Start: Thursday, September 29, 2022 7:30PM
End: Sunday, October 2, 2022 8:45PM
The festival kicks off in style on Thursday 29 September with national treasures Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, two of the most celebrated musicians on the Scottish Traditional scene.
On Friday 30 September, pupils from Hillside School join a quartet of singers, and composers James MacMillan and Matilda Brown, to perform a programme of music they have created in Blue Sky Counterpoint, a collaboration with Drake Music Scotland. Later that day, one of the world's greatest singing groups, The King's Singers bring their gold standard to the intimate setting of Trinity Church, in a concert that will feature BSL interpretation. Performing a late-night session on Friday evening is the inimitable jazz vocalist and composer Ruth Naomi Floyd and her quartet, who will be sharing messages of hope, joy and love.
Continuing The Cumnock Tryst's long-term commitment to community engagement, A Musical Celebration of the Coalfields unites local music groups Strings N Things and the Cumnock Area Musical Production Society for a presentation of music they have created themselves with composers Ailie Robertson and Findlay Napier on Saturday 1 October. In the afternoon, within the glorious setting of St John's Church, Ancient Voices sees a trio of artists performing on a diverse range of multiple instruments, providing a fascinating glimpse into ancient musical sounds. On Saturday evening, The Cumnock Tryst welcomes members of The CentreStage Community Gospel Choir performing a selection of classic songs. Hailing from Kilmarnock with members aged from 8 to 80+ years old, this is sure to be a joyous highlight.
On Sunday 2 October, Latvian pianist Arta Arnicane joins us for an evocative recital featuring works by Debussy, Martinu, and Ayrshire composer Douglas Munn. Festival favourites return including the Festival Service, open to everyone and featuring this year's American stars, the Ruth Naomi Floyd Jazz Quartet.
Later on Sunday, The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus will sing together for the first time in two years in The Scott Riddex Memorial Concert, with performances from CAMPS and the Ayrshire Symphony Orchestra, to celebrate the life of Scott Riddex, a much-beloved member of the Tryst Chorus. The festival comes to a celebratory close with one of the UK's finest professional Scottish ceilidh bands, It's No Reel, playing this year's Festival Ceilidh.
Full Price: GBP 24.00,
Student: GBP 18.00,
Unwaged: GBP 6.00,
Under 18: GBP 6.00,
Free: GBP 0.00
Artists: Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, The King's Singers, The Ruth Naomi Floyd Jazz Quartet, Ancient Voices, Arta Arnicane Piano recital