Cumnock Tryst festival hosts TCL classroom composition book launch

Harriet Clifford
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Written by artistic director Sir James MacMillan and Jennifer Martin, the book is aimed at music teachers and students in the upper years of secondary school.

Sir James MacMillan and Jennifer Martin
Sir James MacMillan and Jennifer Martin

The line-up for the Cumnock Tryst Music Festival in East Ayrshire, Scotland, has been announced, featuring the culmination of an education project and the launch of a book for creative composition in the classroom.

Aiming to put talent, community and young musicians at the centre of this year’s in-person festival, the event runs from 30 September to 3 October.

Friday 1 October will see the launch of Creative Composition for the Classroom, a new book by Sir James MacMillan and Jennifer Martin, composer and chief executive of the Cumnock Tryst. 

Commissioned by Trinity College London (TCL), the book has been designed to illustrate the compositional process to support secondary school music teachers and students. 

As part of the launch at Barony Hall, MacMillan and Martin will discuss the project with Stuart Pearce, director of UK & Ireland markets at TCL, and Gillian Moore, director of music and performing arts for Southbank Centre.

The festival will also host the culmination of an education project that began in April, in which students at Hillside School have been working with MacMillan, Matilda Brown, Tenebrae, Christian Forshaw, and Drake Music Scotland. Alongside Forshaw and choristers from Tenebrae, the students will perform pieces they have created.

MacMillan said: ‘In 2021 our festival will look a little different, as we’ve taken every precaution to ensure maximum safety and audience satisfaction. Concerts will not have an interval and a number of them will take place twice, and we will be streaming four key concerts for those at home to enjoy at their leisure. 

‘However, the programme itself has never been more inclusive and we are as motivated as ever to build on the optimism, idealism and success that has shaped The Cumnock Tryst so far. We look forward to enjoying live music with friends, new audiences, those on staycation and other visitors once more.’

Tickets are now on sale to festival pass holders and patrons, and they will open to the general public on 9 August.