Composer James MacMillan's earliest musical memories are of making music with friends in his home town of Cumnock.
Now the composer wants to bring some of the success he has enjoyed around the world back to the place where he grew up.
His idea is The Cumnock Tryst, a music festival which will take place in the Ayrshire town a year from now. Hugely ambitious by any standards, it will feature more than 100 internationally renowned artists.
Not only is it good news for those who appreciate fine music, it will also be a fillip for an area that has struggled economically. The event will take its inspiration from the local traditions of brass bands and choral music but will also put a commitment to the community and its regeneration at the heart of everything it does.
With such impressive ambitions, there is every reason to hope the festival will be a big success. It will also hopefully demonstrate the power of the arts to transform communities in the way that has already happened in other places such as Wigtown.
In the words of James MacMillan, the embers of an exciting musical community still exist in Cumnock; all it needed was for someone to fan them back to life.
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