnock.’


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