A festival of music in and around Cumnock

The Cumnock Tryst is three years old and we are delighted to bring another festival of great music to Ayrshire. 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.

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This year, our Patron Nicola Benedetti is back, performing with her trio in what is likely to be a sell-out concert in Trinity Church on Friday night.

We are also excited that the great bass-baritone Sir Willard White will join our new Festival Chorus, NYOS Camerata, the RSNO Junior Chorus and Genesis Sixteen in music of Copland and McDowall in our new venue, Auchinleck Parish Church on Saturday.

Our artists in residence this year will be Headspace and Pandora’s Box. Drake Music Scotland and young local people are also involved again, our Festival Club returns and our extremely popular finale concerts will take place in Dumfries House.

You can see our previous festival programmes here:  2015 Festival  |  2014 Festival 


I have watched James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst grow into something magical in the three short years of its existence. I am honoured to be part of this extraordinary achievement, where first class performances combine with genuine community engagement to produce this rare and wonderful festival. It is a delight to return to perform in 2016.
— Nicola Benedetti MBE