Saturday 6 October, 7.30pm
(Approx running time: 70 mins, no interval)

£25 / £18

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Abide With Me

Nocturne and March from
A Moorside Suite

The Unanswered Question

Electra Perivolaris

Vaughan Williams
The Turtle Dove

James MacMillan
All the Hills and Vales Along

*Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, with the world premieres taking place at The Cumnock Tryst (chamber version) and LSO (orchestral version) on 4 November 2018


Ian Bostridge, The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus, Edinburgh Quartet and Nikita Naumov Double Bass,
Sirocco Winds, Dalmellington Band

Conductors: Eamonn Dougan and James MacMillan

Charles Hamilton Sorley was one of the great British war poets. Aged just 20, he was shot and killed at the Battle of Loos. James MacMillan has chosen five of Sorley’s poems for the text to All the Hills and Vales Along, a major new oratorio commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. The World Premiere of this major new work takes place in this concert at The Cumnock Tryst.


All The Hills And Vales Along is composed for the great English tenor Ian Bostridge, this year’s Artists in Residence, the Edinburgh Quartet, the Festival Chorus and Dalmellington Band. (The orchestral version of the piece will be performed by the London Symphony Orchestra in November at the Barbican in London.)

A second new work by young Dalry-based composer Electra Perivolaris will also by premiered by Sirocco Winds.

The context for marking this solemn occasion is provided by beautiful choral music, alongside Charles Ives’ haunting The Unanswered Question and some wonderful band music. Eamonn Dougan is back to conduct our Festival Chorus in a work which will have special historical and cultural resonance for Cumnock and the surrounding area, bringing a varied group of musicians together for a unique occasion.

I have been waiting a long time to write this piece for Cumnock. It encapsulates my vision for The Tryst in bringing together some of our starry visitors with people who make music here in Ayrshire. The concert is the result of Eamonn Dougan’s involvement with the Festival from the start. It was he who suggested we should establish our own Chorus. And it’s wonderful to give another platform to our friends from Dalmellington, who have entertained local audiences going back to the 19th century. I’m also delighted that we have commissioned another short work, this time from Electra Perivolaris who lives in Dalry – one of the most exciting young composers emerging in Scotland today. Ayrshire continues to produce composers!
— Sir James MacMillan