Saturday 3 October, 11.30am & 4.00pm

Each recital: £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

Festival Pass – Priority Booking and a 20% discount


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

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Supported by the William Grant Foundation

The Cumnock Tryst is being supported by PRS for Music Foundation

Two fantastic recitals with two very special emerging artists, both winners of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Their performances won over audiences and judges alike – don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy hearing them in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s Church


Photo Credit: BBC

Photo Credit: BBC

Piano with Martin James Bartlett

11.30am, approx running time 1 hour, no interval

Scarlatti : Sonata in E major K380

Scarlatti : Sonata in B minor K27

Scarlatti : Sonata in G major K260

Beethoven : Sonata in E flat major No 18

Chopin : Ballade No 1 in G minor

Prokofiev : Sonata No 3

At the age of 17, Martin was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2014. Martin made his BBC Proms debut last year and also performed with classical and pop artists, including The Cumnock Tryst Patron Nicola Benedetti, on a cover of the Beach Boys classic God Only Knows for the BBC.


Photo: Sam Trench

Photo: Sam Trench

Cello with Laura van der Heijden

4pm, approx running time 1 hour 15 minutes, no interval

Tom Poster : Piano

Schnittke : Suite in the Old Style

Jay Capperauld : An Ignorant Prelude to Cosmic Consciousness - Festival Commission, World Premiere 

James MacMillan : Kiss on Wood for cello and piano 

Rachmaninov : Sonata for cello and piano in G minor Op 19 

Laura was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2012 at the age of 15. Recent highlights include her debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra and performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Laura will perform the world premiere of a new Cumnock Tryst commission from local composer Jay Capperauld.

We are grateful to the William Grant Foundation for their support in the commissioning of the new piece by Jay Capperauld.


Scottish audiences cannot forget the excitement and pride at Nicola Benedetti winning BBC Young Musician of the Year a decade ago. She is now our Festival Patron and we follow up her Tryst appearance last year by inviting the two most recent winners to perform their own solo recitals, here in Cumnock. The beautiful St John’s Church will be the venue for this pair of brilliant young virtuosi.
— James MacMillan