Saturday 3 October, 7.30pm
Approx running time: 1 hour 40 minutes, no interval
£16 / £10 for under 26s and Local Residents
Family Offer: £4 for children (age 16 and under)
Hebrides Ensemble, NYOS Camerata, Genesis Sixteen, The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus
Eamonn Dougan: Conductor
Andrew McTaggart: Choirmaster
James MacMillan: "When you see the millions of the mouthless dead." World Premiere
Bach: Partita in D minor with Bach Chorales including Ciaccona with hidden chorales
Supported by the Genesis Foundation
Festival Chorus Inaugural Concert
At last year’s Festival Eamonn Dougan and his colleagues from The Sixteen led our Come and Sing Day, laying the foundations of The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus. This year we welcome Eamonn back to conduct the first ever performance with the Festival Chorus. The new choir has grown out of the workshop experience of last year and we hope it will be regular feature at future Trysts.
The Chorus is joined by some alumni of Genesis Sixteen, the training academy for the great professional choir which launched The Cumnock Tryst last year. They will give the world premiere of a new work by James MacMillan and will sing the Bach Chorales which complement the wonderful solo violin music by the same great master. They will also provide the solo voices in the Fauré Requiem - the centrepiece of this concert.
Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen's free young artists' scheme which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers. During the course of a year, a series of week-long and weekend courses are led by key figures from The Sixteen, including founder and conductor Harry Christophers and Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan.
Participants receive group tuition, individual mentoring and masterclasses run by some of the industry's top vocal experts. Thanks to a close partnership with the Genesis Foundation participants not only receive free tuition but also a bursary to cover all additional costs.
This is the UK's first ever fully-funded programme of its kind and alumni from the first four years have already had much success since graduating. Many are now performing, recording and touring with professional groups, including The Sixteen. A number of them have set up their own choirs and are showing true entrepreneurialism in developing their brand and reputation on the music circuit.