Saturday 3 October, 7.30pm
Approx running time: 1 hour 40 minutes, no interval

£16 / £10 for under 26s and Local Residents

Family Offer: £4 for children (age 16 and under)



Hebrides Ensemble, NYOS Camerata, Genesis Sixteen, The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus


Eamonn Dougan: Conductor

Andrew McTaggart: Choirmaster

James MacMillan: "When you see the millions of the mouthless dead." World Premiere

Bach: Partita in D minor with Bach Chorales including Ciaccona with hidden chorales

Fauré: Requiem


Supported by the Genesis Foundation

Festival Chorus Inaugural Concert

Photo: Robin Mitchell 

Photo: Robin Mitchell 

As well as bringing great musicians to perform in Cumnock, The Tryst aims to give people in the area as much opportunity as possible to make music themselves in the festival, alongside our illustrious visitors. One way is to harness the great love of singing that exists in Ayrshire and mould it into a Chorus that can perform masterworks from the repertoire. Eamonn Dougan was such an inspiration with our singers last year that we had to get him back to launch the new choir.
— James MacMillan

At last year’s Festival Eamonn Dougan and his colleagues from The Sixteen led our Come and Sing Day, laying the foundations of The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus. This year we welcome Eamonn back to conduct the first ever performance with the Festival Chorus. The new choir has grown out of the workshop experience of last year and we hope it will be regular feature at future Trysts.

The Chorus is joined by some alumni of Genesis Sixteen, the training academy for the great professional choir which launched The Cumnock Tryst last year. They will give the world premiere of a new work by James MacMillan and will sing the Bach Chorales which complement the wonderful solo violin music by the same great master. They will also provide the solo voices in the Fauré Requiem - the centrepiece of this concert. 

Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen's free young artists' scheme which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers. During the course of a year, a series of week-long and weekend courses are led by key figures from The Sixteen, including founder and conductor Harry Christophers and Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan.

Participants receive group tuition, individual mentoring and masterclasses run by some of the industry's top vocal experts. Thanks to a close partnership with the Genesis Foundation participants not only receive free tuition but also a bursary to cover all additional costs.

This is the UK's first ever fully-funded programme of its kind and alumni from the first four years have already had much success since graduating. Many are now performing, recording and touring with professional groups, including The Sixteen. A number of them have set up their own choirs and are showing true entrepreneurialism in developing their brand and reputation on the music circuit.