Andrew McTaggart Festival Chorusmaster/Novantae Singers Director
Eamonn Dougan Festival Chorus Director
David Gerrard Organ
Handel Zadok the Priest
Bull In Nomine IX
Handel Let thy hand be strengthened
Huxley Stretching Out
Handel The King shall rejoice
Specially commissioned works from four composers to mark the 60th birthday of James MacMillan – the composers will be revealed on the night.
The Cumnock Tryst Festival Chorus with the Novantae Singers (a young choir directed by Festival Chorusmaster Andrew McTaggart) will perform a mixture of Handel’s timeless and beautiful choral music, interspersed with musical birthday treats specially composed to celebrate James MacMillan’s 60th birthday. Alongside, David Gerrard will perform some magnificent organ works by Huxley and Bull and the wonderful Eamonn Dougan is back at the Tryst to lead our choral singers in the final concert of the sixth Festival. The inspiring William Burges building of St John the Evangelist Catholic Church is the setting for this special concert to bring our festivities to an end for 2019.
The Festival Chorus is the jewel in the crown of The Cumnock Tryst. It brings together keen choristers from all over Ayrshire and beyond to provide a crucial kernel to the musical and social life of the Festival. Also joined by a brilliant young vocal ensemble, specially created for Cumnock by Andy McTaggart, the closing concert will inspire and delight our audience.
Sir James MacMillan
Approx running time 60 mins, no interval.