Saturday 1 October / 7.30pm
(Approx running time: 1 hour 10 minutes, no interval) 

£16 (£10) 

Festival Pass – Priority Booking and a 20% discount


St John’s Church, 92 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1JU  

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Genesis Sixteen is the training academy for The Sixteen, one of the world’s great choirs. Some of them joined us last year for the launch concert of the new Festival Chorus. Now they are back in full strength to offer a characteristic programme on their own of Renaissance polyphony and British 20th and 21st century composers, including Rebelo, Mouton, Bertolusi, Melgas, and 20th and 21st century British repertoire, including works by Britten, Finzi, Warlock, Leighton and MacMillan.

Credit: Benjamin Harte

Credit: Benjamin Harte

Their conductor Eamonn Dougan, one of the best in the land, has become a great friend of The Tryst and has helped establish our new chorus. In this Genesis programme we will get a glimpse into the future of British choral singing, admired all around the world for its clarity, purity and beauty. 

The first ever Cumnock Tryst concert in 2014 was given by The Sixteen in St John’s, indicating the central importance of choral music to the Festival. This year The Sixteen’s youngsters are back with an idiomatic programme of old and new. The Genesis Foundation is instrumental in the ongoing development of the British choral tradition, and The Tryst is delighted to be part of their plans.
— Sir James MacMillan