Sir James MacMillan CBE announces 2017 Cumnock Tryst Festival programme

Images: Sir James MacMillan CBE founder and Artistic Director of The Cumnock Tryst  and Scottish Ensemble, Artists in Residence at the 2017 festival

  •  Acclaimed Scottish Ensemble are Artists in Residence
  • Soloists include Colin Currie (percussion), Sean Shibe (guitar) and Andrew McTaggart (baritone)
  • World Premieres of commissions from David Maric, Jay Capperauld and Michael Murray
  • ENO Artistic Director, Martyn Brabbins, returns to his musical roots conducting the Dalmellington Band, with the Wallace Collection
  • World famous Westminster Cathedral Choir perform MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross
  • Partnership with Drake Music Scotland continues
  • Festival Club (Centrestage Gospel and Soul Choir, and Granny Green), Cumnock Hour (Paul MacAlindin and James Knox), Ian Peaston and Gnoss appear in the Dumfries Arms as historic venue marks its 300th anniversary
  • Festival will take place across Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck and at Dumfries House between 28 Sept and 1 October 2017

Sir James MacMillan CBE announced the programme for 2017 Cumnock Tryst at a special event in the Dumfries Arms tonight, 16 May 2017. The launch event also featured a performance by Folk trio, Kilda, presented in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland. The fourth annual Cumnock Tryst Festival will take place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck, and in Dumfries House between 28 September and 1 October 2017.

 

“The Cumnock Tryst is now four years old and we are delighted to bring another exciting Festival of great music to East Ayrshire,” says Sir James. “We have a wonderful array of artists joining us this year in a programme that showcases the very best in performance by professional, amateur and young musicians, and gives an important platform to local talent alongside internationally renowned soloists and ensembles.”

“I am delighted to announce that our Artists in Residence this year are the wonderful Scottish Ensemble. They will launch the Festival on the Thursday night and be involved every day in one thing or another as well as in our on-going education programme.”

“From the beginning we have been committed to ensuring the widest possible access to The Cumnock Tryst festival with special discounts for under 26s and local residents, and a range of free events such as the Festival Club,” adds Sir James. “This year we will be extending this commitment to include a new opportunity offering up to two free tickets for under 16s with every full price ticket purchased. This offer will be available for all Festival events.”

"We were thrilled to be invited to be the official Artists in Residence at this year’s Cumnock Tryst, adds Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton. “The SE musicians and I are already looking forward to spending four days at the Festival performing across a wide range of events. A particular highlight has been working on our first co-commission together, a piece by composer and pianist Dave Maric, which we’re excited to be performing on the opening night alongside percussionist Colin Currie.”

Festival Patron, Nicola Benedetti added: “Congratulations to Sir James and his wonderful team at The Cumnock Tryst for all the success of the Festival so far, and for producing a wonderful programme for the fourth Tryst. I’m so happy to be associated with this great success story, and I know that the audiences are in for lots of treats this year.” 

 

Special commissions for special soloists

Images: Colin Currie, who will be a soloist in the World Premiere of a new work by Dave Maric, and Sean Shibe, who will give the World Premiere of a Guitar Concerto by Michael Murray

The 2017 Festival features a number of works commissioned by and for The Cumnock Tryst. The opening concert on the evening of Thursday 28 September in Cumnock Town Hall will bring together the acclaimed Scottish Ensemble with the renowned percussionist Colin Currie in a performance of a new work co-commissioned from David Maric by The Cumnock Tryst and Scottish Ensemble. Maric will also perform in the piece. Meanwhile, as part of a performance by the Dalmellington Band and The Wallace Collection on the afternoon of Saturday 30 September a new piece by rising star, Jay Capperauld, will also receive its World Premiere. This piece, As Above, So Below, was commissioned by John Wallace, who will perform it as a member of the Wallace Collection.

Continuing Sir James’ commitment to support local talent, there will be the first performance of a special commission from Auchinleck-based composer, Michael Murray. Murray is the third local composer to be championed by Sir James following Jay Capperauld in 2015 and Scott Lygate last year. Murray has written a concerto which will be performed by the talented young guitarist, Sean Shibe.

Colin Currie will also give a solo performance on the evening of Friday 29 September. This concert will be The Cumnock Tryst’s first event in New Cumnock, with the performance being staged in the recently refurbished New Cumnock Town Hall.

“We have a wonderful array of soloists joining us this year including the world-renowned percussionist Colin Currie and the astonishing young guitarist Sean Shibe, both of whom will be giving World Premieres of works that have been commissioned for them. We are delighted to have co-commissioned the new work by Dave Maric with our artists in residence, Scottish Ensemble, and look forward to hearing them join forces with Colin Currie and Dave Maric himself for the first ever performance of this piece ,” says Sir James MacMillan.

