Thursday 1 October, 7.30pm

£16 / £10 for under 26s and local residents

Festival Pass – Priority Booking and a 20% discount

Approx running time: 1 hour 50 minutes including interval

Cumnock Town Hall
62 Glaisnock Street, KA18 1BY

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Conducted by Paul Lovatt Cooper / Canite Tuba conducted by James MacMillan

Thomas Doss Spiriti

Peter Graham Torchbearer

James MacMillan Canite Tuba

Paul Lovatt Cooper When Thunder Calls

Carlos Gardel Tango: Por una Cabeza

Gilbert Vinter Salute to Youth, 2nd movement

Paul Lovatt Cooper Starbursts and Canyons 

George Doughty Grandfather’s Clock

Leonard Ballantine Mid all the Traffic

Paul Lovatt Cooper Tale of the Dragon


I am looking forward to conducting my Canite Tuba with Whitburn Band and hearing other new pieces by living composers. The mixture of this with lighter band works will start the festival with a roar! I’m especially pleased that the work of fellow Ayrshire composer Peter Graham will also feature in this concert.
— James MacMillan

The first concert of The Cumnock Tryst 2015 takes place in the newly refurbished Cumnock Town Hall, where we welcome Whitburn Band, one of the UK’s leading brass bands, and 18 time winners of the Scottish Championships.

The band performs and competes at international level and is currently 14th in the Brass Band World Rankings. Artistic Director James MacMillan conducts his acclaimed Canite Tuba, an intense and spectacular work which concludes with a stunning finale.