Friday 2 October, 12.30pm
(Approx running time: 2 hours, including interval)

FREE - first come first served on the door



James MacMillan, Hebrides Ensemble, Drake Music Scotland, Jo Mango, David Scott
and local school students


Supported by the William Grant Foundation

In collaboration with University of the West of Scotland

I became a composer because of the people I knew as a youngster here in Cumnock, people who enthused and inspired me about music – teachers, friends, family. I want to spread the excitement of musical creativity to the young generation growing up here and around East Ayrshire. In this concert we will highlight the work of secondary school composers who were coached by myself and others during the summer. We are also privileged to see the moving miracle of Drake Music Scotland in action, showing that there is no barrier to the joy of music.
— James MacMillan

This concert is 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 composer James MacMillan, songwriters Jo Mango and David Scott from the University of the West of Scotland and musicians from Hebrides Ensemble. There’ll also be performances resulting from collaboration between the Tryst and Drake Music Scotland to create new music with children from Hillside School and Barshare Primary School.