“The Cumnock Tryst is committed to supporting and nurturing local talent, giving performers a platform alongside world famous artists,” he adds. “After commissions from Jay Capperauld in 2015 and Scott Lygate last year I am particularly pleased to announce that a commission from Auchinleck’s Michael Murray will be premiered in the 2017 Cumnock Tryst. It is many years since I first encountered Michael’s music and it is a great pleasure to be able to showcase work by this talented composer in a performance by Scottish Ensemble with Sean Shibe.”

Brass and Choral Music at heart of the festival

Images: Martyn Brabbins, who returns to his musical roots conducting the Dalmellington Band, and Eamonn Dougan with the Festival Chorus. Dougan will once again conduct the Festival Chorus concert at the 2017 Cumnock Tryst .

From the beginning the Cumnock Tryst Festival has featured choral and brass music, both of which have particular resonances in the former mining town. Ayrshire’s Dalmellington Band make a welcome return to the Tryst performing with the virtuoso Wallace Collection in the Old Cumnock Church at 2pm on Saturday 30 September. The concert will see Martyn Brabbins, ENO Artistic Director, return to his musical roots – Brabbins began his musical life as a trombone and euphonium player with the Towcester Studio Brass Band – not only conducting, but also writing music for brass band.

The following two concerts on the Saturday will showcase choral music. At 4pm in Auchinleck Parish Church The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus will give a performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs alongside works by Maxwell Davies, Finzi, Warlock and Britten, once again under the baton of Eamonn Dougan. The Chorus will be joined in the Mozart by a quartet of young soloists from Genesis Sixteen and in the Vaughan Williams by Scottish baritone, Andrew McTaggart. Organist for the performance will be one the UK’s leading concert organists, Kevin Bowyer.

The evening concert will be undoubtedly one of the highlights of the 2017 Festival as Scottish Ensemble is joined by the celebrated Westminster Cathedral Choir in a performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross conducted by the composer himself. The concert will take place in St John’s Church, Cumnock.

“I am particularly pleased to welcome Martyn Brabbins to Cumnock. Now ENO Artistic Director, Martyn, like me, began his musical career as a brass band player,” says Sir James. “We are looking forward to the concert in which he will not only conduct the Dalmellington Band, but will premiere pieces he has written specially for brass band.”

The Festival Chorus is such an integral part of our project in both the musical and social sense, andwe have big plans going forward,” he adds. “Genesis Sixteen, the training academy of The Sixteen, are also now a firm feature of the Festival. We are especially pleased to have four of the young singers with us this year and that Eamonn Dougan will once again conduct our Festival Chorus concert.”

 “I have written a number of works for the incredible choir of Westminster Cathedral, and I am delighted to welcome them to my old church of St John’s, where I played the organas a teenager. They sing my Seven Last Words beautifully and they will be joined by the string ensemble for whom I wrote the piece.”

 “I am also pleased to announce tonight that this year we will be bringing back one of the popular events from the inaugural Festival. We will have a Come and Sing day on Saturday 17 June which will be led by our chorus master, Andrew McTaggart. Everyone is invited to come along and join us for a day of classical and contemporary repertoire in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. There will also be a short informal sharing at a concert for friends and family.  In addition and new for this year we are hosting a day especially for  

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Dumfries Arms

Images: Ian Peaston and Granny Green will be among the performers at the Dumfries Arms as The Cumnock Tryst helps the historic hotel celebrate its 300th anniversary

The historic Dumfries Arms Hotel has been a key venue for The Cumnock Tryst since its inception. This year marks the hotel’s 300th anniversary, and The Tryst will join the celebrations with a range of events, including the Festival Club.

On Friday 29 September at 5pm The Cumnock Hour will bring together Paul MacAlindin with James Knox of the Boswell Book Festival to explore the story of the National Youth Orchestraof Iraq. A beacon of hope and achievement, the young musicians and their tutors made bridges across ethnic divisions and made great music in the most trying and tragic of circumstances. The “in conversation” is part of a collaboration between two leading Ayrshire festivals, The Cumnock Tryst and the Boswell Book Festival.

At 9pm on Friday 29 September, Ian Peaston, the Cumnock-born violinist who wowed the audience in the inaugural festival, will make a welcome return.

On Saturday 30 September at 10am, the talented Royal Conservatoire of Scotland traditional music group, Gnoss, will give a Coffee and Cake Concert

The Cumnock Tryst Festival Club, the relaxed late evening event, this year features Centrestage Gospel and Soul Choir making their Cumnock Tryst debut on Thursday 28 September. On Saturday night, 30 September Granny Green, the trio of talented musicians, who helped launch the 2016 Festival with such elan, will once again showcase their quirky sound world created on trumpet, tuba and accordion.

“From the beginning the Dumfries Arms Hotel has been an important venue for the Tryst, not least as the home of our popular Festival Club,” says Sir James. “We are delighted to help the historic venue celebrate its 300th anniversary with this diverse programme of performances and events, including our first collaboration with the Boswell Book Festival.”

