A festival of music in and around Cumnock

For a few autumn days the East Ayrshire town of Cumnock becomes a meeting place for music. Founded by composer Sir James MacMillan, The Cumnock Tryst brings some of the world's greatest musicians into local venues, churches and halls, with the community at the heart of all of its activities. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported The Cumnock Tryst in 2014 and 2015 - our participants and performers, our wonderful volunteers, our friends, patrons and supporters, and of course, our audiences who packed out venues and created such a special atmosphere throughout the whole festival.

The Cumnock Tryst 2016 will be launched on Wednesday 25th May. Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up for our e-news.

View our archived events for the 2015 festival and 2014 festival.

Only in its second year, James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst is already an extraordinary achievement. Combining first class performances with genuine community engagement is incredibly difficult to realise and a delight to witness.
— Nicola Benedetti MBE