Friday 30 September / 5pm
(Approx running time: 1 hour, no interval )


Festival Pass – Priority Booking and a 20% discount

Dumfries Arms Hotel, 54 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1BY

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Join us for our annual lively early evening panel discussion. The Guardian music critic and BBC presenter Tom Service will lead a conversation with Sir James MacMillan and composers taking part in this year’s Cumnock Tryst – Scott Lygate, Cecilia McDowall and a young composer from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This promises to be a fascinating session when composers get together and chat about what inspires them and what they think about writing music in the 21st century. 

What do composers think about today? Why does their music sound so different, from each other’s music and from earlier music? What inspires them? Come armed with the questions you have always wanted to ask composers!
— Sir James MacMillan