Third year of partnership with Drake Music Scotland

Images: Matilda Brown of Drake Music Scotland and pupils from Hillside School performing at The Cumnock Tryst in 2016

Education and outreach are central to The Cumnock Tryst with the Friday concert in Cumnock Academy established as an emotional highpoint of the Festival. Drake Music Scotland will once again join us to create new work with pupils from Hillside School, whose music-making millions saw on BBC network news last year. Drake Music Scotland will also work with adults with special educational needs from the Riverside Centre, the second year that this group will have taken part in The Tryst. The outcome of these projects will form two movements of “a symphony” called Kaleidoscope, which will be premiered on Friday 29 September at Cumnock Academy. The other two movements will be created by string players from Greenmill Primary School and students from Auchinleck Academy working with Sir James MacMillan. Also taking part in the workshops and performance will be musicians from Scottish Ensemble and percussionist Colin Currie.

“A special chemistry happens when Drake Music Scotland get together with children and adults with special needs at The Cumnock festival,” says Sir James MacMillan. “The music created is incredibly rich and complex, and the performers play at the top of their game alongside professional musicians making something truly wonderful.

“This year we wanted to create a piece that would bring together pupils and adults with special needs and the young performers from Greenmill Primary and Auchinleck Academy in one fully integrated work, which demonstrates tangibly that anyone can compose and make music.”

Festival Finale

The 2017 Festival will once again end in the glorious setting of Dumfries House. There will be three promenade concerts featuring three very different performances on Sunday 1 October. The first part of the event will feature guitarist Sean Shibe playing JS Bach’s Lute Suite No 4 in E in the Tapestry Room. This will be followed by The Wallace Collection quintet playing Jim Parker’s Golden Section in the Entrance Hall, and finally members of Scottish Ensemble will perform works by Tabakova and Mozart in The Great Steward’s Dining Room.

“Dumfries House is a stunning estate, and the 18th-Century house is a wonderful setting for a feast of music,” says Sir James. “It is always a great pleasure to present events against this stunning backdrop, and this year we have three contrasting performances taking the audience on both a physical and musical journey.”

Ticket and Booking Information

Patrons Tickets and Festival Passes for the 2017 Cumnock Tryst Festival go on sale on Wednesday 17 May. Friends booking opens on Tuesday 30 May with general public booking opening on Monday 12 June.

Tickets will be available via the Box Office at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The Box Office is open Monday - Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday hours vary.

Most major credit and debit cards accepted and cheques, made payable to ‘Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.’ There is a 50p charge per transaction on all card payments. Tickets can be posted to you for 75p. Full terms and conditions are available at the Box Office and online.

Any remaining tickets will be available on the door at the venue, 45 minutes before each event. Seating is unreserved in all venues and areas. Doors open 30 minutes before each event. The Box Office will operate an advance waiting list for sold out concerts.

For further information on The Cumnock Tryst visit: www.thecumnocktryst.com

Follow the festival on Facebook and on Twitter @TheCumnockTryst

The 2017 Cumnock Tryst festival has been made possible with generous support from Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, The Boswell Book Festival, Creative Scotland (Lottery), Cumnock and Doon Valley Minerals Trust, The Dumfries Arms Hotel, East Ayrshire Council, The Genesis Foundation, The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust, The William Grant Foundation, The Hinrichsen Trust, The Hillside Quarry Group, The Hunter Foundation, the  University of the West of Scotland, and our anonymous supporters, our Festival Friends and Patrons.

The Cumnock Tryst is supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

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Notes for Editors

 The Cumnock Tryst was founded by composer Sir James MacMillan in 2014. The Festival’s name, The Cumnock Tryst, was inspired by a piece of music James MacMillan wrote in the 1980s when he was still living in Ayrshire. This was a setting of William Soutar’s love poem, The Tryst. Tryst is an old Scots word which means a meeting place, or a romantic rendezvous. The town of Cumnock itself ties into this sense of coming together as its Gaelic name, comunn achadh, means place of the confluence, as the town sits where the Glaisnock River and the Lugar Water meet. For four packed days and nights The Cumnock Tryst is a meeting place for music-lovers.

 Sir James MacMillan CBE is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation. He first attracted attention with the acclaimed BBC Proms premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (1990). His percussion concerto Veni, Veni Emmanuel (1992) has received close to 500 performances worldwide by orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and Cleveland Orchestra. Other major works include the cantata Seven Last Words from the Cross (1993), Quickening (1998) for soloists, children's choir, mixed choir and orchestra, the operas Inès de Castro (2001) and The Sacrifice (2005-06), and St John Passion (2007).

He was featured composer at Edinburgh Festival (1993), Southbank Centre (1997), BBC’s Barbican Composer Weekend (2005) and Grafenegg Festival (2012). His interpreters include soloists Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Vadim Repin, conductors Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Marin Alsop and Donald Runnicles, and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. His recordings can be found on BMG/RCA Red Seal, BIS, Chandos, Naxos, Hyperion, Coro, Linn and Challenge Classics.

