Saturday 30 September, 2pm Approx running time 70 mins, no interval

£15 / £10



Dalmellington Band
The Wallace Collection

Conductor  Martyn Brabbins

Martyn Brabbins Prelude

Eric Ball Resurgam

Herbert Howells Suite from Pageantry

Jay Capperauld    
As Above, So Below
world premiere (commissioned by John Wallace)

Martyn Brabbins  Miniature No 1

Mendelssohn  Overture from Fingal’s Cave

Holst  March from A Moorside Suite

Supported by PRS for Music Foundation, Cumnock and Doon Valley Minerals Trust and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust


We are delighted to welcome back Dalmellington Band for this special concert in Cumnock Old Church. Brass music has been a feature of cultural life in Ayrshire for generations, just as it has been in many industrial areas of the UK. Some of the country’s greatest musicians were brass band players before pursuing major careers as soloists, conductors and composers.

Today’s conductor was a band trombonist before his life as a major conductor, taking him all over the world. Known to Scottish audiences through his fruitful relationship with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins is now artistic director of English National Opera. His programme today combines some favourite British band standards with a brand new piece by New Cumnockian Jay Capperauld. His new work has a concertante role for brass quintet, and today’s virtuosi are The Wallace Collection led by John Wallace who began his musical life in the colliery bands of Fife.

It is a delight to welcome my old friends Martyn Brabbins and John Wallace to the Tryst. Martyn returns to his musical roots and includes a couple of short band pieces he wrote himself some years ago. John has had a brilliant career as a world-class trumpeter before his time as Principal of the RCS. It will be wonderful to see them work closely with our local renowned band in well-loved repertoire, as well as launching an exciting, innovative new work by our very own Jay Capperauld.
— Sir James MacMillan