The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus is back in 2019 for its sixth Tryst concert and we are looking for singers to join this year. The Festival Chorus will have three full rehearsals in September, followed by a rehearsal and performance during the Festival weekend. There are no auditions but we ask that you can confidently read sheet music.

The programme for the 2019 Festival has now been launched - the chorus will be singing movements from Handel’s Coronation Anthems:

Zadok the Priest,
Let the hand be strengthened,
The King shall rejoice

Interspersed with solo organ music and four specially commissioned works from composers to mark the 60th birthday of James MacMillan – the composers will be revealed at the concert (or during rehearsals for those who are singing!)             

We are delighted that once again our Chorus Director will be Eamonn Dougan and our Chorus Master will be Andrew McTaggart. The Chorus will be joined by the Novantae Singers, a group of young singers set up to perform at The Cumnock Tryst, and will be accompanied by renowned organist David Gerrard.  Find out more about the concert -

Rehearsals for the Festival Chorus will take place at St John’s Church, Cumnock, on:
- Sunday 8 September 13.30 - 16.30 (music will be given out)
- Saturday 21st September 10.00 - 16.00
- Saturday 28th September 10.00 - 16.00 (with Eamonn Dougan)
- Saturday 5th October 10.00 - 17.00 (with Eamonn Dougan)
- Sunday 6th October 16.00 - 18.00

The performance is the festival finale concert on Sunday 6th October at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Cumnock.

Attendance at the rehearsals and performance are mandatory.

Before you sign up, please make sure that you are available to attend the required rehearsals and the concert. Full details of rehearsal venues will be sent to registered Chorus members later in the summer. 

Please note that places are limited and given on a first come basis. Your place will be confirmed by email.

* The Festival Chorus is now full - a waiting list is being held. Please fill in a registration form and your details will be held. If a place becomes available you will be notified as soon as possible. Please let us know by email if you would like to be added to the mailing list to hear about future chorus opportunities.

Register to join the The Festival Chorus 2019:

Name *
Able to attend all rehearsals and the performance: *
(please tick)
I would like to be added to The Cumnock Tryst general mailing list *

If you have any queries regarding the Chorus, please don't hestitate to contact us by email -

The Festival chorus 2016 - Illustration by Wil Freeborn

The Festival chorus 2016 - Illustration by Wil Freeborn