Recent highlights include premieres of MacMillan’s St Luke Passion, A European Requiem, Stabat Mater for The Sixteen and a Trombone Concerto for Jörgen van Rijen with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

2017 Cumnock Tryst Festival Listings

 

Thursday 28 September at 7pm

Cumnock Town Hall, 62 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1BY

Scottish Ensemble with Colin Currie and Dave Maric

The 2017 Cumnock Tryst Festival opens with a performance by Artists in Residence, Scottish Ensemble, together with one of the world’s leading percussionists, Colin Currie. A highlight of the programme will be the World Premiere of a new work co-commissioned by the Cumnock Tryst and Scottish Ensemble from Dave Maric, who will also take part in the performance.

£20 / £15 (concessions)

 

Thursday 28 September at 9.30pm

Dumfries Arms Hotel, 54 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1BY

Festival Club: Centrestage Gospel and Soul Choir

Making their debut at the Cumnock Tryst Festival this year are Centrestage Gospel and Soul Choir . The choir, which is part of Kilmarnock’s Centrestage, comprises individuals from all walks of life and embodies a true community spirit.

Free

 

Friday 29 September at 12.30pm

Cumnock Academy, Ayr Road, KA18 1EH

Kaleidoscope

The emotional highlight of The Cumnock Tryst Festival, the Cumnock Academy concert will this year bring together pupils from Hillside School, Greenmills Primary School and Auchinleck Academy with adults from the Riverside Centre. Working with Drake Music Scotland, musicians of Scottish Ensemble, Colin Currie and Sir James MacMillan the four groups will each create a movement of a new “symphony” called Kaleidoscope.

Free

Friday 29 September at 4.30pm

Dumfries Arms Hotel, 54 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1BY

The Cumnock Hour

An “in conversation” between James Knox, Director of the Boswell Book Festival, and Paul McAlindin, founder of the National Youth Orchestraof Iraq. A beacon of hope and achievement, the young musicians and their tutors made bridges across their own divisions and made great music in the most trying and tragic of circumstances.

£5

Friday 29 September at 7pm

New Cumnock Town Hall, 31-33 Castle, New Cumnock

Colin Currie Solo Recital

A dynamic and adventurous soloist, Colin Currie has an unrivalled commitment to commissioning and creating new music. In this solo recital he will bring some of the most astonishing modern percussion repertoire to Ayrshire.

£18 / £13 (concessions)

Friday 29 September at 9.30pm

Dumfries Arms Hotel, 54 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1BY

Ian Peaston: Dumfries Arms 300th Anniversary Concert

Marking the 300th birthday of the historic Dumfries Arms, virtuoso violinist, Ian Peaston, makes a welcome return to The Cumnock Tryst Festival.

£12 / £8 (concessions)

 

Saturday 30 September at 10.30am

Dumfries Arms Hotel, 54 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1BY

Gnoss, RCS Traditional Musicians. Coffee and Cake Concert

The Cumnock Tryst Festival’s contribution to the Dumfries Arms 300th birthday celebrations continues with this coffee and cake concert given by Gnoss - an award-winning four-piece trad band, whose members are currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

£5 (including coffee and cake).  FREE for Friends of The Cumnock Tryst,

 

Saturday 30 September at 2pm

Cumnock Old Church, The Square, KA18 1DB

Dalmellington Band/The Wallace Collection, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Artistic Director of ENO, Martyn Brabbins, returns to his musical roots as a brass band player to conduct a concert featuring the Dalmellington Brass Band and The Wallace Collection. The programme includes pieces written by Brabbins for brass band and the World Premiere of Jay Capperauld’s As Above, So Below commissioned by John Wallace.

£15 / £10 (concessions)

 

Saturday 30 September at 4.45pm

Auchinleck Parish Church, Church Hill, Auchinleck, KA18 2AE

Festival Chorus concert: Andrew McTaggart (bartione), Eamonn Dougan (conductor) Kevin Bowyer (organ)

The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus returns for a concert featuring Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs under the baton of Eamonn Dougan. Soloists in the Mozart will be a quartet of talented singers from Genesis Sixteen, with Andrew MacTaggart making his festival debut as a soloist in the Vaughan Williams. Keyboard accompaniment will be by one of the UK’s greatest concert organists, Kevin Bowyer

£15 / £10 (concessions)

 

Saturday 30 September at 7.30pm

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

Scottish Ensemble, Westminster Cathedral Choir, Sir James MacMillan (conductor),

Sean Shibe (guitar)

A highlight of the 2017 Festival will be a performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross with Westminster Cathedral Choir and Scottish Ensemble, the string group for whom the work was originally written. Also featuring in the concert is the World Premiere of a new guitar concerto commissioned specially by the Festival from Auchinleck-based composer, Michael Murray, which will be performed by Sean Shibe.

