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Modern Ballet Graduation Performance

8 - 10 June

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Cumnock Tryst - Festival Chorus Concert

Sat 30th Sep

The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus, Genesis Sixteen
Conductor Eamonn Dougan
Soloist (5 Mystical Songs) Andrew McTaggart
Organ Kevin Bowyer

Vaughan Williams 5 Mystical Songs
Peter Maxwell Davies Yesnaby Ground and Farewell to Stromness
Finzi My spirit sang all day
Warlock The spring of the year
Britten The Evening Primrose
Mozart Coronation Mass

The Festival Chorus are back for their third Tryst concert and their second in Auchinleck Parish Church. Once again the performance will be led by the charismatic Eamonn Dougan, one of the great choir trainers in the land. Now a firm Tryst favourite, Eamonn will conduct the choir in some famous Mozart and Vaughan Williams. Festival Chorus Master Andrew MacTaggart joins him as soloist.

We are also pleased to have a small group back from Genesis Sixteen who will have their own slot in the concert, and the incredible virtuoso organist Kevin Bowyer who brings some music by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The choral dimension of the Tryst continues to grow and evolve and we are proud of the standards already achieved by our resident ensemble.

The Tryst is now putting down roots in various villages in the area and we love the ambience and acoustics of this fine church in Auchinleck. The Festival Chorus is such an integral part of our project in both the musical and social sense, and we have big plans going forward. Genesis Sixteen, the training academy of The Sixteen, are now a firm feature of the Festival and we are especially pleased to have Eamonn Dougan back with us again.
Sir James MacMillan


Approx running time 60 mins, no interval.
Supported by the Genesis 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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Cumnock Tryst - Scottish Ensemble, Westminster Cathedral Choir and Sean Shibe

Sat 30th Sep

Conductors James MacMillan, Martin Baker
Allegri Miserere mei, Deus
Michael Murray Pilgrims WORLD PREMIERE
Michael Murray King David’s Dance WORLD PREMIERE
James MacMillan Seven Last Words from the Cross

Cumnock Tryst artists in residence, Scottish Ensemble are tonight joined by the brilliant young Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe and the world-renowned Westminster Cathedral Choir. Once again back at the beautiful St John’s Church we present a varied programme of ancient and new music. We are delighted to present two brand new commissioned works by Auchinleck composer Michael Murray. Self-taught from school days, Michael has had a life-long commitment to writing music and is now emerging as a composer of note. The Tryst is proud to give him this platform.

His guitar concerto and a special encore piece form the centrepiece of this concert, preceded by the famous choral masterpiece Miserere by Allegri, written for the Sistine Chapel centuries ago, which takes the voice of a boy soloist into the stratosphere. In the second half choir and orchestra combine in a performance of the signature cantata by the Tryst’s Artistic Director; MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, will be conducted by the composer himself.

I have written a number of works for the incredible choir of Westminster Cathedral, and I am delighted to welcome them to my old church of St John’s where I played the organ as a teenager. They sing my Seven Last Words beautifully and they will be joined by the string ensemble I wrote it for. An added pleasure for me is to give the world premieres of works by another local composer who has written for an outstanding soloist, Sean Shibe.
Sir James MacMillan


Approx running time 120 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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