Saturday 6 October, 7.30pm
(Approx running time: 70 mins, no interval)
£25 / £18
Abide With Me
Nocturne and March from
A Moorside Suite
The Unanswered Question
New work WORLD PREMIERE
The Turtle Dove
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.