£22 / £16 (concessions)

 

Saturday 30 September at 10pm

Dumfries Arms Hotel, 54 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1BY

Festival Club: Granny Green

The trio of talented musicians who helped launch the 2016 Festival with such elan will once again showcase their quirky sound world created on trumpet, tuba and accordion.

Free

 

Sunday 1 October at 9.30am

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

Festival Mass Workshop - all welcome

 

Sunday 1 October at 11am

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

Festival Mass - all welcome

The annual Cumnock Tryst Festival Sunday Service this year comes from St John’s Church, Cumnock. Music by Westminster Cathedral Choir. Celebrant, Fr Guy Nicholls, director of The Blessed John Henry Newman Institute for Liturgical Music

 

Sunday 1 October at 2.30pm, 5pm

Dumfries House, Cumnock, KA18 2NJ

Festival Finale Promenade Concert

The 2017 Festival culminates in promenade concerts in the fabulous setting of Dumfries House. Three contrasting performances by Sean Shibe, The Wallace Collection Quintet and members of Scottish Ensemble will take the audience on both a physical and musical journey.

£25 / £15 (concessions)

 

Sunday 1 October at 7.30pm

Dumfries House, Cumnock, KA18 2NJ

Festival Finale Promenade Concert

The 2017 Festival culminates in promenade concerts in the fabulous setting of Dumfries House. Three contrasting performances by Sean Shibe, The Wallace Collection Quintet and members of Scottish Ensemble will take the audience on both a physical and musical journey. This final event also includes a post concert champagne reception.

£50 / £40 (concessions)

 

 

The Cumnock Tryst shortlisted for an RPS Music Award

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The Cumnock Tryst Festival has been shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award it was announced today, 31 March 2016. The Festival is one of only three organisations to be shortlisted in the Concert Series and Festivals category.

“We are thrilled that the Cumnock Tryst Festival has been shortlisted for these prestigious awards in only its second year,” says Festival Founder and Artistic Director, Sir James MacMillan. “The nomination recognises the incredibly hard work and valued contribution of so many different people from the artists who performed at the 2015 festival to our partners Drake Music Scotland and their outstanding work with young people with special needs, and the local community who have taken the festival to their hearts.”

65 independent jurors considered over 350 nominations to decide the shortlists. The chosen shortlisted nominations paint a picture of the breadth and energy of imaginative classical music making across the UK today. 13 categories of award honour performers and composers as well as inspirational programmers, communicators, education and outreach work.

The winners of the 2016 RPS Awards will be announced on Tuesday 10 May.

The programme for the 2016 Cumnock Festival will be unveiled on 25 May.

Twitter: @TheCumnockTryst and @RoyalPhilSoc  #RPSMusicAwards

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For further information on The Cumnock Tryst Festival contact:

Lesley Booth, 0779 941 4474 / press@thecumnocktryst.com

 

For further information on The RPS Music Awards contact:

Sophie Cohen, sophiecohen@blueyonder.co.uk / 07711 551 787 and 020 7428 9850

 

 

 

 

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The Cumnock Tryst Festival

The Cumnock Tryst Festival was established by composer Sir James MacMillan in 2014. The Festival’s name, The Cumnock Tryst, was inspired by a piece of music he wrote in the 1980s when he was still living in Ayrshire. This was a setting of William Soutar’s love poem, The Tryst. Tryst is an old Scots word which means a meeting place, or a romantic rendezvous. The town of Cumnock itself ties into this sense of coming together as its Gaelic name, comunn achadh, means place of the confluence, as the town sits where the Glaisnock River and the Lugar Water meet. For four packed days and nights The Cumnock Tryst is a meeting place for music-lovers.

 

 

The Royal Philharmonic Society [RPS] Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music and musical excellence in the United Kingdom. Awards in 13 categories are chosen by eminent independent juries from the music profession and are unique in the breadth of musical achievement they span – from performers, composers and inspirational arts organisations to learning, participation and engagement.  The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians. This year’s awards are for achievement in the UK during 2015

Extra performance announced for Festival Finale at Dumfries House as general booking for 2015 Festival opens.

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There will be an extra performance of the Cumnock Tryst Festival Finale at Dumfries House on Sunday 4 October it was announced today, Wednesday 1 July 2015. The news came as general booking for the 2015 festival opened.

“We are delighted to announce an additional Festival Finale concert,” says Artistic Director, Sir James MacMillan. “Such has been the popularity of the Festival Finale that the 5.30pm performance is now sold out. 

So that as many people as possible can enjoy the trio of recitals in the glorious setting of Dumfries House a third performance of the concert has been now added. It will start at 2.30pm.”

