Thursday 2 October, 7.30pm

SOLD OUT - waiting list available*
(Approx running time: 90 minutes, including interval)

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

 


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

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Harry Christophers Conductor

John Sheppard Libera nos I / verse: Benedicamus patrem / Libera nos II

Tõnu Kõrvits Stabat mater

John Sheppard In manus tuas I

Matthew Martin Stabat mater

Alissa Firsova Stabat mater

John Sheppard In manus tuas II / In pace / In manus tuas III

James MacMillan Miserere


The Sixteen is one of the greatest choirs in the world and it is a great delight for me to welcome them to Cumnock. Their conductor Harry Christophers has redefined standards of choral perfection. They bring a mixed programme to the beautiful church of St John’s with its supple acoustic. New and old mingle in this delightful programme to launch our new festival.
— James MacMillan
...beautifully judged… immaculately performed by the group’s 18 members, their diction crystal-clear, their intonation faultless.
— The Guardian

The first concert of the first Cumnock Tryst promises to be very special. In the beautiful setting of St John’s Church we welcome the internationally renowned ensemble The Sixteen, to perform a programme of deeply affecting choral music chosen for the occasion.

An emotional and dramatic medieval poem, Stabat Mater imagines the anguish of the Virgin Mary at the foot of the cross watching her son die. It has inspired many composers to set it to music, including Vivaldi, Bononcini, Haydn, Pergolesi, Poulenc, Verdi, Arvo Pärt and Dvořák, and interpretations ranging from jazz to baroque to choral and dance versions.

The Sixteen are Associate Artists of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and ‘The Voices of Classic FM’. The Genesis Foundation has commissioned three new Stabat Maters from composers from three different countries, Estonia, Russia and England, mentored by James MacMillan, who has written significant works for The Sixteen in the past. These new works will receive their Scottish premieres in the concert, performed along with MacMillan’s Miserere and works by the Renaissance composer John Sheppard.

Festival Club at the Dumfries Arms Hotel afterwards 

*PLEASE NOTE THAT BOTH PERFORMANCES ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT, HOWEVER FURTHER TICKETS MAY BE RELEASED. THE BOX OFFICE IS OPERATING A WAITING LIST FOR ANY TICKETS THAT MAY BECOME AVAILABLE.