Friday 2 October, 7.30pm
(Approx running time: 2 hours including interval)

£25 / £15 for under 26s and local residents


Trinity Church
46 Ayr Road, KA18 1DW

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Steve Martland: Poor Roger

Alonso de Alba: La Tricotea Samartin

Anonymous: Dindirin

Mateo Flecha: El fuego

James MacMillan: A Rumoured Seed

Orlandus Lassus: Dessus le marché d’Arras

Orlandus Lassus: Paisible domaine

Clément Janequin: Les cris de Paris

Steve Martland: Oranges and Lemons 

Malcolm Williamson: The Musicians of Bremen 

Close Harmony


Ever since I was a boy I have loved the special unique sound of The King’s Singers. The personnel may have changed since the 1960s and 70s but the glorious, unmistakable, all-male, a cappella sound goes on. It is a delight to welcome them to our new festival venue in Trinity Church. Recently a dream came true when they invited me to write a new piece for them. This, with other recent music by Martland and Williamson, as well as the beautiful secular music of Renaissance composers and the characteristic close harmony of the ensemble provides a wide-ranging programme, especially for Cumnock.
— James MacMillan

Towns Tell Tales

Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. This varied programme features music inspired by the world’s towns and cities, where life is busy and often chaotic. Steve Martland’s Street Songs frame the first half, setting well-known children’s rhymes. Renaissance town life is colourfully depicted in contrasting pieces, including Clément Janequin’s Les cris de Paris, which brings to life the street vendors of Paris.

The concert’s centrepiece, A Rumoured Seed, written for The King’s Singers last year by James MacMillan, provides a vision of urban life in the springtime, as blossom and pollen conquer our pollution-choked conurbations. The second half starts with Malcolm Williamson’s entertaining telling of the Grimm Brothers’ The Musicians of Bremen, and the concert ends with The King’s Singers’ signature close harmony selection

Banner photo credit: Chris O'Donovan