The recitals that form the Festival Finale will see Harpist Gabriella Dall’Olio perform the World Premiere of a new work by James MacMillan alongside pieces by Donatoni and Fauré in the Tapestry Room; Horn-player, Alec Frank-Gemmill perform works by Aho and MacMillan in the entrance hall; and a trio from the Hebrides Ensemble play works by the contemporary Hungarian composer Kurtág and by Bach (arr. Mozart) in the Great Steward’s Dining Room.

Tickets for the 2.30pm performance priced £25 / £15 (for under 26s and local residents) are on sale from today. Tickets priced £50 / £40 (for under 26s and local residents) are still available for the 7.30pm performance with post concert reception. The 5.30pm performance is now sold out (returns only).

General Booking for the 2015 Cumnock Tryst opens today. Highlights include a performance by the world famous King’s Singers, an opening concert by the Whitburn Band in the newly refurbished Cumnock Town Hall and the inaugural concert by the Cumnock Festival Chorus with talented young singers of Genesis Sixteen and members of the Hebrides Ensemble and NYOS Camerata under the baton of Eamonn Dougan.

Full details of the programme and booking information at www.thecumnocktryst.com

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Programme for 2015 Cumnock Tryst announced

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Programme for 2015 Cumnock Tryst announced

  • Inaugural concert for The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus with soloists from Genesis Sixteen Hebrides Ensemble are Artists in Residence
  • Composition and song-writing summer school
  • Three year collaboration with Drake Music Scotland announced
  • Performances by The King’s Singers, two recent BBC Young Musician of the Year winners, the Whistlebinkies and more
  • The Cumnock Hour with Drake Music Scotland’s Thursa Sanderson; folk musician, Jo Mango; and broadcaster Muriel Gray
  • World Premieres: new work by Sir James MacMillan and festival commission from Jay Capperauld 

Sir James MacMillan, who received a knighthood for services to music in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours, unveiled the programme for the 2015 Cumnock Tryst at a special event in the East Ayrshire town this evening, 16 June 2015. Established by the internationally acclaimed composer in his home town, The Cumnock Tryst is a celebration of music making at its very best. The 2015 Festival will see a rich and varied programme staged in venues across the town and in Dumfries House over the weekend of 1-4 October.

Commenting on the knighthood MacMillan said:

“I am totally delighted to receive this honour. I am especially pleased that the world of music, and contemporary composition in particular, will receive greater focus and recognition as a result. I feel encouraged and re-energised in my commitments in these fields and especially in my work with The Cumnock Tryst."
“After the wonderful experience of the inaugural festival last year I have been very excited about following up with a new set of concerts and events,” says MacMillan. “Threads continuing in this year’s festival include our exploration of brass music, which is so integral to the musical history of the area, and choral music.”
“I am delighted to announce that the 2015 Festival will see the first concert by The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus. Working with Eamonn Dougan, under whose direction the Come and Sing Day last year was such a huge success, the chorus will be joined by members of Genesis Sixteen and our festival Artists in Residence, The Hebrides Ensemble, for a programme that includes the Fauré Requiem.”

Children and young people continue to be a key focus of the Cumnock Tryst. This year two winners of the BBC Young Musician of the year  - pianist Martin James Bartlett and cellist Laura van der Heijden will give recitals. Meanwhile, Jay Capperauld, from New Cumnock - one of the best of recent graduate composers from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - returns with a brand new commission. Over the summer MacMillan will also work with school groups on a number of composing workshops and, it was announced, the Festival has formed a partnership with Drake Music Scotland. 

“Drake Music Scotland are leaders in music, disability and technology,” says MacMillan. “We welcome them to The Cumnock Tryst this year at the beginning of an exciting three year partnership. We are looking forward to working together with children with additional support needs and with other young people who will present their music to the festival audience in a special concert.”

The 2015 Festival opens on Thursday 1 October with a concert by the Whitburn Band in the newly refurbished Cumnock Town Hall, which includes a performance of MacMillan’s Canite Tuba conducted by the composer.

Friday’s events begin with a special concert at Cumnock Academy which will be the result of a week of intense composition and song writing lessons, and workshops for Higher and Advanced Higher music students from East Ayrshire schools with James MacMillan, songwriters Jo Mango and David Scott, and musicians from the Hebrides Ensemble. It will also feature performances resulting from a collaboration between The Cumnock Tryst and Drake Music Scotland, and children from Hillside School and Barshare Primary School. 

Later in the afternoon director of Drake Music Scotland, Thursa Sanderson, Jo Mango and broadcaster Muriel Gray join with MacMillan for The Cumnock Hour in the Dumfries Arms. The evening concert brings one of the world’s most acclaimed a capella groups, The King’s Singers, to Cumnock. The group will perform a broad programme ranging from Medieval and Baroque to contemporary works including MacMillan’s A Rumoured Seed and Steve Martland’s Oranges and Lemons.

