The Cumnock Tryst shortlisted for an RPS Music Award

sir james macmillan CBE by robin mitchell

sir james macmillan CBE by robin mitchell

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The Cumnock Tryst Festival has been shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award it was announced today, 31 March 2016. The Festival is one of only three organisations to be shortlisted in the Concert Series and Festivals category.

“We are thrilled that the Cumnock Tryst Festival has been shortlisted for these prestigious awards in only its second year,” says Festival Founder and Artistic Director, Sir James MacMillan. “The nomination recognises the incredibly hard work and valued contribution of so many different people from the artists who performed at the 2015 festival to our partners Drake Music Scotland and their outstanding work with young people with special needs, and the local community who have taken the festival to their hearts.”

65 independent jurors considered over 350 nominations to decide the shortlists. The chosen shortlisted nominations paint a picture of the breadth and energy of imaginative classical music making across the UK today. 13 categories of award honour performers and composers as well as inspirational programmers, communicators, education and outreach work.

The winners of the 2016 RPS Awards will be announced on Tuesday 10 May.

The programme for the 2016 Cumnock Festival will be unveiled on 25 May.

Twitter: @TheCumnockTryst and @RoyalPhilSoc  #RPSMusicAwards



For further information on The Cumnock Tryst Festival contact:

Lesley Booth, 0779 941 4474 /


For further information on The RPS Music Awards contact:

Sophie Cohen, / 07711 551 787 and 020 7428 9850





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The Cumnock Tryst Festival

The Cumnock Tryst Festival was established by composer Sir James MacMillan in 2014. The Festival’s name, The Cumnock Tryst, was inspired by a piece of music he wrote in the 1980s when he was still living in Ayrshire. This was a setting of William Soutar’s love poem, The Tryst. Tryst is an old Scots word which means a meeting place, or a romantic rendezvous. The town of Cumnock itself ties into this sense of coming together as its Gaelic name, comunn achadh, means place of the confluence, as the town sits where the Glaisnock River and the Lugar Water meet. For four packed days and nights The Cumnock Tryst is a meeting place for music-lovers.



The Royal Philharmonic Society [RPS] Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music and musical excellence in the United Kingdom. Awards in 13 categories are chosen by eminent independent juries from the music profession and are unique in the breadth of musical achievement they span – from performers, composers and inspirational arts organisations to learning, participation and engagement.  The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians. This year’s awards are for achievement in the UK during 2015