RODERIC DUNNETT visits
James MacMillan's Cumnock Tryst
Few new music festivals have drawn such interest recently, and very justifiably so, as The Cumnock Tryst.
Founded by composer James MacMillan, and with young violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti, herself born in the same area (albeit further north), as its President, it centres on the former mining town of Cumnock, which nestles in the Ayrshire countryside some way to the south of Greenock and the Firth of Clyde.
Part of East Ayrshire district — which was represented at the concert in the Old Church of Scotland Old Church by its Provost, Jim Todd, an amiable, genial, generous-hearted, philanthropic supporter who would not look amiss amid a skirmish in Braveheart — Cumnock lies some miles inland from the county town (now the administrative centre), Ayr.
Indeed Ayr itself hosts a very acceptable series of individual concerts in its capacious Town Hall, which will include, on Friday 31 October 2014, Nino Rota's Cello Concerto No 2 (with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) and on Sunday 2 November, Gounod's Mass for St Cecilia and Mozart's Coronation Mass sung by the Ayr Choral Union...
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