Saturday’s programme begins with recitals in St John’s Church by the two most recent winners of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. The first performance will see pianist Martin James Bartlett play music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev. This is followed by cellist Laura van der Heijden whose programme includes works by Schnittke, Rachmaninov and MacMillan, and the World Premiere of a new festival commission from Jay Capperauld. The evening sees the inaugural concert by the Cumnock Festival Chorus in Cumnock Old Church. Conducted by Eamonn Dougan, the Festival Chorus will be joined by members of Genesis Sixteen, the Hebrides Ensemble and NYOS Camerata. Together they will perform Bach’s Partita in D minor with chorales, the World Premiere of new work by James MacMillan and the glorious Fauré Requiem. The day’s events conclude with a late night performance by the Whistlebinkies with local poet Rab Wilson at the Dumfries Arms.

The Sunday Festival Service will take place in Trinity Church this year with music by the University of Strathclyde Chamber Choir, and conductor / organist Alan Tavener. The Festival Finale will then take place in the glorious setting of Dumfries House. There will be two performances of a trio of recitals. Harpist Gabriella Dall’Olio performs the World Premiere of a new work by James MacMillan alongside pieces by Donatoni and Fauré in the Tapestry Room; Horn-player, Alec Frank-Gemmill performs works by Aho and MacMillan in the entrance hall; and a trio from the Hebrides Ensemble play works by the contemporary Hungarian composer Kurtág and by Bach (arr. Mozart) in the Great Steward’s Dining Room.

The popular Festival Club at the Dumfries Arms returns with performances this year by pianist Fergus McCreadie - twice winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician Award for under 17s and finalist in this year’s Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year, together with David Bowden (bass) and Stephen Henderson (drums) on the Thursday night, and the celebrated Damellington Band on the Friday night.

Tickets for the Cumnock Tryst 2015 concerts available:

  • By telephone on 01563 554 900; 
  • In person at Cumnock Town Hall, 62 Glaisnock Street  and Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock 
  • Online via thecumnocktryst.com 

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The Cumnock Tryst is made possible with support from Roberta and Howard Ahmanson, Genesis Foundation, William Grant Foundation, Cumnock and Doon Valley Minerals Trust, East Ayrshire Council and The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust as well as Festival Patrons and Friends

For further information on The Cumnock Tryst visit: www.thecumnocktryst.com

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Notes for Editors

The Cumnock Tryst was founded by composer Sir James MacMillan in 2014. The Festival’s name, The Cumnock Tryst, was inspired by a piece of music James MacMillan wrote in the 1980s when he was still living in Ayrshire. This was a setting of William Soutar’s love poem, The Tryst. Tryst is an old Scots word which means a meeting place, or a romantic rendezvous. The town of Cumnock itself ties into this sense of coming together as its Gaelic name, comunn achadh, means place of the confluence, as the town sits where the Glaisnock River and the Lugar Water meet. For four packed days and nights The Cumnock Tryst is a meeting place for music-lovers. 

 

Sir James MacMillan biography 

One of Britain’s most successful living composers, Sir James MacMillan is renowned for his powerful scores which are rich with dramatic gestures, moments of lyrical beauty and spirituality.  His music is performed by the world’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and many others. He was awarded a CBE in January 2004 and a knighthood in June 2015.

In addition to The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, which launched MacMillan's international career at the BBC Proms in 1990, his orchestral output includes his first percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, premiered by Evelyn Glennie in 1992 and which has since received close to 500 performances worldwide. 

Works by MacMillan also include Seven Last Words from the Cross for chorus and string orchestra, a triptych of orchestral works commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra: The World's Ransoming, a Cello Concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich, and Symphony: 'Vigil' premiered under the baton of Rostropovich in 1997, and Quickening for The Hilliard Ensemble, chorus and orchestra, co-commissioned by the BBC Proms and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  His Symphony No 4 will be premiered at the BBC Proms in August 2005, by Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. 

His St John Passion, co-commissioned by the LSO, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Radio Choir, was premiered under the baton of Sir Colin Davis in 2008.  The past five years have brought a successful sequence of concertos: for violinist Vadim Repin, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (his third piano concerto), oboist Nicholas Daniel, violist Lawrence Power and percussionist Colin Currie (his second percussion concerto). Orchestral scores have included Woman of the Apocalypse premiered by Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival and performed by the São Paulo Symphony in 2014. Works with choir include a new setting of the St Luke Passion for chorus and chamber orchestra. His one-act chamber opera Clemency has been performed in London, Edinburgh and Boston.  2014 saw MacMillan launching a new music festival in his home town of Cumnock.

Internationally active as a conductor, MacMillan has earned praise for his clear and focused presence and the composer’s insight he brings each score.  James MacMillan was Composer-Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic from 2000- 2013.  He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic from 2010 – 2014. In Spring 2014 Macmillan conducted three projects with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra including the orchestra’s first tour to India.  Highlights of the current season include a new production of his 1990 opera Ines de Castro with Scottish Opera, Composer in Residence with the Sao Paulo Symphony where he conducted a choral programme, return conducting engagements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and debuts with Bergen Philharmonic among others.  In recent seasons he has conducted orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, NHK  Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and New Zealand Symphony.  


