Sir James MacMillan becomes Patron

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We’re delighted to announce that Sir James MacMillan CBE has become a Patron of Drake Music Scotland.

As Scotland’s pre-eminent composer, Sir James MacMillan (whose Symphony No. 4 was premiered by the BBC Scottish Symphony at the BBC Proms last month conducted by fellow Drake Patron Donald Runnicles) has won acclaim across the world with his music performed by some of the world’s leading soloists and orchestras.

Sir James said “Thank you so much for asking me to become Patron. I would be honoured and delighted to accept. In fact I have rarely felt so proud at such an invitation. I am a huge admirer of what you all do and it is wonderful to be involved with you.”

“We’ve been working in East Ayrshire for over ten years and were thrilled when Sir James set up The Cumnock Tryst Festival there last year, rooted in the place where he lived as a child,”  said Chief Executive Thursa Sanderson. “We jumped at the chance to be involved and are excited about our debut performance at this year’s Festival in October with the Hebrides Ensemble and pupils from local schools.”


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