Friday 29 September

(Approx running time 75 mins, no interval)


Drake Music Scotland with Scottish Ensemble musicians,
James MacMillan and Colin Currie

We welcome back Drake Music Scotland for a third time in our ongoing collaboration. Their project last year culminated in The Bell Tree, a narrative-based concert exploring aspects of Cumnock history, given by pupils from Hillside School and adults from the Riverside Centre. This year they are joined by students of Auchinleck Academy and the strings of Greenmill Primary School, performing alongside our artists in residence, Scottish Ensemble and percussionist Colin Currie.

The combined ensembles will present a four movement ‘symphony’ with each group taking a movement, based around colours and moods evoked by the music presented by Scottish Ensemble in the other Tryst concerts. This work is the outcome of a series of educational workshops led by James MacMillan and Matilda Brown, focusing on composition and invention, enhanced by a beautiful video presentation, which allows the audience to see into the close workings of Drake Music Scotland and their local performers.

Join us at Cumnock Academy for what is turning out to be the emotional highlight of each Tryst Festival. The combination of some of Scotland’s greatest musicians with young local music students, under the auspices of Drake Music Scotland and their wonderful collaborators at Hillside and Riverside makes this a must-see at this year’s Tryst.
— Sir James MacMillan