Listings

Thursday 1 October at 7.30pm
Cumnock Town Hall, 62 Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, KA18 1BY 

Whitburn Band 

18 time winners of the Scottish Championships, the celebrated Whitburn Band opens the 2015 Cumnock Tryst with a programme that includes James MacMillan’s Canite Tuba conducted by the composer.

Tickets priced £16 / £10 for under 26s and local residents 

www.thecumnocktryst.com

 

Thursday 1 October 2015 at 9.30pm
Dumfries Arms, 54 Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, KA18 1BY 

Festival Club

Jazz night with the talented young musicians of The Fergus McCreadie Trio.

Free

www.thecumnocktryst.com

 

Friday 2 Oct at 12.30pm
Cumnock Academy, School Hall, Ayr Road, Cumnock, KA18 1EH

Songs and Compositions

Hebrides Ensemble, Drake Music, James MacMillan, Jo Mango, David Scott and up to 10 young composers and songwriters

Performance of pieces written as part of this summer’s song writing and composition courses, and a Drake Music Scotland / Hebrides Ensemble collaborative workshops in local primary schools. 

Free 

www.thecumnocktryst.com

 

Friday 2 October at 5pm
Dumfries Arms, 54 Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, KA18 1BY 

The Cumnock Hour 

James MacMillan is joined by director of Drake Music Scotland, Thursa Sanderson, and Folk musician, Jo Mango. Event chaired by broadcaster and author, Muriel Gray.

Tickets: £5

www.thecumnocktryst.com

 

Friday 2 October at 7.30pm
Trinity Church, 46 Ayr Road, Cumnock, KA18 1DW

The King’s Singers 

One of the world’s most celebrated a capella groups performs works ranging from the Medieval and Baroque to contemporary pieces by MacMillan and Martland.

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

www.thecumnocktryst.com

 

Friday 2 October 2015 at 9.30pm
Dumfries Arms, 54 Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, KA18 1B 

Festival Club

Round off the day with the musicians of the Dalmellington Band in relaxed mode.

Free

www.thecumnocktryst.com

 

Saturday 3 October at 11.30am
St John’s Church, 92 Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, KA18 1JU

BBC Young Musician of the Year winner: Martin James Bartlett

Winner of the 2014 Young Musician of the Year competition, pianist Martin James Bartlett, plays a programme of works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Prokofiev and Chopin.

Tickets: £16 / £10 for under 26s and local residents

OFFER: Buy a ticket for one Young Musicians recital and get one for the other recital half price

www.thecumnocktryst.com

 

Saturday 3 October at 4pm
St John’s Church, 92 Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, KA18 1JU

BBC Young Musician of the Year winner: Laura van Heijden

Winner of the 2012 Young Musician of the Year competition Laura van der Heijden, plays works for cello including James MacMillan’s Kiss on Wood and the World Premiere of a new commission from Jay Capperauld.

Tickets: £16 / £10 for under 26s and local residents

OFFER: Buy a ticket for one Young Musicians recital and get one for the other recital half price

www.thecumnocktryst.com

 

Saturday 3 October at 7.30pm
ld Church, The Square, Cumnock, KA18 1DB 

Festival Chorus Inaugural Concert

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

Andrew McTaggart, choir master,  Eamonn Dougan, conductor 

The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus gives its inaugural performance in a concert that includes the World Premiere of a new work by James MacMillan and the glorious Fauré Requiem with soloists from the talented young singers of Harry Christophers’ Genesis Sixteen.

Tickets: £16 / £10 for under 26s and local residents

FAMILY OFFER: £4 for children (age 16 and under)

www.thecumnocktryst.com

 

Saturday 3 October at 9.30pm
Dumfries Arms Hotel, 54 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1BY

The Whistlebinkies with Rab Wilson and Friends

Scottish traditional music band, The Whistlebinkies, are joined in a late night concert by Scots poet and playwright Rab Wilson. Audience invited to bring and read their own short poems.

Tickets: £10 / £6 for under 26s and local residents

www.thecumnocktryst.com

 

Sunday 4 October, 5pm and 7.30pm
Dumfries House: Tapestry Room, Entrance Hall and The Great Steward’s Dining Room

Festival Finale: Promenade Concerts

Gabriella dall’Olio, harp; Alec Frank-Gemmill Solo horn and a trio from the Hebrides Ensemble 

Two performances of a trio of recitals in the glorious setting of Dumfries House. Music ranges from Bach and Faure to Kurtág, Maxwell Davies and MacMillan.

Tickets: £25 / £15 for under 26s and local residents.

For the 7.30pm performance, followed by post-concert reception, £50 / £40 for under 26s and local residents. 

www.thecumnocktryst.com