Sunday 2 October – 2.30pm / 5pm

£25 (£15) / 2.30pm, 5pm

Sunday 2 October 7.30pm

£50 (£40) / 7.30pm, includes post-concert champagne reception

(Approx running time: 90 minutes, no interval) 

supported by prs for music foundation

supported by prs for music foundation

For our exceptional finale we gather again for three short recitals in three different rooms of the stunning Dumfries House. We offer a very varied selection of music this year, ranging from recent music on Scott Lygate’s incredible contrabass clarinet, to John Kenny’s astonishing carnyx – a Bronze Age brass instrument played in Scotland at the time of the Romans, to early and contemporary music played on Renaissance instruments by Pandora’s Box. 

Credit: RObin Mitchell

Credit: RObin Mitchell

Our chamber music performances at Dumfries House have become very popular. I have written a new short piece for one of the lowest instruments in the orchestra, the contrabass clarinet, and we will be joined by players from the Auchinleck and Cumnock Concert Band who will perform my Company of Heaven with the carnyx maestro John Kenny. His wonderful trombone players bring the 2016 Tryst to a close.
— Sir James MacMillan

The Tapestry Room

Scott Lygate, Contrabass clarinet solo

Takuto Fukuda Schnellzug
Julian Anderson Lied Ohne Worte, Scott Scelsi Maknongan
James MacMillan Bennett! World Premiere
Giorgio Taccanni Golem

Credit: Hugh Beauchamp

Credit: Hugh Beauchamp


John Kenny, Carnyx with young brass players from Auchinleck and Cumnock Concert Band

James MacMillan The Company of Heaven


The Great Steward’s Dining Room

Pandora’s Box, Trombone trio

“When I do count the clock that tells the time…” music for sackbuts and baroque violin