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Cumnock Tryst - Scottish Ensemble with Colin Currie

Thu 28th Sep

Mozart Serenata Notturna
Purcell Fantasia on 1 note
Debussy Music from Epigraphes Antiques
Fauré Berceuse
Prokofiev Vision Fugitives
Stravinsky 3 pieces no 1 and no 2
Tippett Lament (variation from Sellinger’s Round)
Dave Maric New Work for Solo Percussion, Solo Piano and Electronics and Ensemble WORLD PREMIERE
Stravinsky Concerto in D

Cumnock Tryst artists in residence this year are the brilliant string players of Scottish Ensemble, joined in this opening Tryst concert by the world-renowned Scottish percussionist Colin Currie.

The programme culminates in the world premiere, co-commissioned by The Cumnock Tryst, of a new concertante work by and performed with the unique composer Dave Maric, who has produced numerous works for the concert hall, stage, TV and film. He has been championed by some of the world’s great performers including Colin Currie, who joins us at the Tryst fresh from a whirlwind of international performances of solo recitals and concertos.

Scottish Ensemble’s programme for Cumnock is an exciting procession through musical history from the Baroque splendours of Purcell, the classical genius of Mozart, the soft, French, pictorial romantic beauty of Debussy and Fauré, and the energetic modernism of 20th century Russians, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.
Sir James MacMillan


Approx running time 100 mins inc 20 min interval.

Supported by PRS for Music Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation and Hillhouse Quarry Group Ltd

*Local residents discount applies to bookers from Cumnock and Doon Valley – Cumnock, New Cumnock, Auchinleck, Bellsbank, Catrine, Coylton, Dalmellington, Dalrymple, Drongan, Hollybush, Logan, Lugar, Mauchline, Muirkirk, Ochiltree, Patna, Rankinston, Smallburn, Sorn, Tarbolton and Waterside with the following postcodes: KA5 5… / KA5 6… / KA6 6… / KA6 7… / KA18 1… / KA18 2… / KA18 3… / KA18 4…
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Cumnock Tryst - Kaleidoscope

Fri 29th Sep

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

Cumnock Tryst welcome back Drake Music Scotland for a third time in their 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


Approx running time 75 mins, no interval.

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Cumnock Tryst - Colin Currie Solo Recital

Fri 29th Sep

Elliott Carter Figment V
Per Norgaard Fire Over Water
Toshio Hosokawa Reminiscence
Bruno Mantovani Moi, jeu...
Iannis Xenakis Rebonds B
Karlheinz Stockhausen Vibra-Elufa
Rolf Wallin Realismos Mágicos

Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

A dynamic and adventurous soloist, Currie’s unrivalled commitment to commissioning and creating new music was recognised in 2015 by the Royal Philharmonic Society who awarded him the Instrumentalist Award. We welcome him to the Tryst, and to a brand new venue for us, New Cumnock Town Hall. For this solo recital he brings some of the most astonishing modern percussion repertoire to Ayrshire. His virtuosity will astound our audience, and the music will take them on a unique journey of aural discovery. Not to be missed.

I have known Colin Currie since he was a teenager and have watched him grow into one of the great musicians of our time. Like another world-renowned Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie, he is a source of pride for musical Scotland. (What is it about Scots and hitting things?!) He has given scores of performances of my Veni, Veni Emmanuel around the world and I wrote my second percussion concerto for him recently. This will be one of the Tryst’s most special events.
Sir James MacMillan


Approx running time 90 mins inc 20 min interval.
Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

*Local residents discount applies to bookers from Cumnock and Doon Valley – Cumnock, New Cumnock, Auchinleck, Bellsbank, Catrine, Coylton, Dalmellington, Dalrymple, Drongan, Hollybush, Logan, Lugar, Mauchline, Muirkirk, Ochiltree, Patna, Rankinston, Smallburn, Sorn, Tarbolton and Waterside with the following postcodes: KA5 5… / KA5 6… / KA6 6… / KA6 7… / KA18 1… / KA18 2… / KA18 3… / KA18 4…
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