New partnership with Cumnock Tryst

We’re delighted to announce news of the first collaboration in an exciting new three year partnership with Sir James MacMillan‘s Cumnock Tryst.

During August-September, pupils with additional support needs from Hillside and Barshare Primary Schools in East Ayrshire will work with musicians from Drake Music Scotland, the Hebrides Ensemble,  culminating in a special performance at the Festival’s Songs and Compositions concert on Friday 2 October (12:30pm) in Cumnock Academy.

I became a composer because of the people I knew as a youngster here in Cumnock, people who enthused and inspired me about music – teachers, friends, family. I want to spread the excitement of musical creativity to the young generation growing up here and around East Ayrshire. In this concert we will highlight the work of secondary school composers who were coached by myself and others during the summer. We are also privileged to see the moving miracle of Drake Music Scotland in action, showing that there is no barrier to the joy of music.

Sir James MacMillan CBE


Link to Cumnock Tryst Festival Programme


Songs and Compositions

Friday 2 October / 12.30pm

FREE – on the door, first come first served

Approx running time 2 hours including interval

Venue: Cumnock Academy, Ayr Road, KA18 1EH
James MacMillan, Hebrides Ensemble, Drake Music Scotland, Jo Mango, David Scott and local school students